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CSIRO and DSTO join to strengthen research capability

Australia’s two largest publicly funded research agencies, CSIRO and the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO), have signed a Strategic Relationship Agreement aimed at high-impact research priorities.

Technologies which will come under the umbrella of the agreement include horizon scanning and emerging technologies, manufacturing technologies, advanced materials, intelligent processing, energy storage, autonomous systems, sensors and bio-technology.

Under the alliance the two organisations will also share professional development training programs for staff, undertake staff exchanges and joint community outreach activities and share infrastructure including participation in each other’s innovation precincts.

The agreement is the culmination of a process where CSIRO and DSTO, have worked together to identify opportunities to improve the quality, focus, and depth of the relationship.

“This agreement puts two powerhouses together to support high-tech development for Australia,” CSIRO Chief Executive Dr Megan Clark said.

Chief Defence Scientist Dr Alex Zelinsky who leads DSTO said the agreement was a significant step in conducting world-leading collaborative research for dual use technologies.

Dual use technologies have both defence and civilian applications and the two organisations will work together to transition their dual-use research into practical outcomes for national benefit.

“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.

“With our combined approach we can address Australia’s research priorities, contribute to the National Innovation System and jointly deliver impact to the nation.”

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