National Security Science and Technology Branch
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About the National Security Science and Technology Branch
The National Security Science and Technology (NSST) Branch within the National Security and International Policy Group provides a national focus for science and innovation aimed at enhancing Australia's national security. The Branch carries out this role through:
- Leading the implementation of the National Security Science and Innovation Strategy;
- Preparing the Annual Statement of National Security Science and Innovation Priorities;
- Coordinating the collation and dissemination of national security science and innovation priorities and research outcomes, as well as monitoring progress against the National Security Objectives for Science and Innovation;
- Supporting the work of the National Security Science and Innovation Advisory Board and Steering Committee;
- Managing the Research Support for National Security program, which provides co-funding for research projects that provide innovative solutions to prioritised national security requirements;
- Developing and overseeing international collaborative linkages and programs which enhance national security-related research and innovation; and
- Fostering collaboration between the national security community and innovators, including through workshops and conferences, the publication of National Security Science and Innovation Directory and engagement with peak provider and funding bodies, such as the Research Network for a Secure Australia and the Australian Research Council
In 2010, the Australian Research Council (ARC) conducted the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) initiative. The Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2010 is a comprehensive review conducted by the ARC of the quality of research activity undertaken at Australian higher education institutions between 1 January 2003 and 31 December 2008. While the review does not specifically mention national security, many of the Fields of Research listed are potentially relevant.
Further information and contact details
Further information on the NSST Branch is available on this website or by contacting the NSST Branch via
Please not that the NSST Branch does not buy, acquire, or advise on the acquisition of equipment for national security agencies. It is therefore not possible for a provider to claim or imply endorsement from the NSST Branch. Any information regarding developed capabilities or solutions should be directed to the relevant agency.
Applications are now open for the ARC's Future Fellowships program for 2011. Future Fellowships endeavours to promote research in areas of critical national importance by giving outstanding researchers incentives to conduct their research in Australia. The aim of Future Fellowships is to attract and retain the best and brightest mid-career researchers. In 2011 some specific national security-related priorities have been incorporated as Targeted Research Areas, including chemical and biological hazards, pattern recognition and data mining, forensic science and electronic security, surveillance and detection.
Proposals close on 20 April 2011. For more information about the Future Fellowships program, visit the Australian Research Council website.
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