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At DASA, we find and fund exploitable innovation to support UK defence and security quickly and effectively, and support UK prosperity.

We fund innovation through two main mechanisms, the Open Call for Innovation and Themed Competitions.

Open Call for Innovation

The Open Call exists to offer suppliers the opportunity to submit their ideas to defence and security stakeholders.

The Open Call welcomes innovations that address any defence challenge, or innovations that address security challenges where there is a relevant security Innovation Focus Area (IFA). Please see some examples of work we have funded here.

The Open Call is open for proposals all year round, with assessment dates scheduled across the year. More information on assessment dates can be found here.

Whilst we welcome a range of ideas and innovations, there are also some specific Innovation Focus Areas (IFAs) where proposals are sought:

Themed Competitions

Themed Competitions exist to offer suppliers the opportunity to submit proposals around specific government areas of interest. Themed competitions may only run for a short time and have set closing dates.

DASA has had various themed competitions covering a range of topics. For details on past competitions, please see here.

To see examples of projects that have been funded through themed competitions, please see here.

Competitions currently open for application

02 June 2021 Open Call for Innovation - Cycle 1 Rapid Impact and Emerging Innovations
13 April 2021* Uncrewed Underwater Vehicle Testbed *Initial one-page pitch proposal deadline 8 March 2021

Competitions Opening Soon

Launch Date Competition Title
02 June 2021 Open Call for Innovation - Cycle 2
Various Help us scope future competitions

If you have any queries or questions please email: accelerator@dstl.gov.uk

Guidance

If you are interested in any of our competitions, please see the relevant guidance below.

Published 20 May 2019
Last updated 7 April 2021 + show all updates
  1. Wireless communications, networking and information theory competition now closed.

  2. - Link to IFA025 Reducing Reliance on Global Navigation Satellite Systems Quantum Augmented Position, Navigation and Timing Sensing Capability, removed as now closed for submission. - Open Call Cycle 1 listed as current competition. Now open for Emerging Innovations and Rapid Impact submissions. - Open Call Cycle 2 listed as upcoming competition.

  3. Map the Gap Phase 2 now closed

  4. Now includes link to Armoured Fighting Vehicle Short Gap Crossing Capability (IFA026) IFA wording.

  5. Take Cover Phase 3 Closed competition Uncrewed Underwater Vehicle Testbed opened

  6. Wireless communications, networking and information theory challenge now open.

  7. Right On Time: Automating Military Logistics launched

  8. Open Call Cycle 6 listed as current competition and Cycle 1 launch date added.

  9. Listed Open Call cycle 6 as opening soon.

  10. Closing Date for Map the Gap amended

  11. New Themed competition added

  12. Removed link to IFA018 - closed Removed link to Open Call cycle 4 - closed Cycle 5 listed as a current cycle - Included detail that only Rapid Impact and IFAs will be open.

  13. Edited Open Call Cycle 5 launch date to correct it to 3 December.

  14. Telexistence removed from competitions open for application

  15. Added link to IFA025 - Reducing Reliance on Global Navigation Satellite Systems Quantum Augmented Position, Navigation and Timing Sensing Capability

  16. Link to IFA025 - Quantum Augmented Position, Navigation and Timing Sensing Capability added

  17. Removed closed competitions from the list of open competitions.

  18. Removed Open Call Cycle 3, added Open Call Cycle 4 and 5 dates.

  19. added COVID-19 Open Call for Innovation Cycle dates

  20. Removed the links to the IFAs that are no longer open. Updated the open call dates.

  21. Autonomy in challenging environments Phase 1 now open.

  22. Removed now closed competitions (FASS Testing and Trialling and Novel Chemistry)

  23. Updated with current open funding opportunities

  24. new competition added

  25. First published.