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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 defence and/or security challenges. 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. The next cycle closes on 02 October 2019. More information on assessment dates can be found here.

While we welcome the full range of ideas and innovations, there are some specific Innovation Focus Areas where proposals are sought.

Innovation focus areas for defence are:

  • Developing novel radar concepts and technologies
  • Delivering an open data sharing solution
  • Regenerative medicine at the front line

Innovation focus areas for security are:

  • Finding suspected threats on passengers during airport screening
  • Matching passengers with their x-ray trays during airport screening
  • Improving aviation cargo screening speed
  • Assistive technology for rail staff
  • Screening train carriages

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

Closing Date Competition Title
23 July 2019 Intelligent Ship - the Next Generation
12 August 2019 Predictive Cyber Analytics - Phase 2
16 August 2019 Stopping it in its tracks - Phase 2
09 September 2019 The Invisible Battlespace - Phase 2
26 September 2019 Point of Care diagnostics at the Front Line
Opening Soon Competition Title
August 2019 Advanced Vision for 2020 and Beyond
October 2019 Bioprocessing waste into reusable products
Various Help us scope future competitions

We also host a number of events; please see here for a list of our upcoming events.


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

Published 20 May 2019
Last updated 3 July 2019 + show all updates
  1. Removed now closed competitions (FASS Testing and Trialling and Novel Chemistry)
  2. Updated with current open funding opportunities
  3. new competition added
  4. First published.