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Screening train carriages
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Programme
DASA
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Opens:
Closes:
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

Improving aviation cargo screening speed
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Programme
DASA
Award
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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
Opens:
Closes:
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

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
Opens:
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

Newton-Ungku Omar Fund Grand Challenge
Sectors
Automotive & Transport
Digital, AI & Machine Learning
Electronic, Sensors & Robotics
Energy
General & Miscellaneous
Health & Life Sciences
Manufacturing & Materials
Programme
Innovate UK
Award
Share of £10m
Opens:
July 8, 2019
Closes:
October 16, 2019

A platform for UK and Malaysian businesses to collaborate on finding solutions to complex societal challenges that exist in Malaysia. Projects must focus on mobility or waste to wealth

Scope

The overall programme will be delivered in 2 phases. Only successful applications from phase 1 will be able to take part in phase 2 (opens June 2020). Phase 1 focuses on collaborative  feasibility studies. This is to help UK and Malaysian businesses investigate a) the interaction between their innovations and b) how feasible a joint demonstration project would be in responding to Malaysia’s mobility and waste to wealth challenges.

Phase 2 (follow on) projects will provide economical and sustainable solutions to be demonstrated in environments that represent real life operating conditions.


Project size

Up to £30,000 (phase 1)

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:
July 25, 2019
Closes:
October 16, 2019

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

Commercialising quantum technology
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 £6m
Opens:
August 5, 2019
Closes:
October 30, 2019


The aim of the competition is to advance the commercialisation of quantum technologies in the UK  
Projects must address one or more of the following technical challenges: connectivity, situational awareness and computing

Scope

The aim is to accelerate the commercialisation of second generation quantum technologies in the UK and increase private sector investment in the research, development and manufacture of the resulting hardware, software and services.

Second generation quantum techniques are defined as the generation or coherent control and manipulation of quantum states, resulting in superposition and entanglement (single photon generation or detection and quantum computing are in scope).


Project size

£50,000 – £500,000

More information can be found here

5G Rural Connected Communities
Sectors
Automotive & Transport
Digital, AI & Machine Learning
Electronic, Sensors & Robotics
Energy
General & Miscellaneous
Health & Life Sciences
Manufacturing & Materials
Programme
DCMS
Award
Share of £30m
Opens:
August 27, 2019
Closes:
October 25, 2019


This competition aims to spark a tech revolution in countryside communities using the opportunities offered by 5G technology

It will fund up to 10 5G research and development projects to run over the course of 2 years. These projects will trial innovative use cases and technical solutions to build the business case for investment in rural connectivity and explore the capabilities of 5G to benefit rural communities.

Background
A key conclusion of the Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review was that 5G creates an opportunity for market expansion in the type of wireless services available and in the number of providers of networks and services. This includes new approaches to spectrum sharing, and new business models for managing access to spectrum, including spectrum leasing and ‘neutral host’ networks.

Scope
It is expected that projects will demonstrate the commercial and wider social value of 5G in several ways:

  • By testing new commercial and technical solutions to improve and accelerate the business case for deployment in rural areas
  • By demonstrating that sector-specific use cases create investment cases for sector-specific operators and technology providers, and demonstrate increased demand for wireless connectivity

Project size
£2m - £5m (10 projects)

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

Innovation in rail security surveillance analytics
Sectors
Automotive & Transport
Digital, AI & Machine Learning
Electronic, Sensors & Robotics
Energy
General & Miscellaneous
Health & Life Sciences
Manufacturing & Materials
Programme
SBRI
Award
Share of up to £968K
Opens:
September 16, 2019
Closes:
November 6, 2019


Seeking clarificiation on which security surveillance systems and associated analytics can work in a station environment without disrupting the rail network


Scope

The goal is to install surveillance analytics to enhance existing systems. The objective is to enhance safety and to reduce delay minutes resulting from station incidents caused by unusual, unsuitable and undesirable behaviours.


Project size

Up to £121k


More information can be found here

Innovation in automated tunnel examination
Sectors
Automotive & Transport
Digital, AI & Machine Learning
Electronic, Sensors & Robotics
Energy
General & Miscellaneous
Health & Life Sciences
Manufacturing & Materials
Programme
SBRI
Award
Share of up to £1.5m
Opens:
September 16, 2019
Closes:
November 6, 2019


Funding to support the development and demonstration of new capability in automated tunnel examination
The aim of this competition is to improve the accuracy, efficiency and safety of tunnel examinations resulting in a safer and more reliable operational railway


Scope

Projects should reduce the time taken to complete examinations through improved automation and increased repeatability and reproducibility of data. They must also mitigate the risks associated with lower quality examinations due to challenging access constraints and human centric bias. Solutions should be demonstrated on the live railway.


Project size

£300-500k


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

Innovation loans
Sectors
Automotive & Transport
Digital, AI & Machine Learning
Electronic, Sensors & Robotics
Energy
General & Miscellaneous
Health & Life Sciences
Manufacturing & Materials
Programme
Innovate UK
Award
Share of £10m
Opens:
September 23, 2019
Closes:
November 27, 2019

Loans are for highly innovative late stage projects with the best game changing and/or disruptive ideas or concepts. There should be a clear route to commercialisation and economic impact.

Scope

The  aim of this competition is to help businesses overcome barriers to the best cutting edge, game changing innovations becoming a successful commercial reality. This includes making a considerable economic impact and/or resulting  in significant, sustainable business growth.

Projects should last up to 5 years, of which up to 3 years can focus on late stage R&D, and up to 2 more years on establishing a clear route to  commercial success. Loan repayments will be required over a further period of up to 5 years.

Project size

£100,000 to £1m

More information can be found here