CSIRO and the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) have signed a Strategic Relationship Agreement which seals the commitment of the two research organisations to high-impact research priorities.
According to the media release from CSIRO, different technologies will come under the umbrella of the agreement including manufacturing technologies, horizon scanning and emerging technologies, advanced materials, intelligent processing, energy storage, autonomous systems, sensors and bio-technology.
“This agreement puts two powerhouses together to support high-tech development for Australia,” said CSIRO Chief Executive Dr Megan Clark.
Dr. Clark says the agreement was the culmination of a process where the two organisations had worked together to identify opportunities where they can improve on the quality, focus and depth of the relationship.
CSIRO and DSTO, two of Australia’s largest publicly funded research agencies, undertake to share professional development training for their staff, staff exchanges, and joint community outreach programs. The alliance also commits itself to sharing infrastructure, including participating in each other’s innovation precincts.
Dr. Alex Zelinsky, Chief Defense Scientist who leads DSTO says the agreement is a “significant step” in conducting collaborative research for dual-use technologies.
“This collaboration is an opportunity to undertake research into high-impact areas and take a big picture approach to the development of Australia’s national research capability,” Dr Zelinsky said.
Dr Zelinsky said dual-use technologies had both defense and civilian applications, and CSIRO and DSTO would work together to transition their dual-use research into practical outcomes that will benefit the entire country.
“With our combined approach we can address Australia’s research priorities, contribute to the National Innovation System and jointly deliver impact to the nation,” he said.
DSTO is the Australian government’s lead agency charged with applying science and technology to protect and defend Australia and its national interests. DSTO delivers expert, impartial advice and innovative solutions for Defence and other elements of national security.
It has an annual budget of approximately $440 million and employs around 2,600 staff, predominantly scientists, engineers, IT specialists and technicians.