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Submit your proposal to the Accelerator

The Defence and Security Accelerator funds proposals for proof-of-concept research. If you already have a product, you should speak to the Defence Suppliers’ Service.

New users should click the ‘Start now’ button below. It’ll allow you to set up an account with us. You can then begin putting together your proposal for funding (or if you've already registered sign in here).

You’ll be able to save your proposal and finish it later if you need to.

You can submit proposals for both our themed competitions and the enduring competition here and they'll be assessed before we decide if we’ll fund or not.

You mustn’t submit any classified information to the Accelerator. Find out more about government security classifications.

If you are uncertain about whether your idea would be a good fit for funding by DASA in the Open Call for Innovation, you can submit a one-page pitch for an initial review to accelerator@dstl.gov.uk prior to sending in a proposal through our submissions service.  More information is available here.

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Open competitions

View details of all current Accelerator competitions on our GOV.UK page

  • Proposals in this category are encouraged for projects which have a realistic prospect of achieving an impact within a 3 year time frame from the commencement of the project.

    In this category, there is an expectation that proposals will be funded only if there is a strong customer pull and capability need for the idea. Accordingly, additional effort will be required by suppliers to ensure there is positive user interest in the idea before submitting a proposal.

    To assist with this, suppliers can discuss their ideas with a DASA Innovation Partner. The Innovation Partners are an important part of the DASA supplier outreach team, and they can offer advice and help to broker introductions with customers and government stakeholders from across defence and security. In particular, if you need access to customer support and resources to deliver your project, an initial discussion with an Innovation Partner is recommended. If you wish to speak with an Innovation Partner, please contact us on accelerator@dstl.gov.uk.

    For Defence proposals, project funding requests of no more than £250,000 would be welcomed, although lower cost proposals will be viewed favourably. Further, for Defence proposals to achieve an impact for defence within 3 years, your project is expected to output a trial or pilot of the capability at a limited scale in the hands of end users, and in the context or environment in which it is expected that they would use the solution. To be successful it will also have to provide evidence of how other MODbusiness and capability requirements, such as the Defence Lines of Development (DLOD), can be satisfied.

    The assessment and decision making process for Defence proposals will include a pitch panel, where down-selected companies will be asked to pitch their idea to a senior panel before a final decision is made.

    For security-related innovations, no funding limit is specified, and all proposals will be considered. However, as a guide, it is expected that the majority of successful Security projects will cost less than £150,000. Funding is available from a variety of security departments across government, and proposals at Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 4 and above are encouraged.

    This competition closes on Monday 19 March 2018 at 12pm.

  • In this category, we are encouraging the submission of proposals across a wide range of technology areas with the aim of finding new and novel opportunities for these to be exploited across Defence and/or Security.

    Emerging innovations are viewed as those which will deliver a proof of concept at around Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 3 or 4, which in outline means delivering a proof of concept, with component and/or sub-system validation in laboratory-style environment by the end of your proposed work. Projects are expected to start at TRL 2 or 3, which means the basic concept as has been formulated and the underpinning technological principles observed at the outset. Projects which deliver successfully in this category may be candidates for follow-on funding in the Rapid Impact Innovation category, although other funding opportunities may be available.

    Defence proposals are sought for projects lasting between 3 and 9 months and costing between £30,000 and £90,000. A total of £3 million is available from the Ministry of Defence research programme to fund these ideas.

    For Security proposals, no maximum time period or funding limit is specified, and all proposals will be considered. However, as a guide, it is expected that the majority of successful Security projects will cost less than £150,000 and last between 3 and 12 months.

    This competition closes on Monday 19 March 2018 at 12pm.

  • This Defence and Security Accelerator (Accelerator) themed competition seeks to make a real difference in saving lives and reducing disability following serious injury. We’re looking for proposals that harness developments in regenerative medicine to offer practical approaches suitable for use early after injury.

    1. Background

    Recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan saw step changes in trauma care that led to great improvements in survival following blast or ballistic trauma. This has meant, however, that people survive with increasingly life-changing injuries.

    Our belief is that the very early use of approaches in regenerative medicine, one of the UK Government’s 8 great technologies, has the potential to further revolutionise front line trauma care to save lives and to improve the quality of life for survivors.

    This competition has 2 challenges:

    1. bioengineered blood and blood components2. the preservation and regeneration of soft tissue using biophysical approaches

    The outputs from this work would be developed for use by the UK’s Defence Medical Services and other organisations who deliver trauma care in challenging environments. These approaches should also reduce the burden on later care supplied by both MoD and the NHS.

    2. Funding

    Up to £500,000 is available for phase 1 of this competition. At least another £500,000 will be made available for phase 2 of the competition. Only those projects funded through phase 1 will qualify for entry into the phase 2 competition.

    3. Competition close

    The competition will close at midday on 11 April 2018. Proposals must be submitted to the Accelerator submission service online.

    This competition closes on Wednesday 11 April 2018 at 12pm.