ISCF Digital Security by Design – business led demonstrators phase 1 EOI

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £6Mn to collaborate on market demonstrator projects showcasing the use and adoption of digital security by design (DSbD) technologies. Interested? Feel free to contact us!


Competition closes: 26 May 2021, 11am

Invite to interview: 02 June 2021 | Interview panel: 21 June 2021

Applicants notified: 28 June 2021

Project start date & duration: 01 February 2022; between 24 and 36 months


The ISCF Digital Security by Design challenge aims to update the digital computing infrastructure by creating a new, more secure hardware and software ‘ecosystem’. ‘Capability enabled hardware’ includes security features or safeguards that are built in the processor architecture and hardware system so that it becomes more secure in the face of a range of security vulnerabilities.

Demonstrators must showcase DSbD’s new security approach in a vertical industry segment(s) or in applications that may cut across several vertical industry segments. Industry segments can include those that:

  • require secure system operation with safety and resiliency business requirements
  • include high-value data assets the compromise of which may cause serious economic or personal harm

Proposals must describe:

  • the use case or use cases and why and how it will benefit from the proposed demonstrator
  • how you will justify the social and economic benefits realised by the demonstrator
  • how you will assess potential productivity increase using the demonstrator
  • how you expect the results of the demonstrator to affect future products or services

Projects that will not be funded

  • projects that do not construct a physical demonstrator using the technology platform prototype
  • project deliverables that are not demonstrated in the context of capability enabled hardware
  • projects that do not demonstrate the need for more secure products or services
  • subsidies dependent on export performance or on domestic inputs usage


  • Subsidy Control and State Aid funding rules apply.
  • Projects must be led by a UK registered business (of any size).
  • Projects must be collaborative between UK-based organisations.
  • R&D work must be carried out in the UK and project results exploited from the UK.
  • Subcontractors, preferably UK-based, with costs justified and appropriate to the eligible project costs can be employed. For overseas subcontractors, a case must be made why no UK-based subcontractor can be used.

Funding Rates

  • Total eligible project costs between £1.5-4Mn (£6Mn pot).
  • Note this is Phase 1 of a 2-phase competition – no funding will be allocated in this phase.

Project maturity (up to but not including commercialisation)

Organisation size

Industrial Research (TRL3-5)

Micro/small business


Medium sized business


Large business


Research organisations in your consortium can share up to 50% of the UK total eligible project costs.

Need help?

Please contact us for further information on the funding scheme, to discuss a project or how we can support you with an application.

More details and other funding opportunities from Innovate UK can be viewed here.