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 submission service. To access DASA’s services and apply for funding, you must have an account. We recommend you use a Google Chrome browser when accessing the Enterprise Collaboration Service.

For more information on the Open Call and how to apply for funding, please read the Competition Document: Open Call for Innovation above.

For more information on the Open Call innovation focus areas, please read the Open Call Innovation Focus Areas document above.

Published 21 May 2018
Last updated 28 October 2020 + show all updates
  1. - Details of IFA025 - Quantum Augmented Position, Navigation and Timing Sensing Capability added to Innovation Focus Area webpage. - ESL and SWaP Matrix tool added

  2. IFA023 wording updated

  3. Closing date for IFA018 added. IFA013 Text removed. FY19/20 Open Call Cycle dates removed.

  4. IFA013 now shows 1st October close date

  5. Five new innovation focus areas added to the Open Call for Innovation

  6. aviation security innovation focus areas closing 28 May

  7. Open Call for Innovation - COVID-19 Fast Track now added

  8. Removal of Regenerative Medicine IFA. Edits to Bank of England IFA wording. Edit to rapid sanitising technology IFA wording

  9. additional links and information added to IFA019 COVID-19: Rapid Sanitising Technology to help prospective bidders including timescales and current decontamination guidance

  10. New Innovation Focus Area: COVID-19: Rapid Sanitising Technology - closing 1st April

  11. Additional Open Call cycle dates added for 2020/2021

  12. regenerative Medicine IFA closing date added.

  13. new innovation focus areas - Reduced-Burden Area Biosurveillance, Detecting firearms and ammunition through scent, Next generation aviation security

  14. Removed IFA001, IFA003, IFA014 and IFA015

  15. Added a close date to IFA014 and IFA015 - midday on 30 January 2020

  16. Removed IFA008 and added close dates to IFA001 and IFA003

  17. Removal of 2018/2019 dates, addition of cycle 6 dates and amendment to feedback release dates. Note added to IFA008 - removal of IFA due on 12 Dec 19

  18. New innovation focus area added - IFA013 Innovative security features for bank notes

  19. IFA data added and TRL altered.

  20. IFA011 - advancing less lethal weapons innovation focus area added

  21. New IFAs published and removal date added (2 October 2019) to IFA002 and IFA009

  22. Due to technical issues the decision and feedback dates have been changed for Cycle 1

  23. Addition of new Innovation Focus Area for regenerative medicine - funding available.

  24. Addition of new Innovation Focus Area - Delivering an open data sharing solution - Funding available

  25. update on Innovation Outline, and removal of Outline Proposals

  26. New IFA - Developing novel radar concepts and technology

  27. 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.

  28. Amalgamation of emerging innovation requirements for security and defence in to 'overall requirement' section.

  29. Removal of the Defence Innovation Focus Areas

  30. Change to cycle 6 closing date.

  31. Open Call dates for year 2019 - 2020 added

  32. Added two new innovation areas for defence.

  33. Open Call Cycle 3 will now close on 4 September 2018.

  34. Please note we have an updated message regarding proposals on our old submissions service, which will closing on the 31 August 2018.

  35. We have added a new document to publicise innovation focus areas of interest to some of our defence and security customers.

  36. We have updated the decision release and feedback release dates for some of our DASA Open Call cycles.

  37. We recommend bidders use a Google Chrome browser for setting up their new submission service accounts and for submitting proposals.

  38. We have redesigned the Open Call pages, to make things clearer. Many thanks The Defence and Security Accelerator Team

  39. 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

  40. 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.

  41. 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.

  42. First published.