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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.

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Our current focus in this area

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

NATEP helping SMEs innovate in aerospace: Spring 2022

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £2.5 million to carry out industry led civil aerospace collaborative R&D projects. The aim of this competition is to provide help for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to develop innovative aerospace technologies.

Opens: 04/04/2022 Closes: 18/05/2022

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SBRI: Fusion Industry Challenges - phase 1

Organisations can apply for a share of £2 million, inclusive of VAT, to develop solutions to encourage innovation in the fusion industry, through the use of novel and innovative heating and cooling systems, materials, manufacturing and technologies.

Opens: 09/05/2022 Closes: 22/06/2022

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Innovate UK Smart Grants: April 2022

UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £25 million for game-changing, commercially viable R&D innovation that can significantly impact the UK economy. It must be an innovative, disruptive, ambitious, world-class solution, with no similar technology commercially available anywhere in the world.

Opens: 25/04/2022 Closes: 27/07/2022

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Events

Wed
16
Jun
2021

Digital Business Meetup - Safety Tech

10.00 - 12.30 | Online

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Fri
21
May
2021

KTN’s Defence Innovation Exchange Programme Launch Webinar

12.30 - 14.00 | Online

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Wed
2
Mar
2022

The Future of Computing for Defence

10.00 - 16.00 | Online

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News

25.04.2022

Open questionnaire: How can we protect open-source information?

Submit your views by 15 May 2022 to inform our and the Government’s thinking on the type of open-source information that should be protected in the future.

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11.04.2022

Cyber Security Academic Startup Accelerator Programme (CyberASAP) reveals 2022/23 cohort

After a historic level of interest in the programme, CyberASAP announces 28 cyber academic teams from across the UK to join their 2022/23 cohort.

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