Welcome to a quick June update on DASA's latest funding opportunities (and a couple of other things that might be of interest). If you've not heard from me before, I'm DASA's Innovation Partner for the South East region - I've been rejigging this mailing list, so there are some new entries. If you'd rather not hear from me, please do let me know.
A few updates this time:
1) Our "Windfarm Mitigation for UK Air Defence" competition remains open - the aim being to develop technologies to permit the coexistence of future offshore windfarms with the UK air defence surveillance systems. We're hoping to fund £3.6m of research, with individual proposals limited to £600k. There's a lot more detail on the website here and the deadline for applications is midday on 17th June.
2) On 11th May, we launched a new competition focussed on Maritime Early Warning Innovations. We have £1.25m available to fund the development of innovative technologies to provide novel methods of Early Warning (EW) for maritime operations. More details are here, and the closing date is midday 6th July.
3) On 13th May, we launched a call for capabilities, technologies and initiatives for High Consequence Infectious Disease Medical Evacuation. This is a "Market Exploration", so we're not offering funding at this stage. We're interested in understanding the current state of the market - what potential solutions already exist, what novel solutions are in development, and which areas may require further investment by MOD? There's more detail here and the closing date for submissions is midday 24th June.
4) We recently released our strategy for 2021-24 - "Innovation for a safer future". It's just 16 pages, and contains examples of projects we've funded and some insights into our future plans. Have a read here, and please do feed back any comments.
5) The current cycle of our Open Call closes tomorrow (with the following cycle closing on 11th August). This is the mechanism for suppliers to push innovative Defence-related proposals into DASA for us to assess for funding. Both low-TRL ("Emerging Innovations") and higher-TRL ("Rapid Impact") streams are open. See the website for a lot more detail, and let me know if you'd like to talk through the process. If you're not sure whether your innovation fits, you can test the water by submitting an Innovation Outline here and I'll be in touch to discuss.
6) Finally (and this is not a DASA opportunity, and is probably a bit niche) if you're working in the field of the dissemination and application of resilient time, frequency and synchronisation, you might be interested in this funding opportunity from our colleagues over at the National Physical Laboratory, who are working with Innovate UK.