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Screening train carriages
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Programme
DASA
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December 2, 2019


Trains require checking to identify whether items have been left unattended in carriages, especially while the train is in use, so that staff can be alerted quickly. Screening is a difficult process due to the complexity of the areas within trains that would need to be checked.


Scope

In order to make the process more efficient, DASA would like to augment or automate this process. There is a need for a device that is able to scan train carriages and determine if any foreign objects have been left behind. Screening needs to be carried out rapidly, whilst the train is in use and with passengers present.


Project size

£50 – £350 k

This is an open call, with the next assessment being the 2 Dec 2019

More information can be found here

Assistive technology for rail staff
Sectors
Automotive & Transport
Digital, AI & Machine Learning
Electronic, Sensors & Robotics
Energy
General & Miscellaneous
Health & Life Sciences
Manufacturing & Materials
Programme
DASA
Award
TBC
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December 2, 2019


In train stations, staff regularly check the public areas such as platforms, concourse and shops to detect threats to the public. This includes any unusual activity and items. Unusual activity is something that a normal train passenger or station user would not be doing, such as trying to avoid staff, staying at a station too long or collecting information about the station.


Scope

DASA are seeking innovative solutions to work in combination with existing railway security measures to detect unusual behaviour. This could also be used to help identify and assist passengers who appear to be lost, those who are vulnerable or possibly considering self-harm. Assistance could be provided by a member of staff equipped with technology, a piece of technology itself, or a member of staff trained in a new procedure.


Project size

£50 – £350k


This is an open call, with the next assessment being the 2 Dec 2019

More information can be found here

Improving aviation cargo screening speed
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Automotive & Transport
Digital, AI & Machine Learning
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Energy
General & Miscellaneous
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Programme
DASA
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Aviation cargo screening can be a laborious process that takes a significant amount of time. Cargo can be either distributed on pallets or in large containers. Currently, aviation cargo is screened for threat items by a variety of methods including x-ray systems


Scope

DASA are seeking novel, innovative ideas that would help increase the speed, accuracy and volume at which cargo is screened to improve the throughput of cargo as well as enhance security. They are interested in screening methods screen dark, dense regions within consignments (such as dense materials or densely packed items), aiding the detection of explosives and hidden weapons.


Project size

£50 – £350 k

This is an open call, with the next assessment being the 2 Dec 2019

More information can be found here

Finding suspected threats on passengers during airport screening
Sectors
Automotive & Transport
Digital, AI & Machine Learning
Electronic, Sensors & Robotics
Energy
General & Miscellaneous
Health & Life Sciences
Manufacturing & Materials
Programme
DASA
Award
TBC
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December 2, 2019


Once a metal detector or security scanner alarm is activated on a passenger, the passenger is subjected to a further search in order to resolve the alarm and determine whether the alarm is genuine


Scope

DASA are interested in receiving proposals for the development of hand-held solutions that will help detect both metallic and non-metallic threats on the body while reducing the need for person-person contact, particularly in harder-to-search areas of the body. Any solutions must be safe to use on people and should complement, rather than duplicate, existing screening processes, such as metal and explosive detection.


Project size

£50 – £350 k


This is an open call, with the next assessment being the 2 Dec 2019

More information can be found here

Regenerative medicine at the front line
Sectors
Automotive & Transport
Digital, AI & Machine Learning
Electronic, Sensors & Robotics
Energy
General & Miscellaneous
Health & Life Sciences
Manufacturing & Materials
Programme
DASA
Award
TBC
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Closes:
December 2, 2019


DASA has identified concerns understanding how the systemic response to severe traumatic injury affects later regenerative capacity, principally focusing on extremity soft tissue.


Scope

The burden of tissue damage associated with severe traumatic injury can lead to a dysregulation of a variety of systems including immune, metabolic and haemostatic responses. Projects should provide a better understanding of this context and what happens to, for example, the viability, production, differentiation and migration of cells involved in repair and regeneration after severe trauma.


Project size

£50 – £350 k


This is an open call, with the next assessment being the 2 Dec 2019

More information can be found here

Developing novel radar concepts and technologies
Sectors
Automotive & Transport
Digital, AI & Machine Learning
Electronic, Sensors & Robotics
Energy
General & Miscellaneous
Health & Life Sciences
Manufacturing & Materials
Programme
DASA
Award
TBC
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Closes:
December 2, 2019


MOD relies on radar capabilities to provide situational awareness and intelligence, to find and identify its adversaries and target the delivery of its own effects to gain operational advantage

Scope

Seeking to fund initial feasibility studies (TRL1/2) of new and novel concepts and technologies that will transform the UK’s radar sensing capability (Land, Sea and Air domains) to meet the needs of a modern complex battlespace in the next 10-15 years.

Primary areas of interest include wideband arrays, passive and multi-static sensing, cognitive radar and next generation imaging techniques for complex radar applications.


Project size

£50 – £350 k


This is an open call, with the next assessment being the 2 Dec 2019

More information can be found here

Understanding the risk of chemical and explosives precursors found in household products and the opportunities to replace them
Sectors
Automotive & Transport
Digital, AI & Machine Learning
Electronic, Sensors & Robotics
Energy
General & Miscellaneous
Health & Life Sciences
Manufacturing & Materials
Programme
DASA
Award
TBC
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December 2, 2019


Everyday household products serve a number of purposes, from cleaning and cooking to DIY and cosmetics, however while these products may be used for legitimate applications, a number of these common products are at significant risk of misuse by terrorist organisations

Scope

We could do more to prevent successful terrorist attacks by modifying the formulations of common household products to make them much harder to misuse. DASA are seeking novel ideas to replace or reduce the potential harm of chemical and explosives precursors in household products.


Project size

£50 – £350 k


This is an open call, with the next assessment being the 2 Dec 2019

More information can be found here

Understanding the psychological effect on the public of chemical regulation change
Sectors
Automotive & Transport
Digital, AI & Machine Learning
Electronic, Sensors & Robotics
Energy
General & Miscellaneous
Health & Life Sciences
Manufacturing & Materials
Programme
DASA
Award
TBC
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December 2, 2019


Everyday commercially available products are at risk of misuse or exploitation for illegitimate purposes, for example, to conduct an explosive attack. Banning such products is typically undesirable due to anticipated impacts on prosperity, consumer freedoms and lack of alternatives for legitimate use.

Scope

To successfully introduce any alternative products to market we must ensure a level playing field for business is secured while supporting the freedom of consumer choice. One method to achieve the former is through regulation. However, we need to understand how the public would react should we make regulatory changes that require reformulation of their favourite consumer products and how to create a positive customer demand for safer alternatives to current at risk products.


Project size

£50 – £350 k


This is an open call, with the next assessment being the 2 Dec 2019

More information can be found here

Advancing less-lethal weapon capability
Sectors
Automotive & Transport
Digital, AI & Machine Learning
Electronic, Sensors & Robotics
Energy
General & Miscellaneous
Health & Life Sciences
Manufacturing & Materials
Programme
DASA
Award
TBC
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Closes:
December 2, 2019


Less-lethal weapons are used by the Police, security services and other law enforcement professionals to deflect the escalation of conflict in potentially hostile situations.


Scope

DASA is seeking proposals that demonstrate ideas or concepts that could be developed into prototypes for viability assessment as less-lethal weapons. Less-lethal weapons are vital in situations where the use of lethal force is prohibited or undesirable or where the rules of engagement require minimum casualties, or where policy restricts the use of conventional force.


Project size

£50 – £350 k


This is an open call, with the next assessment being the 2 Dec 2019

More information can be found here

Advanced Vision for 2020 and Beyond
Sectors
Automotive & Transport
Digital, AI & Machine Learning
Electronic, Sensors & Robotics
Energy
General & Miscellaneous
Health & Life Sciences
Manufacturing & Materials
Programme
DASA
Award
Share of up to £125m
Opens:
September 4, 2019
Closes:
December 13, 2019


Electro-Optic and Infrared (EOIR) sensors are a key military capability used for surveillance, reconnaissance, target acquisition, threat warning, target detection and more.  

Applications are sought for the development of novel and resilient technologies that can function in contested/congested environments, that will extend the range, lower the cost and size, and expand the range of targets that can be addressed by EOIR sensors.

Scope

All sensors and technologies must operate from the Ultra Violet (UV) to the Far Infrared (IR) range  

   Challenge areas:
   - Novel optics and materials
   - Novel sensors
   - Embedded/Edge Processing applied to EOIR sensing


Project size

Up to £150k

More information can be found here

ISCF Future food production systems
Sectors
Automotive & Transport
Digital, AI & Machine Learning
Electronic, Sensors & Robotics
Energy
General & Miscellaneous
Health & Life Sciences
Manufacturing & Materials
Programme
Innovate UK
Award
Share of up to £20m
Opens:
September 17, 2019
Closes:
January 22, 2020


Seeking projects to transform food production systems, improve productivity and sustainability, and help the industry move towards net zero emissions by 2040


Scope

Projects must create integrated, data-driven solutions to drive agricultural productivity as well as target net zero emissions. Projects funded under this competition must address one of the following:
   - the development of new, resource efficient, low emission food production systems
   - the technological and other bottlenecks that prevent existing state-of-the-art systems from supplying mainstream consumer markets


Project size

£1 - £10 m


More information can be found here

Technology and Innovation in UK Maritime: stage 1
Sectors
Automotive & Transport
Digital, AI & Machine Learning
Electronic, Sensors & Robotics
Energy
General & Miscellaneous
Health & Life Sciences
Manufacturing & Materials
Programme
MarRI-UK
Award
Share of up to £1m
Opens:
September 30, 2019
Closes:
December 20, 2019


In January 2019 the UK government published the ambitious Maritime 2050 strategy, setting out a long-term vision for the future of the UK maritime sector. The maritime sector is likely to undergo significant changes as technology revolutionises the way it operates and environmental concerns create new and more stringent requirements for the maritime industry.

This is an expression of interest competition with two stages


Scope

Projects are in scope if they:

  • Are in the mid TRL stages (3-7)
  • Have an innovative aspect
  • Demonstrate good value for money for the UK and potential impact for the UK market
  • Offer significant improvements to systems, timings, processes or tech for clean maritime operation

Examples of ways in which maritime operations could be supported include: 

  • Alternative approaches to port activity and the interaction between the port and the vessel (e.g. berthing technology)
  • Changing the design of a vessel to improve efficiency, make the vessel better suited to the use of autonomy
  • Enhancing situational awareness using technology or other uses of technology to improve safety
  • Improving safety of operations in congested waterways
  • Providing decision support or full autonomy in aspects of maritime operations

The funding can be used either to develop an initial prototype, a proof of concept or a feasibility study that demonstrates the project's potential application to maritime operations and/or services.

Successful applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal (Stage 2).


Project size

Up to £170k

More information can be found here

Market exploration: remote handling and manipulation
Sectors
Automotive & Transport
Digital, AI & Machine Learning
Electronic, Sensors & Robotics
Energy
General & Miscellaneous
Health & Life Sciences
Manufacturing & Materials
Programme
DASA
Award
TBC
Opens:
October 1, 2019
Closes:
December 4, 2019


DASA is scoping the potential for an innovation challenge, seeking capability for remotely handling and manipulating highly sensitive liquid and solid explosives


Scope

The hazards of highly sensitive explosives and the associated health and safety concerns mean that manual handling of significant masses is undesirable.

A remote handling and manipulation capability is essential for the UK to allow the required work with sensitive explosives to be safely undertaken. DASA are engaging the market in order to gain an understanding of whether this capability can be realised by:

   - adapting technologies from other market sectors
   - adapting capabilities already in development
   - using one system or a system of systems
   - developing novel innovations


Project size

TBC 


More information can be found here

Modernising energy data access and information, phase 1
Sectors
Automotive & Transport
Digital, AI & Machine Learning
Electronic, Sensors & Robotics
Energy
General & Miscellaneous
Health & Life Sciences
Manufacturing & Materials
Programme
SBRI
Award
Up to £480,000
Opens:
October 16, 2019
Closes:
January 8, 2020


This competition aims to solve the fundamental problem of exchanging digital energy information between energy organisations and with other stakeholders by supporting the development of products or services which can later be commercialised and employed to solve similar problems elsewhere

Scope

Projects must accelerate the development of tools and processes to modernise data services for the energy sector. Successful applicants will have access to advice, industry experts and representative datasets.


Project size

£100k - £160k


More information can be found here

Innovate UK Smart Grants
Sectors
Automotive & Transport
Digital, AI & Machine Learning
Electronic, Sensors & Robotics
Energy
General & Miscellaneous
Health & Life Sciences
Manufacturing & Materials
Programme
Innovate UK
Award
Share of up to £25m
Opens:
October 17, 2019
Closes:
January 8, 2020

Smart is the new name for Innovate UK’s ‘Open grant funding’ programme.

Seeking the best game-changing, innovative or disruptive ideas with a view to commercialisation.  
Applications can come from any area of technology (including arts, design, media or creative industries), science or engineering and be applied to any part of the economy

Project size 

£25,000 – £500,000 (6 –18 months)

£25,000 – £2,000,000 (19 –36 months)


Your proposal must demonstrate: 

  • a clear game-changing and/or disruptive innovative idea leading to new products, processes or services
  • an idea that is significantly ahead of others in the field, set for rapid commercialisation

Projects should take customer and user needs into account to deliver more desirable and useful solutions.

More information about eligibility here

Transforming foundation industries
Sectors
Automotive & Transport
Digital, AI & Machine Learning
Electronic, Sensors & Robotics
Energy
General & Miscellaneous
Health & Life Sciences
Manufacturing & Materials
Programme
Innovate UK
Award
Share of up to £5m
Opens:
October 28, 2019
Closes:
February 5, 2020


The aim of this competition is to bring businesses from different foundation industries (cement, paper, glass, ceramics, metals and bulk chemicals) to work on common resource and energy efficiency opportunities

Scope

Will fund cross-sector and collaborative research and development projects aimed at improving the productivity and competitiveness of the sectors’ companies and supply chains.  The technical scope of the competition is broad, encompassing any resource or energy efficiency activity for the foundation industries. Projects can focus on any part of the manufacturing process, including: feedstock inputs, production and material product development.


Project size

£50k – £500k


More information can be found here

Decarbonisation of industrial clusters: roadmap (phase 1)
Sectors
Automotive & Transport
Digital, AI & Machine Learning
Electronic, Sensors & Robotics
Energy
General & Miscellaneous
Health & Life Sciences
Manufacturing & Materials
Programme
Innovate UK
Award
Up to £1m (phase 1)
Opens:
October 28, 2019
Closes:
December 4, 2019


Supporting collaborators to plan their route to cluster decarbonisation
Phase 2 (follow on) projects must set out how a cluster could be decarbonised to net-zero levels


Scope

Phase 1 proposal must demonstrate how you will:

  • develop and apply the systems thinking, capability, tools and evidence required to identify and assess technical, economic, environmental and social needs and impacts in your cluster decarbonisation roadmap
  • work with a variety of industries and stakeholders across the cluster
  • develop methodologies to assess, and evidence on, the feasibility, costs, benefits, requirements and risks of different 2030 decarbonisation and 2040 net-zero options for UK industrial clusters


Project size

£40k –120k

More information can be found here

Decarbonisation of industrial clusters: deployment (phase 1)
Sectors
Automotive & Transport
Digital, AI & Machine Learning
Electronic, Sensors & Robotics
Energy
General & Miscellaneous
Health & Life Sciences
Manufacturing & Materials
Programme
Innovate UK
Award
Up to £1 million (phase 1)
Opens:
October 28, 2019
Closes:
December 4, 2019


Supporting collaborators to plan their route to cluster decarbonisation.
Projects must deliver, or support delivery of, significant emissions reductions in a UK industrial cluster by 2030.


Scope

Phase 1 projects must develop a plan setting out the proposed approach to phase 2
Phase 2 projects to include a mix of:

  • engineering designs
  • simulations
  • commercial arrangements
  • impact assessmets
  • baseline measurements

Project size

£60k –£200k (phase 1)

More information can be found here