Voxon secures funding from South Australia’s Collaborative Research Fund
Voxon Photonics is excited to announce it has recently won a Defence Innovation Partnership grant and will lead a project to enable superior decision making through true volumetric, three-dimensional battlespace visualisation. Partnering with BAE Systems, University of South Australia and Flinders University, the collaborative project comes with $150K of support from the South Australian Government.
Voxon CEO, Gavin Smith, said of the win, “Voxon would like to acknowledge the support that BAE Systems has given to specialist SME’s like ourselves via the Australian Industry Global Access Program (GAP) team. The BAE team has been highly engaged with us from the beginning and established connections for us with the broader BAE Systems international business.
The additional support and insight we received from BAE Maritime in the UK was also instrumental in us being successful with this application. The GAP program ensures fast and collaborative information flow to allow businesses like Voxon to scope these projects for real-world need and application.
It’s encouraging to see Government support aligning to outcomes that have significant strategic benefit to organisations in South Australia, and whilst this specific project relates to 3D volumetric visualisation for the defence sector, the benefits will flow on to products suited to medical visualisation, education and other sectors where glasses-free 3D data interpretation is of value.
We are looking forward to leveraging the academic experience and manufacturing capabilities of University of South Australia as well as cementing our existing relationship with Flinders University where our company was first incubated at the New Venture Institute in 2014.
Funding to boost real-world impact of defence research innovation in South Australia
In its largest ever funding round, South Australia’s Defence Innovation Partnership has awarded over $1 million to fund cutting-edge collaborative defence research ventures.
From quantum-enhanced clock synchronisation to development of freeform optics for small satellites to advanced 3D battlespace visualisation, the funding will drive innovation in Australian Defence research and development (R&D).
Funding of seven new projects will be enabled by the fourth round of the Defence Innovation Partnership’s Collaborative Research Fund.
Premier Steven Marshall MP said the research potential generated by the successful partnerships represents a critical component of the cutting-edge defence projects coming out of South Australia.
“The Collaborative Research Fund has already supported 13 innovative projects, and with an extra seven now awarded funding, we’re engaging some of our best scientists and researchers to help deliver advanced defence technologies and capabilities from South Australia,” he said.
“A robust and resilient defence industry depends on a strong research base; South Australia prides itself on being visionary and our support of these innovative research projects cements this position.”
“Establishing a collaborative environment in which defence-relevant research, development and innovation can thrive is a high priority for South Australia, and one that will continue to grow.”
The major project Voxon is involved will support delivery and sustainment of the nation’s future defence capabilities, and includes:
$150,000 for Enabling Superior Decision Making through Battlespace Visualisation, led by Voxon Photonics, with partners BAE Systems Australia, Flinders University, University of South Australia and the Royal Australian Navy
Defence Innovation Partnership Advisory Board Chair Kim Scott said the seven successful projects are a strong example of how networks like the Defence Innovation Partnership push the potential of collaborative research for the benefit of Australia’s defence and national security.
“The exceptional scope of projects in this funding round demonstrate the breadth of innovation and real-world impact of South Australian researchers and industry,” he said.
“Science and technology is identified in the Defence White Paper as a key enabler of the successful delivery and sustainment of the nation’s enhanced defence capabilities.”
“The Defence Innovation Partnership is delivering on this by supporting interdisciplinary research to develop world-class solutions for complex defence challenges.”
The Defence Innovation Partnership is a collaborative venture between the South Australia Government, Defence Science and Technology Group, and South Australia’s three universities – the University of Adelaide, Flinders University and the University of South Australia.
Pictured, L-R: Dr Fred Baynes (Cryoclock), Craig Rogers (DIP), Ben Hodge (APC Technology), Dr Jennifer Young (Flinders University), Gavin Smith (Voxon Photonics), A/Prof Craig Priest (UniSA), Sumen Rai (DIP), Andrew Fullgrabe (DIP) and Dr Kamil Zuber (UniSA)
The full list of grant beneficiaries can be found here.