Upcoming funding opportunities and events in the defence and security sectors, including crime detection and prevention. Last updated 10th Feb 2021.

 

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.

 

Wireless Communications, Networking and Information Theory Competition

£500,000 available for innovation to boost UK wireless communications capability in Information Advantage challenge. The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) is looking for innovations to deliver information exchange capabilities that are resilient in a highly-dynamic operating environment where there are significant challenges from congestion and contention, such as jamming. Areas include novel communication techniques, novel coding and modulation and novel network techniques. There is £500k available for this competition, with the expectation that between 5 to 10 proposals will be funded. Find out more. Closes 7th April 2021.

 

Right On Time: Automating Military Logistics

DASA is seeking to identify innovations that can deliver a step change in military logistics capability across the Maritime, Land and Air domains. Total funding £800k. Likely funding per proposal will be £40k-£80k. This competition covers two areas of innovation: autonomy and automation, and additive manufacturing. Proposals which are relevant to either or both of these areas are welcomed. Deadline 25th March 2021. Find out more and apply.

 

Map the Gap Phase 2 – £2m innovation funding for surveying technology

DASA launches Map the Gap Phase 2 competition to develop survey system demonstrators to help troops safely and stealthily advance into enemy territory over water. Ideas are sought that can develop and demonstrate a number of system demonstrators able to tackle some of the key issues of gap crossing surveys. Find out more and apply. Deadline: 9th March 2021.

Cyber security academic startup accelerator programme year 5: phase 1

Individuals based in a UK academic institution can apply for a share of up to £800,000 to join the cyber security academic startup accelerator programme (CyberASAP). Your project’s total eligible costs must be between £5,000 and £32,000. Applicants can apply for funding for up to 100% of eligible project costs.

Registration closes 3rd March 2021. Read more.

 

Innovate UK Smart Grants: Jan 2021

Opportunity for UK registered organisations to apply for a share of up to £25 million from Innovate UK to deliver disruptive R&D innovations that can significantly impact the UK economy. Project costs £25k-£2m. Apply by 26th May 2021.

Click here for full details.

 

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 28th May 2021, with a decision date of 25th August.

 

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

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.

Applications are open all year round, with the next deadline on 14th April 2021.

Read more

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.

Share this article