Businesses and researchers interested in bidding for Stage 2 of a competition to research advanced joining technologies can work together through a new online collaboration space.

Stage 2 of the ‘Joint Effort’ competition is expected to launch later this year and will look for innovative joining technologies to integrate advanced materials and designs on military platforms in land, sea and air environments. It’s a parallel call by Australia’s Next Generation Technologies Fund and the UK’s Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA). Stage 1 launched in November 2018

The Next Gen Tech Fund is encouraging potential participants to collaborate in Stage 2 to strengthen bids. To that end, the Next Gen Tech Fund has set up a closed LinkedIn group where Stage 1 participants and potential Stage 2 participants can interact and form mutually beneficial collaborations.