Defence and Security Accelerator funding competitions

Details of our current, future and past funding competitions.

Submit your proposal online.

The Defence and Security Accelerator funds novel, high-risk, high-potential-benefit research to develop capabilities for UK defence and security.

You can submit a Defence and Security Accelerator proposal for a research contract either to our Open Call for Innovation, or in response to the technical challenges in a specific themed competition.

See Defence and Security Accelerator terms and conditions and contract guidance.

The Defence and Security Accelerator funds only novel, high-risk, high-potential-benefit research. If your proposal is a product, or outside of the Defence and Security Accelerator competition space, you should speak to the Defence Suppliers’ Service.

Defence and Security Accelerator

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Current competitions

Details of themed competitions that are open now and the Accelerator’s Enduring Challenge competition

Past competitions

Details of themed competitions that are now closed.

Published 8 December 2016
Last updated 19 February 2018 + show all updates
  1. Submission service reopened.
  2. Submission service has reopened for themed competitions
  3. There has been an update to the submissions service for information.
  4. Submission service status update
  5. Word version of proposal submission form is available so you can draft a proposal now.
  6. Our submission service is temporarily closed due to a technical issue. We are working to resolve this as quickly as possible. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.
  7. Added Accelerator themed competition: Autonomous last mile resupply
  8. Moved Revolutionise competition to past competitions.
  9. Adding Enduring Challenge competition which is now open for submissions
  10. First published.