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

Our funding opportunities page has now been updated: click here to view all open funding opportunities in defence and security.

A selection of further opportunities is given below.

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

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 20th October 2021, with a decision date of 17th January 2022.

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 competition closing 29th September 2021.

Visit the KTP site

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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