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Open Call: Reduced-burden area biosurveillance

Opens:
30/7/2020
Closes:
Sectors:
All
Defence and Security
Project Size:

Summary

The Open Call is one of the funding competition mechanisms DASA uses to find proposals that address challenges faced by government stakeholders. It gives bidders the opportunity to present their ideas to defence and security stakeholders at any time, without waiting for a relevant Themed Competition.


The Open Call is looking for innovative ideas to improve the defence and/or security of the UK. Your idea could be a concept, technology or service.


Whilst the Open Call welcomes a wide range of innovative ideas to solve problems faced by our defence and security customers, DASA is keen to share insight on specific topics of interest.


This specific topic of interest is “Reduced-burden area biosurveillance”.


Eligibility

DASA submissions are welcome from the private sector, academia, individuals (i.e. sole traders) and public sector research establishments.  Two categories:

  • Emerging innovations for less mature innovations, typically £50,000 - £100,000 (3-10 month projects)
  • Rapid impact category is for innovations that are more developed, typically £100,000 - £350,000 (with a realistic prospect of achieving an impact within a 3 year time from project commencement)


Technology readiness levels:

  • Emerging innovations projects commence at TRL 2 or 3 to deliver proof of concept
  • Rapid impact projects re viewed as those which will deliver a technology model or prototype demonstration at TRL 6 or 7


Scope

Biosurveillance enables us to more rapidly detect Biological Warfare Agent (BWAs) incidents and helps to reduce the potential impact by enabling decision makers to develop the best course of action for deployment of medical countermeasures and other protective measures.


DASA are looking to identify technologies to provide static detection at sentry points or to be deployed as a networked system that could be analogous to the size and function of the Man-portable Chemical Agent Detector (MCAD) or GID3. Solutions should be capable of providing biosurveillance capability to fixed bases with good infrastructure, e.g. Main Operating Bases (MOB) and Sea Port of Disembarkation (SPOD), as well as forward locations with lesser infrastructure e.g. Forward Operating Bases (FOB).


The end goal is to create an automated all-in-one detection system with integrated aerosol collection, sample processing and identification in as small a system as possible. We are therefore looking for projects which will either develop components (e.g. aerosol collection, sample processing or identification) which could be eventually integrated into a system or integrate pre-existing components into an all-in-one system. Because the final system needs to provide high confidence outputs in order to support rapid decision making, we are not interested in options based on generic detection technologies (e.g. fluorescence, LIDAR etc). We need the solution to be able to provide specific detection of individual threat agents.


When describing your idea, please use the key performance metrics for the technology options including burden (e.g. size, weight, power, and minimal consumable requirement), timeliness (speed of response), threat agent coverage (including different threat modes that could be tuned according to adversity or endemic threat), throughput, sensitivity, specificity and confidence level(s).



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