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Australia seeks guidance on quantum technologies

11 January 2018

The Australian Department of Defence’ (DoD’s) Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group is seeking proposals from academia, industry, as well as government research agencies to guide future inquiry into defence-relevant development into quantum technologies.

Quantum technology has been identified as one of the priority initiatives of the DoD’s Next Generation Technologies Fund, which was announced in March 2017 and will see the government invest up to AUD730 million (USD575 million) to fund research efforts out to 2026.

Funding applications for quantum technology research will close on 13 February.

According to the DST Group, proposals are being sought for expertise on areas such as quantum sensors, positioning, navigation, and timing devices, which would inform development on quantum clocks that have low size, weight, and power (SWaP) characteristic but offer with ultra-accurate timing and synchronisation performance; quantum sensors that can better detect objects, underground structures, and even materials such as biological agents and explosives; and new radars or laser radars (LADARs) that provide significant improvements in resolution, noise performance, and countermeasure resistance.

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