Innovate UK and Dstl (the Defence, Science and Technology Laboratory) are to invest up to £580,000 in innovative studies into software development focused on the verification and validation of complex systems.
This competition covers complex systems encountered in areas such as knowlegde work automation, advanced robotics, automated and autonomous vehicles and smart systems.
Businesses are being encouraged to develop appropriate links between the way a system behaves in the physical world and the software implementing its actions.
The competition also aims to stimulate the development of new engineering methods for systems in which a machine, rather than a human, drives the decision-making.
Innovate UK and Dstl particularly want to ensure that small and micro companies in the UK develop early capabilities in this evolving area.
this competition is open and the deadline for registration is noon on 11 November 2015
projects must be led by a small or micro business working in partnership with one or more business or research partners
we expect projects to range in size from total costs of £50,000 to £100,000 and to last between 6 and 12 months
small businesses could receive up to 70% of their costs, medium-sized businesses 60%, large businesses 50%