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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.

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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.

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Open competitions

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

  • Track 3: High TRL entry (TRL 6 or higher)

    1 phase of funding will be offered for experimental development of higher TRL solutions. Due to the envisaged maturity of the solutions in this track, proposals are expected to be low in value.

    Competition Summary

    This Defence and Security Accelerator competition seeks innovative or novel ideas to reduce the threat from the terrorist or malicious use of explosives and weapons in public spaces by using the crowd as a sensor. These capabilities and systems are to be used in crowded spaces, such as shopping centres, sports stadia and entertainment venues.

    This competition seeks proposals for technologies, systems and behavioral sciences, as part of a whole systems approach to improve the detection of explosives and weapons within crowded spaces.

    Background

    Recent events in London and Manchester have demonstrated the impact that people armed with explosives and weapons can have on crowds. The UK Government is looking at how science and technology could help deter and defeat such attacks now, and in the future.

    This competition forms part of the Home Office’s CONTEST Science and Technology programme which aims to build on and complement cross-departmental efforts, such as: the Innovation Research Call (IRC) on explosives and weapons; the Joint Security and Resilience Centre (JSaRC) high foot-fall screening demonstrators; and, the Open Call for Innovation and Future Aviation Security Solutions competitions calls through the Defence and Security Accelerator.

    The challenges of this competition are to develop and demonstrate how we use the crowd to identify a threat by :

    • detecting the crowd’s conscious and sub-conscious reaction to threats
    • training the public to spot threats
    • enabling the crowd to report threats

    Funding

    Up to £1 million is available for phase 1 of this competition.

    Competition close

    This competition will open once the full competition document is published and will close at 12 noon on 20 September 2017. Proposals must be submitted to the Accelerator online.

    This competition closes on Wednesday 20 September 2017 at 12pm.

  • Track 2: Mid TRL entry (TRL 4-6)

    1 phase of funding will be offered for research and development of mid-TRL solutions for 12 months.  Proposals are expected to be in the region of £250,000.

    Competition Summary

    This Defence and Security Accelerator competition seeks innovative or novel ideas to reduce the threat from the terrorist or malicious use of explosives and weapons in public spaces by using the crowd as a sensor. These capabilities and systems are to be used in crowded spaces, such as shopping centres, sports stadia and entertainment venues.

    This competition seeks proposals for technologies, systems and behavioral sciences, as part of a whole systems approach to improve the detection of explosives and weapons within crowded spaces.

    Background

    Recent events in London and Manchester have demonstrated the impact that people armed with explosives and weapons can have on crowds. The UK Government is looking at how science and technology could help deter and defeat such attacks now, and in the future.

    This competition forms part of the Home Office’s CONTEST Science and Technology programme which aims to build on and complement cross-departmental efforts, such as: the Innovation Research Call (IRC) on explosives and weapons; the Joint Security and Resilience Centre (JSaRC) high foot-fall screening demonstrators; and, the Open Call for Innovation and Future Aviation Security Solutions competitions calls through the Defence and Security Accelerator.

    The challenges of this competition are to develop and demonstrate how we use the crowd to identify a threat by :

    • detecting the crowd’s conscious and sub-conscious reaction to threats
    • training the public to spot threats
    • enabling the crowd to report threats

    Funding

    Up to £1 million is available for phase 1 of this competition.

    Competition close

    This competition will open once the full competition document is published and will close at 12 noon on 20 September 2017. Proposals must be submitted to the Accelerator online.

     

    This competition closes on Wednesday 20 September 2017 at 12pm.

  • Track 1: Low TRL entry (up to TRL 4)

    2 phases of funding will be offered.  Phase 1  will be for proof-of-concept research, with funding expected to be in the region of £40 000 - £80,000 per proposal for 6 months of research.  Winners at Phase 1 will have the opportunity to enter a phase 2 funding competition offering in the region of £250.000 per proposal for further development of their solutions for 10 months of research.

    Competition Summary

    This Defence and Security Accelerator competition seeks innovative or novel ideas to reduce the threat from the terrorist or malicious use of explosives and weapons in public spaces by using the crowd as a sensor. These capabilities and systems are to be used in crowded spaces, such as shopping centres, sports stadia and entertainment venues.

    This competition seeks proposals for technologies, systems and behavioral sciences, as part of a whole systems approach to improve the detection of explosives and weapons within crowded spaces.

    Background

    Recent events in London and Manchester have demonstrated the impact that people armed with explosives and weapons can have on crowds. The UK Government is looking at how science and technology could help deter and defeat such attacks now, and in the future.

    This competition forms part of the Home Office’s CONTEST Science and Technology programme which aims to build on and complement cross-departmental efforts, such as: the Innovation Research Call (IRC) on explosives and weapons; the Joint Security and Resilience Centre (JSaRC) high foot-fall screening demonstrators; and, the Open Call for Innovation and Future Aviation Security Solutions competitions calls through the Defence and Security Accelerator.

    The challenges of this competition are to develop and demonstrate how we use the crowd to identify a threat by :

    • detecting the crowd’s conscious and sub-conscious reaction to threats
    • training the public to spot threats
    • enabling the crowd to report threats

    Funding

    Up to £1 million is available for phase 1 of this competition and up to £1 million will be made available for phase 2 of the competition.

    Competition close

    This competition will open once the full competition document is published and will close at 12 noon on 20 September 2017. Proposals must be submitted to the Accelerator online.

    This competition closes on Wednesday 20 September 2017 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 25 July 2017 at 12pm.

    Open Call for Innovation - cycle 5 - FY17/18