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, 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.

Submit your research proposal

Start with this step-by-step process of how to submit a proposal to CDE.

  1. CDE portal: submit a proposal

    • 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

    • Detailed guide

What to include in your proposal

What information you should 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

    • 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

    • Detailed guide