Army Research Scheme

The Australian Army’s Strategic Plans Branch is seeking service providers to undertake paid research on topics that will inform future land force development and modernisation.


Current funding round now closed. Applicants will be advised of outcome in due course. Intent remains to go to contract with successful applicants in July 2015.

Areas of interest are wide ranging and include operational, technological, social, cultural and organisational topics. Researchers from all disciplines are encouraged to apply.

The research outcomes sought are either articles (3,000 to 5,000 words) or stand alone papers (10,000 to 20,000 words). Army will facilitate publication of research in the first instance in either the Australian Army Journal or the Army Research Papers Series.

Applications for FY 2014-2015 are now open and will be assessed on a continuous basis until funds are exhausted. The application package consists of:

Submissions and general enquiries can be sent to

Frequently asked questions

Is there an upper limit for funding under the Army Research Scheme?

Currently the upper limit for research funded through the Army Research Scheme is $80,000. A research scheme to fund projects of more than $80,000 is under development and should be ready for funding at the start of FY 2016.

How much money has Army budgeted in FY 2015 for the Army Research Scheme?

The funds allocated to the Army Research Scheme for FY 2015 is $250,000.

How long are research projects expected to take?

It is expected that Army will receive the contracted deliverable within 12 months of the project’s start.

Who owns the intellectual property (IP) created during research undertaken under the Army Research Scheme?

The contractor retains ownership of IP created during research undertaken under the Army Research Scheme. However, the researcher grants to the Commonwealth a royalty-free license for the IP’s use.

What form should deliverables take?

Generally, although not exclusively, deliverables should take the form of either an article or short monograph and be written to an academic standard. The Commonwealth reserves the right of first publication in either the Australian Army Journal or as an Australian Army Research Paper.

What contracts were awarded in FY 2013-2014?

Deakin University, An Intelligent Decision Support Tool for Resource Allocation and Risk Analysis

Flinders University, Visualising Uncertainty as an Aid to Situation Awareness and Decision-Making

La Trobe University, Fighting Smart: The Soldier Augmented with Personal Robots and Wearable Technologies in the 21st Century

Macquarie University, Developing an Existential Philosophy and Practical Mindset for Army to Respond Flexibly to Disruptive Change

Southern Cross University, Investigating the Relationship between Psychological Resilience, Effective Supervision, Work Performance and Retention of Australian Army Personnel

The value of the contracts ranged from less than $13,000 to mid $50,000.