DASA Open Call for Innovation

Do you have an idea to improve the defence and/or security of the UK? Then check out the DASA Open Call for Innovation which seeks innovative ideas to improve the defence and/or security of the UK. Ideas can be a concept, technology or service. Interested? Then feel free to get in touch!

About

The Defence And Security Accelerator (DASA) funds exploitable innovation to support UK defence and security quickly and effectively, and support UK prosperity. The Open Call is looking for innovative ideas to improve the defence and/or security of the UK. Ideas can be a concept, technology or service. Emerging Innovations category is for less mature innovations, and the Rapid Impact category is for innovations that are more developed.

2022/2023 call cycle deadlines

27 April; 22 June; 14 September; 23 November; 22 February

Defence requirements

Suppliers may submit proposals to address any defence challenge or a specific Innovation Focus Area and can submit under either Emerging Innovations or Defence Rapid Impact.

Security requirements

Suppliers may submit proposals under the Security Rapid Impact category to address any security challenge.

It is expected that some proposals will be relevant to both defence and security

Emerging Innovations

Emerging innovations are viewed as those which will deliver a proof of concept at around Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 3 or 4. Proof of concept might include component and/or sub-system validation in laboratory-style environment. Successful projects may be candidates for follow-on funding in the Rapid Impact category, although other funding opportunities may be available.

The majority of successful projects start at TRL 2 or 3, which means the basic concept has been formulated and the underpinning technological principles observed at the outset. No funding limit is specified, however we would typically expect to fund bids between £50K – £100K that last between 3 and 10 months.

The Open Call competition category ‘Emerging Innovations’ is currently not available for submission. Watch this space for information as soon as this category becomes available again.

Defence Rapid Impact

Rapid Impact Innovations are viewed as those which will deliver a technology model or prototype demonstration at around TRL 6 or 7. This demonstration should be at a limited scale, in the hands of end users, and in the context or environment in which it is expected that the solution would be used. To be successful it will also have to provide evidence of how other MOD/Security business and capability requirements, such as the Defence Lines of Development (DLOD), could be satisfied should the project to be taken forward after the pilot.

Your project should have a realistic prospect of achieving an impact within a 3 year time frame from the completion of the project. Proposals will therefore only be funded if there is a strong customer requirement and capability need for the idea. Proposals could be pre-sifted from the competition prior to full assessment if user need is not explained.

No funding limit is specified, however  typically funds bids between £100K – £350K. Proposals that demonstrate value for money will be viewed favourably.

Security Rapid Impact

Security Rapid Impact Innovations are viewed as those which will undergo a period of research and development in order to deliver a technology model or prototype demonstration at around TRL 6 or 7, at the end of the contract. This demonstration should be at a limited scale and in the context or environment in which it is expected that the solution would be used.

Your project can also include a further priced option for a Testing and Trialling phase. This aims to allow you to gather further data from an operational environment and refine the innovation, trialling its suitability to meet end user’s needs.

Your project should have a realistic prospect of achieving an impact within a 3 year time frame from the completion of the project. Proposals will therefore only be funded if there is a strong security and/ or defence user requirement and capability need for the idea. Proposals could be pre-sifted from the competition prior to full assessment if security user need is not explained. We are currently seeking ideas related to one or more of the following government departments:

  • Home Office
  • Department for Transport (in relation to security departments)
  • Other Government Security Departments

No funding limit is specified, however typically funds bids between £100K – £350K.

It is expected that some proposals will be relevant to both defence and security.

For this Security Rapid Impact Competition a submitted Innovation Outline is required prior to full proposal submission. We will aim for the Innovation Partner to contact you within 10 working days of your Innovation Outline submission. Once the Innovation Partner has considered your outline, they will advise you whether your idea is suitable for DASA funding and provide you with guidance on the bidding process.

Innovation Focus Areas

Whilst DASA are interested in funding all sorts of projects, there are some Innovation Focus Areas (IFAs) which are enduring challenges faced by defence and security customers. These are often broad in scope and will always be open for a minimum of two open call cycles. If you are interested in any of the Innovation Focus Areas, you should check the relevant IFA unique identifier number when creating your submission.

You can view the current list of Innovation Focus Areas here.

Find out more about the Defence and Security Accelerator here.

How PNO can support you

The UK team has a strong track record in securing some of the most competitive national and European grants on behalf of its clients, with a full understanding of how a project should be presented to stand the highest chance of success. Each year in the UK alone, we are responsible for the submission of more than 100 funding applications across all sectors and priority areas. Based on this extensive experience, through careful project selection and using key insight into how a project should be best positioned, we consistently achieve success rates that are more than 5 times the typical success rates for UK national schemes and EU programmes.

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