The Department of Defence (Defence) is seeking proposed innovations that will help shape the Army’s future approach to the challenges of novel weapons and effects in a combined arms team in a joint environment (Innovation Theme), via the Defence Innovation Hub.
Up to 30 respondents will be invited to display and demonstrate their proposed innovations at the Army Innovation Day 2017 (AID17) on Monday, 6 November 2017 at Adams Auditorium at the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra ACT, Australia.
13th September 2017- 3:00 pm (ACT Local Time)
What funding or grants are available?
Following AID17, Defence will conduct a final assessment of the submissions in accordance with the Terms, taking into account information gathered at AID17, and may invite one or more respondents to participate in a Request for Proposal (RFP) process.
If a proposal is successful in the RFP process, Defence will invite the successful respondent(s) to negotiate or execute an Innovation Contract.
This Innovation Contract will be for the conduct of user trials and evaluations in relation to the proposed innovation, in Australian Army units within 12 months of AID17.
What are the eligibility criteria?
This Call For Submissions (CFS) is comprised of two assessment phases – the CFS Initial Assessment and a CFS Final Assessment of submissions.
The Army is seeking innovation proposals that meet the Innovation Theme or any of the following Innovation Sub Themes:
- Novel weapons that include less than lethal effects that can be applied to an individual person, group of people, vehicle (ground, aerial or watercraft), facility or system. This might also include domestic and wild animals.
- Novel approaches to counter weapons and effects (less than lethal) that can be applied to protect or enhance people, vehicles, facilities, systems or animals.
- Novel effects in signature management of systems including weapons, vehicles, facilities or IT systems: Examples might include an ability to change, manage, hide or deceive the signature of an individual, group of people, vehicle, facility or system, including decoys.
- Novel effects in signature management of IT and/or cyber systems: Examples might include IT or web presence when in the field – i.e. iPhone finder of soldiers mobiles in the field, replication or decoy and/or decoy IT presence – i.e. make more soldiers appear to be using iPhones, or management of IT or cyber presence (monitor and/or reduce).
What is the assessment criteria?
Each submission in response to the CFS will be assessed against the following criteria, not in any order of importance:
- Suitability – The extent to which the proposed innovation could further the effectiveness of a Defence capability, enterprise or technology challenge.
- the extent to which the respondent’s submission clearly articulates and explains the proposed innovation;
- the extent to which the proposed innovation is unique, and would provide a new or enhanced capability, or improves Defence’s effectiveness and efficiency through innovation; and
- the extent to which the respondent’s submission addresses the Innovation Theme or an Innovation Sub Theme.
- Feasibility – The extent to which the proposed innovation will be able to be developed and adopted with relevant defence systems, from a technology perspective
- the current technology readiness level of the proposed innovation, the relevance and credibility of any claims made by the respondent relating to the feasibility of the proposed innovation.
- Timeliness – The anticipated timeframe that the proposed innovation would require to realise a positive impact on Defence capability.
- the extent to which the proposed timeline and duration of the proposed innovation aligns with timelines for any Defence capability requirements or related activities undertaken by Defence, including whether the proposed innovation will be ready to be subject to user trials and evaluations in Australian Army units within 12 months of AID17 and any timelines indicated in the CFS Terms and associated documents such as the AID17 Information Pack.
- Contribution to Australia’s Defence industry capability – The extent to which the proposed innovation has the potential to improve or contribute to Australia’s Defence Industry capability and capacity.
Army Innovation Day 2017 (AID17)
- The purpose of AID17 is for selected proposed innovations to be displayed, exhibited and demonstrated to a panel of capability specialists and decision-makers in Defence. At AID17, respondents should be prepared to answer questions and supply supporting material to Defence to support their proposed innovation.
- AID17 is part of the CFS assessment process and any information obtained on the day may be used by Defence in its assessment of submissions.
- Respondents invited to participate in AID17 may be provided an AID17 process document that provides further details of the AID17 process and the specific terms that govern AID17 and its related activities.
How do I apply?
You can make a submission to this CFS using the “Call for Submissions Smart Form”.
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