The UK Defence & Security Accelerator (DASA) has issued an open call for companies to present innovations at Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 6 or 7 to British defence and security stakeholders at any time, without waiting for a relevant Themed Competition.
The Open Call is one of the funding competition mechanisms the DASA uses to find proposals that address challenges faced by government stakeholders. The idea could be a concept, technology or service. Suppliers may submit proposals to address any defence challenge or a specific Innovation Focus Area and can submit under 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.
No funding limit is specified, however typically fund bids are between £100,000 – £350,000 (AUD$ 180,000 – $620,000). Proposals that demonstrate value for money will be viewed favourably.
Link to further details and submission can be found here.
Current competition is open until January 28, 2021.