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Security & Defence

The UK is committed to spending a minimum 2% of GDP on defence over the next decade, and at least 20% of that spending on equipment. This commitment represents spending some £186 billion on defence equipment and support in the ten years from 2018/19. In addition, the UK is the second largest defence exporter, winning defence orders worth £14 billion (2018).

Security & Defence

To maintain the safety and security of both the public and visitors to the UK, police, intelligence agencies and the private security sector is supported by a vibrant UK SME security sector which is a global leader in a wide range of products and services who supported the export of over £5.2M goods and services (2018). Globally, the security market – cyber security included – exhibits continued growth and is projected to reach £150 billion by 2022.

There are many innovative solutions developed for, and applicable to the defence and security sectors. Our team can help you navigate this landscape by signposting funding opportunities, offering advice, providing guidance and introducing beneficial connections.

Companies developing products, services or innovation that are applicable to defence or security sectors and work in areas like cIoT, Data science/AI/ML, Forensics, Detection and screening technologies, Cryptography, Synthetic biology and chemistry, Radiological and nuclear, UAV/drones, sensors, behavioural science, human enhancement, energy storage, advanced materials and electronics, space and Earth Observation, surveillance and intelligence, logistics, command and control.

Our current focus in this area

CyberASAP

The only pre-seed accelerator programme in the cyber security ecosystem, CyberASAP (Cyber Security Academic Startup Accelerator Programme) provides expertise, knowledge and support to convert academic ideas into commercial products in the cyber security space.

Cyber Security

The National Cyber Security Centre’s (NCSC) definition of cyber security’s core function is to protect the devices we all use, and the services we access from theft or damage and preventing unauthorised access to personal information we store on these devices, and online.

Electromagnetic Spectrum

What makes our modern lives relatively easy, interconnected and seamless is this seldomly thought of, but very vital soft infrastructure – the electromagnetic spectrum.

Funding Opportunities

£3.6 million for tech ensuring offshore windfarms can coexist with UK Air Defence

DASA has announced Phase 2 of the competition Windfarm Mitigation for UK Air Defence, offering up to £3.6 million for technologies that mitigate radar risk of offshore windfarms.

Opens: 23/03/2021 Closes: 15/06/2021

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xTech Global AI Challenge: AI-enabled Multi-modal Analytics in Resource Constrained Environments

The US Army, in partnership with US Air Force and US Navy, is seeking robust, AI-enabled capabilities to manage, integrate, and process, and reason on disparate data/information sources for rapid decision making. $250,000 total funding is available.

Opens: 25/03/2021 Closes: 12/05/2021

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Prison Leavers Innovation Challenge

Become part of innovative action to reduce the impact of crime on society. Phase 1: up to £25k funding each for 10 prototypes; phase 2: up to £350k each for 4 pilot solutions.

Opens: 22/04/2021 Closes:

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Events

Tue
9
Mar
2021

ISCF Digital Security by Design (DSbD) - Business led Demonstrators Phase 1

12.30 - 14.00 | Online

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Wed
16
Jun
2021

Digital Business Meetup - Safety Tech

10.00 - 12.30 | Online

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Mon
17
May
2021

Trusted Research for Industry Series – Launch Event

12.00 - 13.30 | Online

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News

27.01.2021

10 key learnings from our Batteries for… Defence webinar

The ‘Batteries for…’ webinar series explores the trends and opportunities available in three crucial sectors – Defence, Maritime and Rail. In this article, we review the key learnings from the Batteries for… Defence webinar.

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09.04.2021

Horizon Europe Cluster 3: Civil Security for Society Work Programme

Horizon Europe is the next European Funding Framework Programme following on from its predecessor Horizon 2020. It will run for seven years from 2021 to 2027. The total budget set for the programme is €95.5 billion. There are six Clusters under Pillar 2: Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness. Civil Security for Society Work is Cluster 3.

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