UNSW Sydney has joined six other universities across NSW to undertake collaborative research with the aim of better understanding and finding solutions to some of Australia’s biggest defence technology challenges.

The announcement follows the February launch of the NSW Government’s Defence and Industry Strategy, NSW: Strong, Smart and Connected. 

The Government announced last week that it would invest an initial $1.25 million in the university-led network. 

Associate Dean of UNSW Engineering (Industry and Innovation) Professor Ian Gibson, who is leading the work for UNSW, said the collaboration was a terrific opportunity for the University’s researchers to apply their considerable skills to solving complicated real-world problems.

"This is a great opportunity for our researchers to work with their peers on some of Australia’s most complicated technology challenges and recognition by NSW Government of the significant talent that lies within our universities.

"UNSW will contribute $60,000 and two PhD scholarships to the defence-related research projects and hopes to see that work realised through an increase in commercialisation opportunities," Professor Gibson said.

"Within the first three months of establishment, the network will compile a research capability and infrastructure map that collates the combined expertise and capabilities from the member universities mapped against the Defence Technology Priority Areas.

"This capability map will enable the Network to identify gaps and opportunities for research to address areas of need and increase capability."

Professor Gibson said the new university-led network signalled that NSW universities were places with considerable knowledge and expertise and a great place to invest.