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Catch the ChemBio SCENT!

This Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) competition seeks proposals for novel technologies for screening, collecting and exploiting ChemBio materials.

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Catch the ChemBio SCENT ISC Terms

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Catch the ChemBio SCENT ISC Schedules

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This Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) competition is seeking proposals that can address challenges associated with screening for, the preservation of sample / evidence, and the attribution of hazardous chemical and biological (ChemBio) materials. New technology options or technical approaches could ultimately help both the successful identification of material and directly / indirectly aid in bringing perpetrators to justice.

As well as addressing this diverse set of technical requirements, one of the goals of ‘Catch the ChemBio SCENT!’ is to engage with a non-traditional ChemBio supplier base (for example suppliers who have not worked in Defence and Security before) in order to yield innovative solutions.

Up to £1M is available to fund multiple emerging innovations (low technology readiness level (TRL)) to demonstrate proof-of-concept during Phase 1 of the competition. It is expected that proposals will not exceed £100K.

It is anticipated that there will be a second phase of this competition with additional funding, which will seek to further develop promising solutions from Phase 1 as well as identify and accelerate other solutions at a higher TRL.

This competition is jointly funded by the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) and the US Department of Defense (DOD), the relationship will operate under and be governed by an extant memorandum of understanding between both nations. Both the MOD and DOD will have access to proposals submitted under this competition in order to jointly assess which proposals to fund.

Published 3 November 2021
Last updated 17 December 2021 + show all updates
  1. Added Catch the ChemBio SCENT! Webinar and Q&A to the bottom of the competition document

  2. Clarification Q&A from the Launch Event and supplier one-to-one sessions have been uploaded to the end of the competition document.

  3. Amendment to Catch the ChemBio SCENT ISC Terms Document - Removed DEFCON 126 (International Collaboration) and amended the note relating to DEFCON 705.

  4. First published.