Artificial Intelligence for Decision Making Initiative


The Artificial Intelligence for Decision Making Initiative (the Initiative) (Round 2) is now accepting applications.


The Initiative is a collaborative project between the Office of National Intelligence (ONI) and the Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG), to develop Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) expertise and capability in areas of significant importance to the Australian defence and national security community.

Individuals are invited to apply their skill and expertise to solve one of 10 AI and ML research and development related challenges.

Successful applicants will be provided with three-month funding of up to $20,000 per project and could also have the opportunity to be part of a national network focused on developing AI and ML technology. There is also the opportunity for project prototypes to be considered for progression through the Defence Artificial Intelligence Centre (DAIC), or defence and university sectors.

The Initiative is being delivered on a national basis through the Defence Science Centre, Defence Science Institute, Defence Innovation Network, Defence Innovation Partnership and Queensland Defence Science Alliance.

The Challenge topics are: 

  1. Multi-Modal Narrative Extraction
  2. Reasoning with Uncertainty in Temporal Knowledge
  3. Effective updating of deep learning models with limited new data
  4. Understanding Linguistic Feature Encoding in Transformers
  5. Word search over Wav2vec 2.0 neural representation
  6. AI Enabled Portfolio Design for Defence Capability Investment Projects
  7. Automatic parsing & annotation of semi-structured documents
  8. Goal-based agent learning and reasoning in uncertain environments
  9. Decision making in uncertain, dynamic and complex information environments
  10. Strategy formulation in open adversarial environments

More information on the Challenges can be found here

Project Requirements

Funded projects will demonstrate prototype solutions, in the form of a software tool or related product that demonstrates the solution(s) to the chosen Challenge.

Applicants must also provide project reports that detail the approach to the Challenge and an overview of the solution, to enable assessment of project performance.

The maximum funding amount is $20,000 per project.

The length of projects must be three months and must be completed by the end of February 2022.

The intent of the Initiative is to fund individuals to undertake separate projects, however small team-based proposals may be considered, subject to available funding. Funding for a team-based proposal is restricted to the same arrangements for an individual.

Individuals may submit applications to as many Challenges as they wish, however only one project will be funded per applicant, and each project must be discrete and stand alone from others.

A licence to use the intellectual property developed as part of project must be provided to the grant sponsor via IP Licence Deed. This licence will be for Commonwealth Use purposes only.

Applications will be assessed by a Panel.

Opening and Closing Timeframes

The Initiative will have a continuous assessment process, with only outstanding applications funded.

Applications will be accepted from 10 May 2021, closing midnight (AEST), 7 June 2021

It is expected up to 50 projects could be funded.

Getting help

Refer to our Frequently Asked Questions attached.

If you require other assistance or guidance to complete the application form please email