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This Accelerator themed competition is looking for novel proposals that use autonomous systems to deliver mission critical supplies to users in the military front-line. For this competition we’re focussing on the challenging ‘last mile’ of resupply.
The aim of an autonomous last mile resupply system is to:
- reduce the demand on existing platforms and infrastructure
- reduce the risk and burden on military personnel during last mile resupply
- increase the efficiency of the last mile logistic resupply operations with pace and accuracy
- provide an assured resupply capability for forward military users to enable more agile operations in complex environments
For this competition we’re particularly interested in:
- unmanned air and ground load carrying platforms
- technologies and systems to allow load carrying platforms to operate autonomously
- technologies to autonomously predict, plan, track and optimise resupply demands from military users
2. Total funding
Up to £1.5 million is available for phase 1 of this competition. We expect to fund a number of projects with research lasting up to 6 months; phase 1 deliverables must be complete by the end of February 2018.
There’s up to an additional £1.5 million for phase 2 of the competition. Phase 2 funding opportunities will only be available to projects funded through phase 1 of the competition and will be considered on a per-project basis.
More information will be available within the next 2 weeks when the competition document is released.
3. Competition close
This competition will close on 21 June 2017 at 12 noon. Proposals must be submitted to the Accelerator online submission service.