The Emerging and Disruptive Technologies (EDT) Program focusses on shaping and future proofing the defence innovation ecosystem.

The EDT Program is monitoring, investigating and researching technologies that may provide leap ahead improvements to existing capabilities or new knowledge that helps identify opportunities for developing asymmetric capabilities for Defence.

By investing in deep and long-term partnerships with universities, industry and/or research providers, EDT is shaping and nurturing critical research and development capability, shaped by Defence’s future requirements. The program is funding research in areas aligned with Defence Strategic Review priorities and the potential to provide the Australian Defence Force with an asymmetric advantage. Projects under the EDT Program will typically be 3 to 5 years in duration.

Advanced Strategic Capabilities Accelerator (ASCA) will promote opportunities under the EDT Program through our key stakeholders, including Office of Defence Industry Support, Australian Defence Science and University Network, industry associations and government agencies.

The EDT Program is not required to deliver short-term acquisition outcomes – it will deliver discovery, new knowledge, concepts and prototypes to help protect against surprise and build capability to provide an international technology edge for Australia.

The EDT Program runs on an annual cycle targeting innovation, science and technology priorities. To keep up to date with EDT, visit the Opportunities page.