A new partnership with APR.Intern will see NSW’s Defence Innovation Network (DIN) invest $230,000 to place 30 specialist PhDs in defence over three years.

Co-funded under APR.Intern’s National Research Internship Program (NRIP), the internships match PhDs to NSW defence companies to develop skills and deliver innovative technology.

The NSW Government has committed $5 million to the Defence Innovation Network and the Commonwealth’s Defence Science and Technology Group and the NSW university partners are also providing investment and funding support.

“Having our best university brains working together with our defence companies will help develop new technologies and protect our armed forces in a range of key areas like autonomous systems, sensors, aerospace, artificial intelligence and more,” said NSW Minister for Trade and Industry, Niall Blair.

This partnership offers NSW Defence businesses access to high-end expert PhD skills from Australia’s leading universities. PhD students, along with their university supervisors, come from all disciplines to partner with industry through 3-5 month tightly focused research internships.

These internships will contribute to placements to be delivered by APR.Intern under the Australian Government’s $28.2 million Supporting more women in STEM careers: Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI)—National Research Internship Program (NRIP).

Defence Innovation Network (DIN) Voucher

$15K – FULL TIME PhD STUDENT AT $3K PER MONTH
$5.5K – ACADEMIC MENTOR PAYMENT
$5.5K – ADMINISTRATION COST & PROJECT MANAGEMENT
*$10K VOUCHER PAID UP-FRONT, ELIGIBLE ORGANISATIONS PAY ONLY $16K

HOW IT WORKS

Cost-effective

  • Access to specialised PhD expertise
  • Used for controlled practice growth
  • Suitable for short-term skill needs
  • Eligible for R&D tax incentive

Rapid Results

  • Short, intensive 3-5 month projects for quick implementation of results
  • Quick turnaround on establishment
  • Responsive to changing business needs and priorities

Hassle Free

  • IP stays with company
  • No employment requirements
  • Pre-approved contract
  • Simple and transparent model
  • Proven and trusted

INDUSTRY ELIGIBILITY

  • Proposal must have Defence relevance
  • Intern OR business must be NSW-based
  • One DIN Intern Voucher per business per year
  • Business must be a DIN Participant OR an SME
  • Proposal must be for R&D relevant to DIN’s technology themes or to enhance Defence industry outcomes

STUDENT ELIGIBILITY

Please note: Due to the sensitivity and security of DIN projects, students must have Australian Citizenship to apply. Students also need to be enrolled in one of the following universities; Macquarie University, The University of Newcastle, The University of New South Wales, The University of Sydney, University of Technology Sydney, University of Wollongong or Western Sydney University. Any applicants not meeting this requirement will automatically be deemed ineligible for the applied project.

FIND OUT MORE

 (03) 8344 1785
contact@aprintern.org.au