PIC Innovation Program

$45 M program for defence companies to develop their technologies such as electronic warfare, infantry weapons and acoustic technologies.


 Priority Industry Capability (PIC) Innovation Program



The Priority Industry Capability (PIC) Innovation Program is an Australian Government initiative that was announced in the 2010 Defence Industry Policy Statement, Building Defence Capability: A Policy for a Smarter and More Agile Defence Industry Base.

The PIC Innovation Program is designed to provide direct and practical financial support to Australian defence industry, particularly SMEs, in developing innovative projects that will enhance Priority Industry Capability (PIC) related activities. The Program has been provided with $45 million in funding through to financial year 2018-19 that will be directly invested in innovative defence industry projects.

This PIC Innovation Program is designed to support Australia’s defence industry to innovate and commercialise PIC related solutions, to generate increased business within Australia and, potentially, in the global market place.



The PIC Innovation Program aims to deliver greater assurance that the Australian Defence Force (ADF) will receive cutting edge and innovative solutions to its material, systems, support and sustainment needs, to support its operational needs. It will also support the defence industry sector to make the most of business opportunities within Australia and overseas.



On 25 June 2013 the Minister for Defence Materiel, Dr Mike Kelly, announced the five companies would share in $9.4 million in funding under the second round of the Priority Industry Capability Innovation Program.

  • BAE Systems ($1,666,073.20) – The Joint Strike Missile Passive Radio Frequency (JSMPRF) Electronic Warfare (EW) Payload development is a miniature, digital, wide bandwidth, tuneable Passive Radio Frequency (RF) sub-system. It is capable of providing guidance queues to the JSM mission computer and EW intelligence data to the host platform. The Passive Radio Frequency sub-system is a unique cross between an EW Receiver and a Passive RF Seeker, bringing the flexibility of the EW domain into the adjacent Guided Weapons (GW) domain and exploiting the symbiotic relationship that EW and GW share.
  • Chemring Australia ($3,382,537.40) – The project will deliver an Australian designed, manufactured and supported Electronic Attack (EA) product for domestic and international sales. It will establish a local capability to support future Electronic Warfare (EW) and associated complex electronic systems design, development, systems integration, manufacture and support.
  • Electro Optic Systems ($3,712,116.10) – Future RWS must have the capacity to mount heavy machine guns, canons, electric chain guns, missiles and potentially less than lethal munitions. The EOS Next Generation RWS will be inherently network-aware, wirelessly controlled, and interoperable with third party accessories. It will be cheaper than existing families. Three stations will be developed to include a R-400S with a complete suite of contemporary designs and improvements and capable of mounting a 30mm canon; a R-300 significantly lighter than existing models and capable of mounting a .50 cal or 40mm AGL and an R-150 capable of taking light guns, sensor suites and networked to the individual soldier who will be able to operate it remote from the vehicle.
  • Jenkins Engineering Defence Systems ($246,701.95) – The project will combine the Commercial Off the Shelf NearField Scanner with a purpose built anechoic chamber that delivers the capability to characterise and test the majority of antennas currently in service. The Project will provide a NearField Scanning capability within Australia to support Defence.  The capability will allow the ranging of the majority of ADF antennas, removing the need for this work to be conducted overseas.
  • Lintek ($1,371,773.70) – The objective of this project is to introduce the ability to manufacture copper filled laser drilled via holes on printed circuit boards at the Grantee’s premises. The project will purchase, install and test the equipment, and introduce processes and procedures for copper filling laser drilled holes.



The Australian Government, through DMO, is investing a total of $45 million in the PIC Innovation Program over the next 8 years.

The Program will provide up to $4 million (GST exclusive) in funding to successful applicants; these funds can be used to assist companies undertaking innovative projects relating to one or more of the PICs.

Grantees who successfully commercialise their project may be required to make payments to the Commonwealth, based on the gross sales revenue generated by the project’s output.


Eligible Projects

Innovative projects that enhance one or more of the following PICs can be considered for funding by the PIC Innovation Program:

  • Acoustic technologies and systems
  • Anti-tampering capabilities
  • Combat uniform and personal equipment
  • Electronic warfare
  • ‘High end’ system and ‘system of systems’ integration
  • High frequency and phased array radars
  • Infantry weapons and remote weapons stations
  • In-service support of Collins class submarine combat system
  • Selected ballistic munitions and explosives
  • Ship dry docking facilities and common user facilities
  • Signature management
  • Through-life and real time support of mission critical and safety critical software


Eligible Applicants

To be eligible to receive PIC Innovation Program Funding, the Applicant must:

  •  be an Australian based defence company which:
    1. i. currently has or supports an Australian defence contract or subcontract; and/or
    2. ii. is able to demonstrate (to the satisfaction of the Commonwealth) that it has the technical and corporate capacity to support a defence capability which has been publicly foreshadowed for tender within the Defence Capability Plan.
  • be registered with an Australian Business Number;
  • not be bankrupt or insolvent;
  • not have a judicial decision against them (not including decisions under appeal) relating to employee entitlements for which they have not paid the claim;
  •  be willing and able to match the Grant Funding offered by the Commonwealth on a 50:50 basis;
  • have ownership of, access to, or the beneficial use of, any background or third party intellectual property necessary to undertake the Project; and
  •  be compliant with all laws, including without limitation, the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Act 1999.



Applications for round 2 closed on 7 December 2012. The next round is yet to be announced. Contact us to discuss your 2013 application.


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