Small Business Innovation Research for Defence – Call for Applications
18 June, 2018
The Small Business Innovation Research for Defence (SBIRD) program provides an opportunity for Australia’s Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to undertake research projects which have potential for future Defence application.
A Defence innovation initiative, the SBIRD program is managed through the Next Generation Technologies Fund. The program seeks to encourage a new generation of innovators in developing breakthrough technologies for the Australian Defence Force.
Defence is currently seeking proposals from Australian small businesses to contribute to the development of adaptive camouflage for uninhabited aerial systems.
Specifically, novel solutions are sought that can:
- adapt to changing conditions to reduce the visual detectability against a sky background; and/or
- reduce/change the acoustic signature of these small aircrafts to make them less acoustically detectable in different environmental conditions.
Defence is encouraging research and development in this field with a view to producing signature management solutions that can later be developed and applied to larger, more detectable platforms.