For Universities

Financial Assistance and Support

DSI offers a number of grants to support collaborations between industry and academia. These are a great way to reduce the risks involved with testing out new relationships. Our grants include:

Collaborative Research Grants

Successful applicants are awarded up to $50,000 to help fund new research collaborations between universities and industry.

Industry Internships Grants

Via collaborations with the Ai Group and the APR.Intern program, financial support is available for Defence-relevant industry internships for undergraduate and postgraduate students respectively, promoting collaborative partnerships between universities and industry.

Research Higher Degree (Rhd) Student Grants


$15,000 awarded to universities to be paid as a stipend to students undertaking Defence-relevant collaborative RHD projects with industry, Defence or other universities.

Networking Opportunities

We run a number of events that bring together people of diverse backgrounds with mutual objectives. Take advantage of opportunities to expand your network across industry, academia and Defence.

Our flagship networking event is an Innovation PitchFest, which runs at the major Defence and national Security expos. 

Contact us for more information.


The Australian defence science and technology sector is dynamic and diverse. With local companies developing world-leading technologies and Defence investing in collaborations between universities and industry, now is the perfect time to get involved. We can help you make the right connections.

Contact us for assistance.