Open Call Innovation Focus Areas

Updated 11 June 2024

1. What are Innovation Focus Areas?

Whilst the Open Call welcomes a wide range of innovative ideas to solve defence and security problems, DASA is keen to share insight on specific topics of interest and seek proposals to address more specific enduring challenges faced by our defence and security customers; we call these Innovation Focus Areas (IFAs). Our IFAs are often broad in scope and will always be open for a minimum of two Open Call cycles.

Each IFA has a unique identifier allocated to it. Solutions proposed to address any innovation focus area should be submitted under the Open Call Innovation Focus Areas section of the submission service, selecting the relevant unique identifier. We use this unique identifier to help us ensure that your innovation is seen by the appropriate parts of Government so it is important this is correctly selected. You should also use the unique identifier in all communications with DASA regarding the IFA.

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2. Current Innovation Focus Areas

The following IFAs are either open for submission or have been temporarily paused; please note that if DASA has paused an IFA it means there is currently an expectation that it may become available again in the future. We will indicate when it is estimated the IFA will become available again for submission in the body of the text.

Please only select one IFA per submission; if your idea can potentially address more than one IFA please submit separate proposals ensuring you detail how your idea addresses the specific requirements of each IFA.

2.1 IFA042 – Unlocking the true potential of Test and Evaluation for Defence

Unique Identifier: IFA042

This IFA is part of a wider MOD T&E Transformation Programme Fund that was launched for MOD submission in 2023. This fund asked MOD  to propose ideas that explore, and adopt new ways of thinking about, conducting and exploiting T&E.

To find out more about this IFA please follow this link

This IFA is open for FY24/25 Cycle 1 and will be open for submissions until at least the close of FY24/25 Cycle 2.

2.2 IFA035 - Making Science Fiction a Reality: Future Directed Energy Weapons

Unique Identifier: IFA035

This IFA is seeking proposals which present ideas to contribute to the first generation of deployed Directed Energy Weapons. We are interested in novel ideas to enhance the performance and/or reduce the size, mass and volume of system and sub system areas associated with laser and Radio Frequency Directed Energy Weapons.

To find out more about this IFA please follow this link.

This IFA is currently paused until further notice. It is not currently open for submissions.

3. What should be included in your proposal?

You should consider the challenges of the IFA when completing your proposal and detail how your innovation will address those challenges whilst also ensuring you address the following requirements:

4. Past Innovation Focus Areas

Details of past Innovation Focus Areas are listed here.