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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

  • Summary

    This Defence and Security Accelerator (Accelerator) themed competition seeks to make a real difference in aviation security through innovative science and technology. The competition is looking for proposals for technologies to improve our ability to prevent explosives hidden within electrical items in hand luggage from being taken on board an aircraft.

    This Accelerator competition is part of the wider Department for Transport and Home Office Future Aviation Security Solutions (FASS) programme. This programme will invest £25.5 million over a 5 year period (2016-2021) to promote innovation and deliver a step change in aviation security.

    Background

    In March 2017, the UK introduced a ban on large electronic devices in the cabin of UK-bound aircraft from certain airports in the Middle East and North Africa. Restrictions like these are of great concern to the aviation industry, and equally to passengers. Prohibiting passengers from travelling with electronic items can have a huge impact on personal and business activity.

    We’re confident in the ability of current processes used to detect threats but are aware that we need to stay ahead of changes to the threat. In addition, these processes can be invasive and time consuming for passengers and resource intensive for airlines and airports.

    As part of an effective, efficient and passenger-friendly screening system we’re seeking new solutions that could provide an alternative to imposing bans on electrical items or additional laborious screening measures.

    Through this competition we want to continue to improve our detection capability, reduce the risk of restrictive measures being imposed in the future and reduce the need for additional layers of security.

    This competition has 2 challenges which seek to enhance the detection of threats hidden in electrical items:

    • at central search
    • at a final departure screening point, where there are significant constraints on size, weight, power and portability

    For both challenges, we’re not just looking for solutions to detect concealed explosive devices/components. We’d also be interested in solutions to identify electrical items that may have been tampered with, or which appear to be out of the ordinary. This could allow us to focus the more resource intensive detection techniques on a smaller number of items.

    Full details of the competition, including technology readiness level (TRL) entry points, will be available when the competition document is published on 20 October 2017.

    Total funding

    The total funding available for this competition will be £3 million.

    Competition close

    This competition will open once the full competition document is published and will close at midday on 17 January 2018. Proposals must be submitted to the Accelerator submission service online.

    Other opportunities

    This competition is one part of the Department for Transport and the Home Office joint FASS programme. There will be a range of funding opportunities spanning all technology readiness levels that will be open to UK-based and international bidders including an Accelerator Open Call for Innovation that will evaluate research proposals which are out of scope of any themed competition.

    This competition will be presented at an Accelerator Innovation Network event in London on 28 November. 

    This competition closes on Wednesday 17 January 2018 at 12pm.

  • Summary

    This Defence and Security Accelerator (Accelerator) themed competition seeks to make a real difference in aviation security through innovative science and technology. The competition is looking for proposals for technologies to improve our ability to prevent explosives hidden within electrical items in hand luggage from being taken on board an aircraft.

    This Accelerator competition is part of the wider Department for Transport and Home Office Future Aviation Security Solutions (FASS) programme. This programme will invest £25.5 million over a 5 year period (2016-2021) to promote innovation and deliver a step change in aviation security.

    Background

    In March 2017, the UK introduced a ban on large electronic devices in the cabin of UK-bound aircraft from certain airports in the Middle East and North Africa. Restrictions like these are of great concern to the aviation industry, and equally to passengers. Prohibiting passengers from travelling with electronic items can have a huge impact on personal and business activity.

    We’re confident in the ability of current processes used to detect threats but are aware that we need to stay ahead of changes to the threat. In addition, these processes can be invasive and time consuming for passengers and resource intensive for airlines and airports.

    As part of an effective, efficient and passenger-friendly screening system we’re seeking new solutions that could provide an alternative to imposing bans on electrical items or additional laborious screening measures.

    Through this competition we want to continue to improve our detection capability, reduce the risk of restrictive measures being imposed in the future and reduce the need for additional layers of security.

    This competition has 2 challenges which seek to enhance the detection of threats hidden in electrical items:

    • at central search
    • at a final departure screening point, where there are significant constraints on size, weight, power and portability

    For both challenges, we’re not just looking for solutions to detect concealed explosive devices/components. We’d also be interested in solutions to identify electrical items that may have been tampered with, or which appear to be out of the ordinary. This could allow us to focus the more resource intensive detection techniques on a smaller number of items.

    Full details of the competition, including technology readiness level (TRL) entry points, will be available when the competition document is published on 20 October 2017.

    Total funding

    The total funding available for this competition will be £3 million.

    Competition close

    This competition will open once the full competition document is published and will close at midday on 17 January 2018. Proposals must be submitted to the Accelerator submission service online.

    Other opportunities

    This competition is one part of the Department for Transport and the Home Office joint FASS programme. There will be a range of funding opportunities spanning all technology readiness levels that will be open to UK-based and international bidders including an Accelerator Open Call for Innovation that will evaluate research proposals which are out of scope of any themed competition.

    This competition will be presented at an Accelerator Innovation Network event in London on 28 November. 

    This competition closes on Wednesday 17 January 2018 at 12pm.

  • The Open Call for Innovation is continually open to all highly innovative research ideas that challenge existing conventions and have a high potential benefit for the defence and security end user.

    This competition closes on Tuesday 24 October 2017 at 12pm.

    Open Call for Innovation - cycle 8 - FY17/18