Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) Open Call for Innovation

The Open Call is looking for innovative ideas to improve the defence and security of the UK. Your idea could be a concept, product or service, at various levels of maturity.



The only way to submit a proposal to the Defence and Security Accelerator is online via our new submission service. We recommend you use a Google Chrome browser when accessing the service.

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What is the Open Call

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.


Cycle Competition closes at midday Decision date Feedback released
1 2 May 2019 9 August 2019 16 August 2019
2 9 July 2019 21 October 2019 25 October 2019
3 2 October 2019 16 December 2019 20 December 2019
4 12 December 2019 31 March 2020 3 April 2020
5 30 January 2020 15 May 2020 22 May 2020


Cycle Competition closes at midday Decision date Feedback released
1 19 March 2018 31 May 2018 28 June 2018
2 21 May 2018 6 August 2018 6 September 2018
3 4 September 2018 20 November 2018 20 December 2018
4 19 October 2018 15 January 2019 31 January 2019
5 3 January 2019 20 March 2019 12 April 2019
6 7 March 2019 11 June 2019 28 June 2019
Published 21 May 2018
Last updated 4 October 2019 + show all updates
  1. New innovation focus area added - IFA013 Innovative security features for bank notes
  2. IFA data added and TRL altered.
  3. IFA011 - advancing less lethal weapons innovation focus area added
  4. New IFAs published and removal date added (2 October 2019) to IFA002 and IFA009
  5. Due to technical issues the decision and feedback dates have been changed for Cycle 1
  6. Addition of new Innovation Focus Area for regenerative medicine - funding available.
  7. Addition of new Innovation Focus Area - Delivering an open data sharing solution - Funding available
  8. update on Innovation Outline, and removal of Outline Proposals
  9. New IFA - Developing novel radar concepts and technology
  10. 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.
  11. Amalgamation of emerging innovation requirements for security and defence in to 'overall requirement' section.
  12. Removal of the Defence Innovation Focus Areas
  13. Change to cycle 6 closing date.
  14. Open Call dates for year 2019 - 2020 added
  15. Added two new innovation areas for defence.
  16. Open Call Cycle 3 will now close on 4 September 2018.
  17. Please note we have an updated message regarding proposals on our old submissions service, which will closing on the 31 August 2018.
  18. We have added a new document to publicise innovation focus areas of interest to some of our defence and security customers.
  19. We have updated the decision release and feedback release dates for some of our DASA Open Call cycles.
  20. We recommend bidders use a Google Chrome browser for setting up their new submission service accounts and for submitting proposals.
  21. We have redesigned the Open Call pages, to make things clearer. Many thanks The Defence and Security Accelerator Team
  22. Please note we are now aiming for Open Call Cycle 3 to be available from midday on Monday 02 July 2018. Many thanks The DASA team
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. First published.