Defence rolls out the welcome mat for universities

By Stephen Easton

Wednesday July 23, 2014

Chief Defence Scientist Dr Alex Zelinsky speaking at the launch of new the Defence Science Partnerships program. Photo: Department of Defence.

University researchers who want to collaborate on research projects with Defence and national security agencies should find the process a lot easier through a new program to streamline the process, launched today.

The Defence Science Partnerships program will be led by the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO), which already runs the Industry Alliance program to facilitate research and development collaboration with the private sector.

Chief Defence scientist Dr Alex Zelinsky (pictured) explained there would now be a uniform model for collaborative research with universities with a consistent approach to intellectual property and cost sharing.

“The program’s strength lies in its potential to harness Australia’s world-class research and better align it to Defence priorities through increased collaboration and a greater sharing of resources and infrastructure,” Dr Zelinsky said.

“Through the partnerships program, we will work with our university partners to also promote careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and increase the number of STEM students.”

The program was developed in consultation with a working group from the University of Adelaide, RMIT, Australian National University, University of Queensland, University of New South Wales, Monash University, Charles Darwin University and the University of Tasmania.

“Involvement in the program will enable universities to access funding from DSTO and other sources, and share research infrastructure,” a Defence spokesperson said.

Top image credit: Department of Defence.

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