Flinders University and the Department of Defence have entered a new phase of collaboration, supported by the federal government’s Next Generation Technologies Fund.
Flinders is forging a defence-oriented strategy and cross-disciplinary approach to key growth industries including maritime engineering, nanotechnology, energetics, forensic and analytical science, robotics, systems engineering, control and imaging and cybersecurity.
Minister for Defence Industry, the Honourable Senator Christopher Pyne says Flinders and other universities play a vital role in research and development to build defence capability. "It is important that universities are able to develop the skills needed by the workforce of Australia's burgeoning defence industry," says Pyne.
"Defence has a well-established Defence Science Partnership program with 33 Australian universities, to collaborate on defence research projects. And the Defence Science and Technology Group is fully engaged with universities in developing game-changing capabilities under the Next Generation Technologies Fund."
Northrop Grumman Australia Chief Executive Ian Irving, Minister for Defence Industry
Christopher Pyne, and Flinders University Vice-Chancellor Professor Colin Stirling
With $90 billion worth of naval shipbuilding projects taking place in South Australia,Professor John Spoehr, Director of Flinders’ Australian Industrial Transformation Institute says “it's important that we take the engineering and science teams out of pure R&D and open them up to industries that need to increase their capability, especially their digital manufacturing capability."
In collaboration with German tech giant Festo, Flinders has established one of the few Future Factories in the southern hemisphere, the Tonsley Manufacturing Innovation Hub, which is spearheading the development of i4.0 capacity for SMEs through to Defence Primes.
Last year 22 universities participated in A$5.7 million of projects under the NGTF scheme.
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