Defence expanding future-focused human performance research

Proposals closed on 15 March.

Defence is extending and expanding scientific research in human performance through its Human Performance Research network (HPRnet). Universities can receive funding of up to $500,000 from the Next Generation Technologies Fund for innovative, future-focused research on Defence’s human performance priorities.

HPRnet information sessions for university scientific researchers are being conducted across Australia during the week of 18–22 February. Hear and discuss how you can help soldiers enhance their physical and cognitive performance.

The performance of Australian Defence Force (ADF) people and their ability to adapt and prevail in future operational scenarios is a critical factor in building and sustaining the ADF’s capability edge.

Defence Science and Technology (DST) established HPRnet in 2016 with a $4 million investment over four years from Army. HPRnet is currently funding research by universities across Australia focused on enhancing the cognitive and physical performance and resilience of military personnel.

HPRnet is expanding to include the human performance research priorities of Air Force and Navy, with an investment of a further $4 million from the Next Gen Tech Fund.

DST is seeking proposals for innovative, future-focused research that addresses one of more of the ADF’s human performance priorities. These include:

  • physical preparation
  • physical augmentation
  • cognitive preparation
  • cognitive augmentation.

Successful universities could receive funding of up to $500,000 per study over four years and become members of the HPRnet research community.

For more information see the DST website.

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