Capability and Technology Demonstrator (CTD) Program

Up to $4M is available to demonstrate how your technology might enhance Defence capability.

Capability and Technology Demonstrator (CTD) Program


The Capability and Technology Demonstrator Program (CTD) improves Australia’s Defence capabilities by giving Australian and New Zealand industry opportunities to demonstrate new ideas and approaches related to using technology.


A Capability and Technology Demonstrator Program is demonstrated to a Defence audience, usually after 2 to 3 years of funded development.

A Capability and Technology Demonstrator (CTD) is a project that demonstrates how technology might enhance Defence capability in a previously unexplored manner.  The focus of the Capability and Technology Demonstrator Program is on technology-driven capability.  The aim of the Capability and Technology Demonstrator Program is to provide opportunities to demonstrate how advanced technology can provide significant enhancement in priority Defence capability areas.



The aim of the CTD Program is to provide opportunities to demonstrate how advanced technology can provide significant enhancement in priority Defence capability areas. The CTD Program promotes a mechanism for companies and individuals to put their innovative solutions or ideas to Defence for assessment.


Eligible Projects

The CTD Program has a number of funding initiatives aimed at assisting industry, particularly Small to Medium Enterprises, to participate.  These funding initiatives include:

  • Seed Funding for Detailed Project Proposals.  Initial Proposals which are considered to be appropriate for inclusion in the Program but which need further development to better meet Defence’s requirements may attract Seed Funding for the development of Detailed Proposals.
  • Project Viability Funding. Project Viability Funding is available to help selected companies retain staff and maintain infrastructure allocated to proposed CTD projects while awaiting the application outcome.
  • Concept Definition Funding.  In additional to the annual round call, Defence may accept proposals of varying levels of maturity at any time, and provide funding towards developing such proposals to the level required for the CTD Program.



Proposals should address an area of Defence capability priority, such as those included in the Integrated Investment Program, and are required to demonstrate the capability potential of a technology within three years. Some areas of capability interest that applicants may wish to consider include:

  • Air combat systems
  • Advanced airborne sensors and networks
  • Advanced combat vehicle technology and systems
  • Advanced land/littoral zone sensors and networks
  • Advanced maritime airborne sensors and networking
  • Advanced weapon systems and technology
  • Airborne Electronic Warfare
  • Aircrew training
  • Alternate fuels and energy sources
  • Amphibious combat systems and technology
  • Autonomous vehicles and support systems
  • Combat service support systems
  • Command, Control, Communications, Computing and Intelligence Systems
  • Countering improvised explosive devices
  • Cyber technology and systems
  • Data analytics techniques and tools
  • Deployable health services and equipment
  • Directed energy systems and technology
  • Enhancing the use and management of Defence ranges and remote infrastructure
  • Explosive ordnance management
  • Human protection and performance
  • Integrated Air and Missile Defence
  • Integrated ISR
  • Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance, Electronic Warfare technologies and systems
  • Joint Battlespace Management Systems
  • Material sciences and advanced manufacturing
  • Military Air, Sea, and Land transport technology and systems
  • Military environment geo-spatial information systems
  • Quantum systems and technologies
  • Reducing the burden for the soldier
  • Resilient and responsive information networking
  • Shipbuilding technology
  • Simulation systems for military training
  • Social media analysis technologies
  • Space systems and technology
  • Special operations capabilities
  • Surface ship sensors and networking
  • Undersea sensors and networking



Defence has undertaken over 100 CTD Programs ranging from $150,000 to $4,000,000 at a total cost exceeding $250 million. Defence payments are made on completion of meeting mutually developed project milestones.



Applications for the last round closed on 25th July 2016.

The next round is likely to be in July 2017.


How to get the CTD Program grant?

CTD proposals are considered against the following evaluation criteria:

  1. Potential to contribute to Defence Capability Development – the proposed technology’s potential to provide a new or enhanced capability to Defence and/or inform the capability development process.
  2. Potential to Transition into Service – the presence of an identified need, or pathway into service, for the proposed technology.
  3. Technology and Innovation – the degree and type of technical innovation and its importance to Defence.
  4. Industry Capability Enhancement – the degree to which Australian industry will benefit from receiving Defence assistance in demonstrating the technology.
  5. Project Management – addresses the applicant’s project management processes and structures, with particular emphasis on risk management, described in the CTD proposal.


Expert Assistance

Writing a good quality grant application is a critical element in the application process. An application needs to be well thought through, written concisely, have clear objectives and purpose, and show clear links to the objectives of the grant guidelines.

The grant application must answer all questions, provide all required information and respond to the merit criteria. It should also reflect your organisation’s business strategy.

Writing a good application takes time and effort, and requires particular writing skills.

Bulletpoint are expert grant consultants and can assist with all aspects of grant preparation.


Round 17 CTD Projects

The successful projects for Round 17 of the CTD Program are as follows:

  1. Wideband Adaptive Interference Canceller which aims to protect Electronic Warfare (EW) systems from on-board and off-board electronic interference (Ultra Electronics û Avalon Systems Pty Ltd, SA).
  2. Sensor Augmented Vision for Improved Operation of Rotorcraft in a Degraded Visual Environment (SAVIOUR) which seeks to reduce the probability of helicopter accidents caused by spatial disorientation in bad weather and light by providing aircrew with an all-direction, augmented view of the outside environment (Rheinmetall Simulation Australia Pty Ltd (formerly known as Sydac), SA).
  3. Data Cloudlets to Support IT Services which will develop techniques for protecting and synchronising data before, during and after a sudden disconnection to avoid loss of operational data (SMS Consulting Group Ltd, NSW).
  4. Active Electronic Scanned Array for High Bandwidth Data, a proposal to develop a capability for a high bandwidth, ship-to-ship communication link by adapting equipment currently installed on ANZAC Class Frigates (CEA Technologies Pty Ltd, ACT).
  5. Passive Radar designed to demonstrate a system that detects objects by picking up the energy radiated or reflected by them, without requiring a transmitter (BAE Systems Ltd, SA).
  6. Photonic Enhanced Radio Frequency Front End will use advances in microchip and photonic technologies to build a high-sensitivity electronic front end û placed between a radar antenna and follow-on signal processing stages û which should improve detection of smaller, faster, smarter targets like missiles, as well as generally enhance operational intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. (The University of Sydney, NSW).
  7. Combat Helmet System with High Powered Rifle and Increased Fragment Protection which aims to apply new bonding and laminating techniques to make advanced ceramic helmet shells to be manufactured into light weight composite infantry helmets offering multi-hit and shock protection for soldiers (Armor Composite Engineering Pty Ltd, NSW).
  8. CEA Missile Simulation Target (CEAMIST) which plans to develop the Navy capability to conduct anti-missile training exercises with low cost realistic radar targets (with CEA Technologies Pty Ltd, ACT).


Round 18 Projects

The successful projects for Round 18 of the CTD Program are as follows:

  1. GPS RF Interference locator, which is a new technology to improve the detection and location of interference sources affecting the Global Navigation Satellite System (GPSas Systems Australia, VIC).
  2. Portable, Reversible Hydrogen Fuel Cell, which will demonstrate a low-signature, rechargeable and portable energy supply to support forward operating bases with the ability to recharge a wide range of soldier-borne electronic devices (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, VIC).
  3. The Intelligent Submarine Communications Exchange Environment, which envisages the development of an improved way for submarine operators to gather, store, filter and prioritise information for very fast exchange at a time of their choosing (Lockheed Martin Australia).
  4. The Active Exhaust Silencer for Submarine Engines, which is a project whereby a silencer will be developed to reduce the exhaust noise generated by large, diesel-electric submarines (University of Adelaide, SA).
  5. The Miniature Modular Radio Frequency Assembly, which is a small, modular radio frequency assembly that can be used in next-generation smart electronic warfare decoys (BAE Systems Australia).
  6. The Tri-Band, On-the-Move, WGS SATCOM Terminal, which is a simultaneous, Tri-band, Wideband Global satellite communications capability to consolidate antennae arrays and save weight on warships (EM Solutions, QLD).
  7. The Cryo-Cooled Microwave Dielectric Sapphire Resonator, which will investigate a new type of oscillator capable of generating radar signals of higher stability to improve the Doppler processing performance of maritime radars (CEA Technologies, ACT).


Round 19 Projects

The successful projects for Round 19 of the CTD Program are as follows:

  1. Low Profile Body Armour, where new bonding, coating and laminating techniques and composite materials will be applied to develop a thin, curved, stand-alone body armour plates for the individual soldier (Armor Composite Engineering, NSW).
  2. New Concept Miniature Radio Frequency Receiver, which expects to deliver a lightweight, portable radio frequency antenna that is considerably smaller than existing receivers (CSIRO).
  3. Lightweight Mobile X-Ray is a lightweight, small, energy-efficient diagnostic medical x-ray unit suitable for use in a deployed medical facility and a second unit that will provide improved explosive ordnance and improvised explosive device detection capability (Micro-X Pty Ltd, VIC).
  4. Anti-Submarine Warfare Unmanned Surface Vessel, which is an Unmanned Surface Vessel uniquely suited for anti-submarine warfare surveillance (Ocius Technology Ltd, NSW).
  5. Tactile Cueing System for Degraded Visual and Threat Environments that aims to increase the survivability of Australian Defence Force (ADF) helicopters, aircraft and soldiers in both degraded visual and threat environments (University of Canberra, ACT).
  6. Data Deconstruction for Low Bandwidth Transmission of Large Volume Geophysical Spatial Data, which is a novel technique called Data Deconstruction to transmit 3D data that meets the low bandwidth and security requirements needed for secure Defence communications (Bureau of Meteorology).
  7. Low Cost High-G Centrifuge for Pilot Training, which is a Short-Radius high-G (SuRGe) Centrifuge, able to be fitted to existing simulators for pilot training (Deakin University, VIC).

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