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Apply for business funding: opportunities with the MOD

The Ministry of Defence is looking to fund development of innovative products and services by businesses in 7 specific technology areas

British Army reservists standing on a Challenger 2 tank, silhouetted against an orange sky

Opportunities exist for innovation into personal protection and use of fuel and lubricants.

Businesses with ideas for novel products and services can win funding from the Ministry of Defence in 7 separate SBRI (Small Business Research Initiative) competitions.

If they really have potential to solve these specific problems, then those businesses can earn a further contract worth up to £1 million or more to develop their innovation.

The SBRI competitions recently opened by the Ministry of Defence are:

Non-destructive evaluation

Up to £1 million: on an open theme but also on airworthiness (air fuel and hydraulic seals) and personal protection (soft and hard body armour and helmets).

Deadline: noon on 19 August, 2015.

Open source big data insight

Up to £250,000 for phase 1: a prototype to provide an unstructured and open-source data analytics platform for defence.

Deadline: 5pm on 13 August, 2015.

Understand and interact with cyberspace

Up to £500,000: approaches to improve the way humans interact with data to allow them to understand what is going on in cyberspace.

Deadline: 5pm on 3 September 2015.

Persistent surveillance from the air

Up to £1 million: sensor and communications technologies that benefit high-altitude, low-weight, persistent aerial platforms.

Deadline: 5pm on 6 August 2015.

Agile, immersive mission training

Up to £1 million: agile, re-configurable and immersive simulation-based training, which can be readily available in response to changing operational needs.

Deadline: 5pm on 4 August 2015.

What’s inside that building?

Up to £650,000: technologies and methods of remotely gathering information about the layout and situation inside a building.

Deadline: 5pm on 10 September 2015.

Fuels and lubricants

Up to £1 million: reducing the cost of ownership of military assets through innovative approaches to fuel and lubrication use.

Deadline: noon on 5 August, 2015.

Published 25 June 2015