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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.

Click here to see open funding opportunities in the security & defence sector.

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

Supercharging the MOD’s Power Quality Management

Market exploration request: from grid stability to dynamic power networks, help the Ministry of Defence understand the impact of poor power quality on its estates and ships, and how the market can supercharge power efficiency.

Opens: 12/07/2021 Closes: 19/08/2021

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DASA market exploration: zero emissions training aircraft

DASA’s market exploration into Zero Emissions Air System aims to investigate net-zero options for the next generation of light flying training aircraft. This is being run on behalf of the Royal Air Force (RAF) and seeks information on the development of relevant technologies and systems that are in development and maturing over the coming four years.

Opens: 12/07/2021 Closes: 17/08/2021

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UK Space Agency National Space Technology Programme (NSTP) and Space Surveillance and Tracking (SST) funding call

This NSTP/SST Call aims to develop the capability of the UK space sector by providing funding to advance research into Space Surveillance and Tracking (SST) and debris removal underlying technologies or data. Industrial co-funding may be required for the selected projects.

Opens: 19/07/2021 Closes: 25/08/2021

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Events

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Jun
2021

Digital Business Meetup - Safety Tech

10.00 - 12.30 | Online

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17
May
2021

Trusted Research for Industry Series – Launch Event

12.00 - 13.30 | 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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News

15.06.2021

Portsmouth Naval Base Net Zero Carbon: the journey continues

Recognising the importance of 2021, the MOD published its Strategic Approach to Climate Change and Sustainability earlier this year.  Building on the substantial work already delivered, it recognises that demands are increasing and there is a need to broaden the approach and the benefits that result.

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18.06.2021

How to Work with DARPA - for UK industry and academia

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is a US government research and development organization, developing innovative technologies for national security. A webinar on 29th June for UK audiences will share how to find DARPA opportunities open for global submission, teaming, and contracting processes.

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