Government announces defence industry funding for geospatial intelligence projects


The Department of Defence is encouraging Australian defence industry companies to submit proposals for funding to support the provision of geospatial intelligence products to Defence and Government customers.

The Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation (AGO) has partnered with a Victorian not-for-profit company FrontierSI to deliver the second instalment of a program supporting the development of Australia’s vital geospatial-intelligence capabilities.

Making the announcement, Defence Industry Minister Melissa Price said the AGO Analytics Labs program – which is designed to directly deliver insights to the AGO – aims to complement other successful Defence innovation initiatives, such as the Defence Innovation Hub.

She said the partnership with FrontierSI intends to improve AGO’s understanding of modern artificial intelligence and data analytics methods for mapping and imagery.

“This is about establishing new frameworks for engagement, strengthening partnerships and raising the awareness of industry and academia to the challenges and capability requirements of our geospatial community,” Minister Price added.

After the success of the pilot in 2019, the program has been expanded to include at least six potential sub-contracts valued up to $150,000 each, and split over two challenge rounds.

Round one of the program involves industry addressing an initial three unclassified and emergent capability challenges, via small-scale research projects and concept demonstrators.

Yesterday marked the start of the proposal submission period of the second iteration of the AGO Analytics Labs program, with all round one responses due back to FrontierSI by 11 December 2020.

Minister Price said sub-contracts, through FrontierSi, will be awarded in January 2021 and will run for about six months.

According to the Minister, they will involve participants working with AGO subject matter experts to demonstrate how modern technologies can potentially be used in the provision of geospatial?intelligence products.

“I am pleased to invite innovative Australian and New Zealand companies to submit project proposals that explore novel solutions to unclassified, but pertinent, challenges,” Ms Price continued.

“AGO’s partnership with industry experts, such as FrontierSI, reinforces the Morrison Government’s commitment to supporting Australia’s world-leading and critical innovation sector.”

Further information on AGO Analytics Labs challenge statements and how to submit your proposal can be found at:

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