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Defence and Security Accelerator enduring competition

The Defence and Security Accelerator's enduring competition for research funding accepts innovative proposals to a wide range of challenges.


The enduring competition, previously run by the Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) was paused on 25 October 2016.

This pause was to allow the transition of CDE into the early operating capability of the new Defence and Security Accelerator - announced by Secretary of State for Defence, Sir Michael Fallon, on 16 September 2016 as part of the defence innovation initiative.

The new Accelerator will focus on exploiting novel solutions, and we’re taking the opportunity to reshape the enduring competition to meet this. The enduring competition will continue to look for proposals that challenge our thinking and not iterative developments of current technologies. It will provide some direction on what MOD’s enduring research challenges are, while still remaining open to all highly innovative ideas that challenge existing conventions and have a high potential benefit for the defence and security end user. The competition is expected to re-launch in early 2017.

Meanwhile, please see our themed competitions for current funding opportunities.

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Published 8 December 2016