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Centre for Defence Enterprise funding competitions

Details of our current, future and past funding competitions and calls for proposals.

The Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) funds novel, high-risk, high-potential-benefit research to develop capabilities for UK defence and security.

You can submit a CDE proposal for a research contract either at any time to our enduring competition, or in response to the technical challenges in a specific themed competition.

See CDE terms and conditions and contract guidance.

CDE is part of the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) and funds only novel, high-risk, high-potential-benefit research. If your proposal is a product, or outside of CDE’s competition space, you should speak to the Defence Suppliers’ Service, or see other ways of how to sell to Dstl.

Current competitions

Details of themed competitions that are open now and CDE’s continuous enduring competition.

  1. CDE enduring competition

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  2. CDE themed competition: many drones make light work

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  3. CDE themed competition: autonomy in hazardous scene assessment

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Past competitions

Details of themed competitions that are now closed.

  1. CDE themed competition: detect and treat hearing loss and tinnitus

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  2. CDE themed competition: synthetic biology for novel materials

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  3. CDE themed competition: autonomy and big data for defence

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  4. CDE themed competition: security for the internet of things

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  5. CDE themed competition: what's inside that building?

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  6. CDE themed competition: understand and interact with cyberspace

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  7. CDE themed competition: open-source big data insight

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  8. CDE themed competition: agile, immersive mission training

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  9. CDE themed competition: persistent surveillance from the air

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  10. CDE themed competition: highly robust ground platforms

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  11. CDE themed competition: affordable space-based capability

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  12. CDE themed competition: defence medical sciences

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  13. CDE themed competition: synthetic biology applications in defence

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  14. CDE themed competition: automating cyber defence responses

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  15. CDE themed competition: detection of airborne chemical hazards

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  16. CDE themed competition: additive manufacturing

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  17. CDE themed competition: future sonar

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  18. CDE themed competition: innate response targets for therapy

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  19. CDE themed competition: information processing and sensemaking

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  20. CDE themed competition: defence against airborne threats

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  21. CDE themed competition: seeing through the clouds

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