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:
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.