The Open Call competition is one of the competition mechanisms DASA uses to find proposals that address the challenges faced by government stakeholders. It gives bidders the opportunity to present their ideas to defence and security stakeholders at any time and without waiting for a relevant Themed Competition.
What the Open Call seeks
The Open Call is looking for innovative ideas to improve the defence and/or security of the UK. Your idea could be a concept, technology or service, and bids are sought at various levels of maturity. Our Emerging Innovations category is for less mature innovations, and our Rapid Impact Innovations category is for innovations that are more developed.
Full details of this competition , including assessment methods and criteria, are contained in the Competition Document. View the Competition Document.
Additionally, we have published some Open Call innovation focus areas. This is to increase awareness of some of the enduring challenges faced by our defence and security customers, and to stimulate the submission of relevant innovative proposals. Read about the innovation focus areas here.
Before submitting a proposal, you may wish to speak with a DASA innovation partner about your idea. To do this you can submit an Innovation Outline through our submissions service, under the Open Call section.
Competition closing dates
The Open Call for Innovation runs throughout the year. Assessment starts the day after the competition cycle closing date.
A list of the cycle closing dates for 2018/2019 and 2019/2020 are shown below. Proposals must be submitted through the Accelerator Submission Service by midday on the closing date given.
New innovation focus area added - IFA013 Innovative security features for bank notes
IFA data added and TRL altered.
IFA011 - advancing less lethal weapons innovation focus area added
New IFAs published and removal date added (2 October 2019) to IFA002 and IFA009
Due to technical issues the decision and feedback dates have been changed for Cycle 1
Addition of new Innovation Focus Area for regenerative medicine - funding available.
Addition of new Innovation Focus Area - Delivering an open data sharing solution - Funding available
update on Innovation Outline, and removal of Outline Proposals
New IFA - Developing novel radar concepts and technology
Rapid Impact funding limits have been changed. Guidance now reads: No funding limit is specified, however we would typically expect to fund bids between £100K - £350K. Proposals that demonstrate value for money or present a collaborative funding approach will be viewed favourably.
Amalgamation of emerging innovation requirements for security and defence in to 'overall requirement' section.
Removal of the Defence Innovation Focus Areas
Change to cycle 6 closing date.
Open Call dates for year 2019 - 2020 added
Added two new innovation areas for defence.
Open Call Cycle 3 will now close on 4 September 2018.
Please note we have an updated message regarding proposals on our old submissions service, which will closing on the 31 August 2018.
We have added a new document to publicise innovation focus areas of interest to some of our defence and security customers.
We have updated the decision release and feedback release dates for some of our DASA Open Call cycles.
We recommend bidders use a Google Chrome browser for setting up their new submission service accounts and for submitting proposals.
We have redesigned the Open Call pages, to make things clearer.
The Defence and Security Accelerator Team
Please note we are now aiming for Open Call Cycle 3 to be available from midday on Monday 02 July 2018.
The DASA team
Please note there is a new notification on the delay to the next Open Call cycle launch, with some recommendations on what to do next.
We are making improvements to the DASA Submission Service, which means we need to delay the launch of Open Call Cycle 3. Open Call Cycle 3 will be available from midday on Monday 11 June 2018.
Because we are moving to a new system, we recommend you do not commence drafting proposals in the current Submission Service, but prepare them off line so they can be uploaded when Cycle 3 opens on our new system.