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The Defence and Security Accelerator is part of the UK Ministry of Defence. Our mission is to find and fund exploitable innovation to support UK defence and security quickly and effectively, and support UK prosperity. Here’s a summary of our current opportunities:
1) Advancing Less Lethal Weapons - £500k is available to fund the development of innovative technologies that allow law enforcement officers to stop armed/violent offenders with minimal necessary force from distance. The closing date is 15th October and more details are at this link.
2) Unmanned Air Systems in Urban Environments - £900k is available to develop (a) lethal payloads that could be carried by a drone, (b) drones that could carry a lethal payload, or (c) the whole package. The process is a bit different for this one; if you want to be involved you'll need to make sure you complete a "pre-qualification questionnaire" by 15th October. The window for full submissions will then open on 30th October and close on the 4th December. There's a lot more detail at this link.
3) Telexistence - £500k is available to develop/demonstrate systems to allow a human user to operate in an environment without physically being there. There are three challenge areas: telepresence, haptics, and robotics. The deadline for submissions is 19th November and there's a supplier briefing webinar on the 14th October. Full details here.
4) As always, our Open Call is available for any proposals that don't fit into the competitions above - the current cycle closes on 3rd December and details are here. If you have ideas and you're not quite sure if/where they fit, you can submit a light-touch "innovation outline" (instructions here).
Peter Wilkins, DASA’s Innovation Partner for the South East, is happy to discuss any of these opportunities and how your organisation might benefit from DASA funding and support. He can be contacted using the web form at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/contact-a-dasa-innovation-partner.