Upcoming funding opportunities and events in the defence and security sectors, including crime detection and prevention.

 

To help you navigate this frequently-complex landscape, KTN has compiled a list of open competitions and forthcoming events. Many of these calls will be of interest to companies who are not yet involved in the defence or forensics sectors (the latter area covers all aspects of crime detection and prevention).

If you would like to connect with KTN’s defence, security and forensics expert Hazel Biggs, you can contact her here.

 

S-TRIG programme (Security-Technology Research Innovation Grants)

There are five broad application areas for this funding programme. Your research may be based on one application area or cut across multiple application areas.

  • Aviation security
  • Border detection and security
  • Detection of contraband entering prisons
  • Protection of infrastructure and crowded places
  • Counter-drones

Open to all businesses and academic institutions who are seeking funding to undertake early stage feasibility studies. 100% grants are available for SMEs and academia. For support in your application, contact Hazel.biggs@ktn-uk.org

Find out more and apply. Deadline: 20th September.

 

Competition: Innovative Research Call 2020 for Explosives and Weapons Detection

This Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) competition seeks proposals for novel and innovative solutions for the detection of explosives and weapons. Find out more here. Closing date 28th September.

 

Competition: Advancing Less Lethal Weapons

This Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) competition is seeking proposals for innovative technologies that allow law enforcement officers to safely prevent the escalation of conflict in serious or violent circumstances from a distance. Up to £500k total funding is available, to cover up to 9 projects: closing date 15th October. More information here.

 

Sort and segregate nuclear waste: phase 1 (SBRI competition)

This is a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition funded by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.

The aim of the competition is to develop an autonomous and integrated toolkit to sort and segregate radioactive waste generated by nuclear decommissioning activities. This will reduce the level of waste requiring disposal, increase productivity, reduce costs, and improve safety.

This is phase 1 of a 2-phase competition. Up to £600,000, including VAT, is available for phase 1 and it is anticipated that the feasibility study R&D contracts will be up to £60,000, including VAT. This is for each project for up to 3 months. We expect to fund up to 10 projects. At the conclusion of phase 1 you will produce a technical feasibility study.

Only successful applicants from phase 1 will be able to apply to take part in phase 2. The second phase will involve up to 4 R&D contracts. Up to £900,000, including VAT, will be allocated for each contract for up to 15 months, in order to develop and demonstrate a full scale prototype in a non-radioactive environment.

Your project must:

  • reduce waste by prioritising its recycling over its disposal
  • reduce the number of waste sorting and segregation processes carried out by humans
  • increase the productivity of the processes
  • be scalable and transferable

Your application must address all the following:

  • detect the type and intensity of the radioactivity present using existing technology or off-the-shelf equipment
  • determine the composition, size, shape, and surface area of the material
  • sort and segregate the waste by radioactive classification and material type
  • remotely move the waste from a specific area, process it and then pack it into the appropriate container (for
  • example, skips, drums, boxes or bags) ensuring the space used is optimised
  • collect and analyse data and images, and retain accurate records

Closing date: 11th November 2020. For more information, click here.

 

DASA Open Call for Innovation

The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) Open Call for Innovation is looking for innovative ideas to improve the defence and security of the UK. Your idea could be a concept, product or service, at various levels of maturity.

There are currently seven areas of focus:

  • Integrate information & physical activity across domains
    We are seeking proposals which provide field communication capabilities that are resistant to attack, but continue to perform if degraded and are secure. Products should do any or all of:

    • Manage significant volumes of data from remote or autonomous systems
    • Information services that integrate formatted or unformatted data
    • Collaborative data sharing internationally with classified information
  • Deliver agile command & control
    In order to achieve a more agile Command and Control process we are looking for proposals which promote a shift from more traditional chains of command to more dynamic, lateral networks, with greater delegation of authority and allow exploitation of relevant information at speed. Areas include:

    • Technology based data analysis e.g. use of machine learning
    • Collaboration between human and technology based decision making processes
    • Systems and processes to analyse and visualise real-time data
    • Merging in-house and commercially available information services to establish situational awareness
  • Operate & deliver effects in contested domains
    Freedom to use our information networks and the electromagnetic spectrum is essential as this is the medium for communication between forces during operations and for our most effective sensors. We seek novel ideas which could be used by the UK Armed Forces to do one, or several, of the below:

    • Communicate and synchronise activities in contested environments
    • Monitor contested environments
    • Manufacture methods and design concepts to deliver alternate explosive/electromagnetic/chemical effects and protection from these effects
    • Manage fleets of remote or autonomous systems and use these systems to undertake tasks normally completed by human operators
  • People, skills, knowledge & experience
    • Attract and retain SQEP with niche specialities and technical skills.
    • Tracking and managing important skillsets across the workforce
    • Provide technologies/services and other opportunities to improve welfare standards, workforce health and wellbeing
    • Provide alternative approaches to contracting or seconding specialist staff
    • Identify and collaborate with organisations with experience in the above areas
  • Simulate future battlespace complexity
    • Apply procedures and solutions that provide effective training and evaluation capabilities
    • Integration and fusion of data from, and between, distributed training and experimentation systems
    • Provide training for operators to perform in complex or high stress environments
    • Adoption of Virtual Reality or Augmented Reality into training
    • Capture and exploitation of performance information collected during training
  • Reduced-Burden Area Biosurveillance
    We are looking to identify technologies to provide static detection at sentry points or to be deployed as a networked system that could be analogous to the size and function of the Man-portable Chemical Agent Detector (MCAD) or GID3. Solutions should be capable of providing biosurveillance capability to fixed bases with good infrastructure, e.g. Main Operating Bases (MOB) and Sea Port of Disembarkation (SPOD), as well as forward locations with lesser infrastructure e.g. Forward Operating Bases (FOB). Our end goal is to create an automated all-in-one detection system with integrated aerosol collection, sample processing and identification in as small a system as possible. We are therefore looking for projects which will either develop components (e.g. aerosol collection, sample processing or identification) which could be eventually integrated into a system, or integrate pre-existing components into an all-in-one system. Because the final system needs to provide high confidence outputs in order to support rapid decision making, we are not interested in options based on generic detection technologies (e.g. fluorescence, LIDAR etc). We need the solution to be able to provide specific detection of individual threat agents.
  • Innovative security features for bank notes
    Banknotes employ a range of visual and tactile features – such as holographic foils or optically variable coloured inks – to aid public or retailer authentication. The Bank of England is now looking ahead and inviting ideas to develop novel, overt, security features and print technologies for consideration for potential use in future generations of banknotes.

This is an open call with £1m total funding available.

They’re looking for proposals ranging from emerging innovations (TRL2-3, with funding c.£50k-100k per project) up to rapid impact (TRL6-7, c.£100k-£350k/project).

If your company has an innovative solution that could be applied to these problems, get more details here.

The competition runs in 3-month cycles: the next closing date is 1st October 2020, with a decision date of 29th January 2021.

 

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Current KTP period opened on 16th July, and closes in October 2020 (after this the next round will be available immediately, so don’t rush your application unnecessarily).

A Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) links your organisation with one of the UK’s world-class knowledge bases (a university or research organisation) to power strategic innovation projects, embed expertise and drive commercial growth. needed to develop it, a Knowledge Transfer Partnership may be the answer. It creates a dynamic three-way collaboration ‚Äì between a business or not for profit organisation, a UK university or research organisation, and a suitably qualified graduate – to help realise a strategic innovation project, bring about transformative change and embed new capability.

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Management Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Just like our highly effective KTP programme, Management KTPs (MKTPs) create a dynamic 3-way partnership between your company, a team of academic experts and a skilled graduate. The focus of a MKTP is specifically on increasing effectiveness and improving results through better management practices.

These are now applied for in the same way as KTPs, with the funding for mKTPs being drawn from a dedicated pool.

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