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Centre for Defence Enterprise: submit your research proposal

Guidance on how to submit a Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) proposal.

The only way to submit a proposal to CDE is through the online portal.

Read the guidance here to help you get started, create and submit your proposal. The process is the same if you are submitting a proposal to the enduring challenge competition or a themed competition.

CDE typically funds proposals for proof-of-concept research in the range of £40,000 to £100,000 for work of 3 to 9 months duration.

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, you should speak to the Defence Suppliers’ Service, or see other ways of how to sell to Dstl.

Centre for Defence Enterprise

Building R103
Fermi Avenue

Harwell Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX11 0QX

Open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. Please email for the quickest response.

Submit your research proposal

Guidance on the process of submitting a proposal to CDE.

  1. CDE portal: submit a proposal

    • 30 June 2014
    • Detailed guide

Open and manage a CDE portal account

Guidance on how to open and operate either a single-user or multi-user portal account.

  1. CDE portal: open and manage your account

    • 30 June 2014
    • Detailed guide

What to include in your proposal

What information to include in your proposal and where to put it on the portal. This guidance also includes information on how your proposal is assessed.

  1. CDE portal: what to include in your proposal

    • 11 November 2014
    • Detailed guide

CDE: terms and conditions and contract guidance

Guidance on standard CDE contracts, terms and conditions for funding and intellectual property rights.

  1. CDE: terms and conditions and contract guidance

    • 11 November 2014
    • Detailed guide