Grants open to boost WA defence industry

The State Government will support collaborative research to strengthen WA’s defence industry with new grants, the McGowan Government has revealed.

Applications for the Collaborative Research grants are now open and are a key component of the government’s Defence and Defence Industries Strategic Plan to grow the local defence industry and create jobs.

The Defence Science Centre grants range from $50,000 to $150,000 and is available for collaborations with universities, industry and government to undertake research on defence industry relevant technology and innovations.

Projects need to be linked to the Department of Defence’s Next Gen Tech Fund priorities, maritime maintenance or reduce the cost of on-the-job training.

Defence Issues Minister Paul Papalia said the grants are central to growing WA’s defence industry following COVID-19.

“As well as boosting innovation and helping bring emerging technologies to market the grants cultivate a long-term focus on innovation and foster ongoing collaboration between universities and industry,” Mr Papalia said.

“These grants are one of the ways the Defence Science Centre is delivering on its mission to connect universities and researchers with industry and Defence to build a stronger Western Australian economy.”

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