The Queensland Defence Science Alliance (QDSA) is pleased to support higher degree research (HDR) students across the state to develop and initiate Defence partnerships and capability advancement.

In doing so, the QDSA will award one QDSA Higher Degree Research (HDR) Capability Grant to each member University per calendar year. The successful candidate representing each member university will be a member of the QDSA HDR cohort for that year. This QDSA HDR Capability Grant provides successful candidates with the opportunity and exposure to showcase their research and would suit anyone considering a career in Defence, Science, Engineering and Innovation.

The successful candidates will be funded for a period of three (3) months at a stipend of $20,000 (AUD) plus an additional $5,000 (AUD) for any prototyping or equipment costs required in the project.

During these three months the candidate will be required to translate their HDR research findings into a capability demonstrator for the Australian Defence Force (ADF). The cohort of successful applicants will present their capability design to representatives from the ADF in a final pitch.

An eligible recipient must meet the following requirements:

  • For security purposes, the student must be an Australia citizen or permanent resident
  • Must be an enrolled HDR student at a QDSA member University
  • Must be at a point in candidature to translate HDR findings into Defence capability
  • Must provide a letter of support from their principal supervisor

Conditions of accepting the QDSA HDR Capability Grant:

  • Join and participate in the QDSA HDR cohort as well as presenting the individual capability in the final pitch to the ADF
  • By submitting an application for this Grant you agree to the terms and conditions of the contract
  • The successful applicant will be required to work with a Defence sponsor provided by QDSA

Assessment will be based on:

Submission will include:

  • Completion of QDSA HDR Capability Grant Application Form (download via link below)
  • Letter of support from your Principal Supervisor
  • Applicant’s current CV

QDSA Capability Grant Agreements

  • Granting body/contracting party is the University of Queensland (UQ) as the
    administrating organisation for the Queensland Defence Science Alliance (QDSA).
  • IP is owned by the grant recipient.
  • If there is any IP included in the project reports, UQ is granted a licence to use it
    only to fulfil its obligations under the QDSA Alliance Agreement i.e. in reporting to
    the QDSA. Grant recipients are encouraged to not include any IP in their reports.
  • Grant recipients are responsible for any other agreements that might be needed for
    the project (e.g. with collaborators). UQ will not need to be a party to the
    agreement.
  • An eligible recipient must meet the following requirements:
    • For security purposes, the student must be an Australia citizen or permanent
      resident;
    • Must be an enrolled Higher Degree by Research (HDR) student at a QDSA
      Member University;
    • Must be at a point in candidature to translate HDR findings into Defence
      capability;
    • Must provide a letter of support from their principal supervisor; and
    • Must be able to work with a Defence sponsor provided by QDSA.
  • The grant is to have no effect on the HDR student’s rights to examination, copyright
    ownership etc.
  • Copies of publications that come out of the work are to be provided to QDSA.
  • Reasonable efforts are to be made to acknowledge QDSA support.

QDSA Capability Grant Timeline

Applications Open* 7th June
Applications Close 25th June
Announcement of results 5th July
Start of HDR Capability Grant 2nd August
Presentation to ADF Nov/Dec 2021

For further information please contact QDSA:

Submit Online EnquiryCall Us

HDR Capability Grant Forms

Download Application FormGrant EOIGrant Funding Agreement