Concept to Sovereign Capability

Transforming defence innovation through a collaborative partnership between the University of Adelaide, University of New South Wales, and partners, with support from the Australian Government's Department of Education.

Applications now open for our Industry Research Program

Be part of the next generation of defence specialists. Study a defence led research degree and gain industry experience as you work on real-world projects.

Benefits include:

  • $50,000 p.a. tax-free stipend* and no tuition fees
  • Engage in industry embedded placements and professional development mentorship
  • Grow your network and publish your research contributions.

* Conditions apply

Limited scholarships available.
Applications close December 2023.

About the Initiative

In collaboration with industry, academic and government partners, Defence Trailblazer aims to strengthen Australia’s defence capabilities with cutting edge technologies and solutions, while equipping the next generation of innovators with specialised knowledge and skills to meet the needs of defence.

Defence Trailblazer consists of two distinct focus areas: Workforce, Innovation and Culture and Technology Development & Acceleration.


Workforce, Innovation & Culture

Skilling the workforce of today and shaping the workforce of tomorrow, supporting the acceleration of ideas into commercial application, and promoting a culture of collaboration between industry and academia.

Technology Development & Acceleration

Accelerating the translation and commercialisation of leading-edge defence technologies and solutions across the following key priority areas:

  • Quantum Materials, Technologies & Computing
  • Information Warfare & Advanced Cyber Technologies
  • Defence Space Technologies
  • Defensive Hypersonics & Countermeasures
  • Robotics, Autonomous Systems & AI

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