FAQs - Defence Innovation Hub

What is the Defence Innovation Hub?

The Defence Innovation Hub will invest around $640 million over the decade in maturing and further developing technologies that have moved from the early science stages into the engineering and development stages of the innovation process. The Defence Innovation Hub connects Defence, industry, academia, and research institutions to collaborate on innovative technologies that can be developed into advanced capability for Defence.

Who leads the Defence Innovation Hub?

The Defence Innovation Hub is managed by the Defence Industry Policy Division (within the Defence Strategic Policy and Intelligence Group).

What types of investments will the Defence Innovation Hub coordinate?

The portfolio of investments will range from small ‘concept’ exploration projects through to large-scale prototypes and integrated technology demonstrations, and will introduce innovation solutions across the Defence enterprise – including information and communications technology and intelligence capabilities.

What will the Defence Innovation Hub do for me?

The Defence Innovation Hub team will assess and manage your proposal through the assessment framework and into contract. Once in contract, the Defence Innovation Hub will work collaboratively with you to ensure the best outcomes for you and Defence.

How much will the Defence Innovation Hub invest?

Around $640 million over the decade to FY 2025-26 will be invested in innovation proposals through the Defence Innovation Hub.

When can I submit my innovation proposal to the Defence Innovation Hub?

All ideas are welcome to be submitted at any time throughout the year through the Defence Innovation Portal.

Will my proposal stay with the Defence Innovation Hub?

Once submitted, your proposal will be assessed and managed by the Department of Defence through the Defence Innovation Hub. Should your idea be better suited to the Next Gen Tech Fund, your proposal will be referred to the Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG) for consideration under Next Gen Tech Fund.

Will the Defence Innovation Hub contact me directly?

Yes, the Defence Innovation Hub team will communicate the status of your proposal with you via email and through your Innovation Hub Management System Dashboard.

What if my proposal is better suited elsewhere?

It may turn out that your innovation is better suited to other industries outside of Defence, or that there are opportunities for you to join domestic or global supply chains.  In this case, CDIC advisers will seek to introduce you and connect you with the right people and opportunities for your business.

What is required of me to submit a proposal?

To submit an innovation proposal with Defence you will need to have an Australian Business Number (ABN) or a New Zealand Business Number (NZBN). You must also be eligible to act on behalf of the business or organisation named on the innovation proposal. For the full list of requirements to do business with Defence, see Preparing to work in the defence industry

Who can view my proposal while it is in draft?

If you provide the CDIC business advisers with consent, they will be able to view your proposal while it is in draft mode. This is encouraged as the CDIC will be able to assist and advise you in forming your proposal. The Defence Innovation Hub will only be able to see limited details of your proposal until formal submission.

Your CDIC adviser will not disclose any of your information to a third party without your consent.

Who can view my proposal after I have submitted it?

Only users authorised by Defence will be able to see the details of your proposal. The CDIC business advisers are able to access certain details in relation to your proposal (i.e. reference number, name, title) for internal management purposes; and to update you on the progress of your proposal.

Your CDIC adviser will not disclose any of your information to a third party without your consent. CDIC business advisers are not authorised to assess or approve innovation proposals for the Defence Innovation Hub or the Next Gen Tech Fund.

Will Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) be favoured over Primes?

Defence recognises that great ideas can originate from a wide range of industry participants including SMEs, academia and research institutions, therefore the Defence Innovation Hub is open to all eligible businesses.

Does the CDIC have influence on the success of my proposal?

The CDIC does not have any influence in the assessment or result of your proposal.

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