In September 2016 the Defence Secretary launched the Defence Innovation Initiative, which acknowledged that we needed a new approach to innovation in order to maintain our military advantage and recognised that the private sector drives the rapid pace of technological, social and cultural change.
Defence People Challenge Background
In the Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) 2015 the Government stated “Our Armed Forces rely on the skills, commitment and professionalism of our people. We place heavy demands on them. Recruiting, training and retaining the right mix of capable and motivated Service personnel is essential to deliver success on operations.” (Paragraph 4.51)
One of the priorities for innovation in Defence is about how we can recruit, train, retain and motivate the right number of people and make the most efficient and effective use of its workforce, providing the skills required to adapt to a rapidly changing environment. The Defence People Challenge will ask companies to consider how their products and services could make a real difference to how Defence approaches people management.
The event took place on Wednesday 7 February 2018 in London. At the event we asked delegates to share what they thought the marketplace can offer in this space and views from attendees to help shape our thinking before finalising the challenge and competition design.
Up to £6 million is available for phase 1 of this competition. We expect to fund several research proposals in each challenge area and the projects are expected to last up to 12 months.
shared the challenges externally with the current marketplace
collected wider external views in order to further assure/ refine the challenges based on the current market
encouraged collaborative bids
The full competition launch event will be held on Tuesday 27 March 2018 in London and further details will be available on our website in due course.