Guidelines have been released for the upcoming round of the National Intelligence and Security Discovery Research Grants (NISDRG) for funding in 2024. Expressions of Interest are expected to open for the program in late August.
The NISDRG supports research that deepens understanding of emerging science and technology and addresses intelligence and national security interests.
All named participants must be Australian Citizens, Australian Permanent Residents or New Zealand Special Category Visa holders. Chief Investigators must be employed at an Australian university.
Challenges are unchanged from the previous round:
- Covert Collection challenges
- Space-based challenges
- Identity Management challenges
- Emerging Biological and Material Science Exploitation challenges
- Cyber Security, Protective Security and Offensive Cyber challenges
- Human Behaviour and Influence challenges
- Data-driven and Real-time Analytical challenges
- Situation Awareness and Multi-source Assessment challenges
Additional information and support (via ONI’s ICAS Initiative) is available for potential applicants who are less than 10 years out from PhD completion and meet at least one of the following criteria:
- Indigenous / First nation researcher
- Female or non-binary researcher
- from a non-English speaking background (NESB) or culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) and arrived in Australia from a non-English speaking country less than 10 years ago
- People with a disability
- Researchers from regional and remote areas
Contact your Research Office for more information about accessing ICAS.
NISDRG is administered by the ARC on behalf of ONI – Read more.
More information and documentation can be found at Grant Connect (NI24R1).