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DASA Open Call for Innovation
The Government’s Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) exists to find and exploit innovations which support the defence and security of the UK faster and more effectively, and to generate economic value for the UK.
We want to hear your innovative ideas on how we can improve security. That could be a concept, product or service, at any stage of development. We can provide funding or other support to develop your idea.
Security proposals will continue to be received. Security innovations are viewed as any proposal that is targeted at preventing terrorism, disrupting serious and organised crime, or ensuring a safe and secure travel system.
DASA’s Open Call for Innovation has a budget of up to £4.5 million in the financial year 2017/18.
Once your idea has been submitted via the online submission service link
Your proposal is assessed by qualified assessors across government, including security departments and agencies. They provide expert views and score your idea against several criteria, recommending whether we think the idea can be exploited and would provide real benefits to defence and/or security.
At a decision conference, we decide whether or not to provide fund your proposal. We could offer other kinds of support such as technical support, or introduce you to end-users who may be able to help develop the idea further.
You’ll receive an answer within a few weeks, and if you’re funded the contracts are placed rapidly.
Your intellectual property is protected throughout the process, as your proposal remains within the secure submission service. Government do not take any equity or IP.
To find out more information, you can:
Read more about the DASA terms and conditions
Sign up for a DASA event to discuss your proposal.
Contact us for advice.
The Open Call for Innovation has regular assessment cycles. A list of the closing dates for 2017/2018 is below. Proposals must be received by the Accelerator Submission Service by 12 noon on the closing date shown. You will hear your result shortly after the decision date.
Due to a large volume of proposals, we will now be planning to announce our decision on Tuesday 10 October 2017 for cycles 5 and 6, previously due on the 05 October 2017.
|Call cycle closes @12 noon||Decision date||Feedback released|
|05 April 2017||04 May 2017||25 May 2017|
|25 April 2017||01 June 2017||22 June 2017|
|23 May 2017||29 June 2017||20 July 2017|
|20 June 2017||27 July 2017||17 August 2017|
|25 July 2017||10 October 2017||27 October 2017|
|29 August 2017||10 October 2017||27 October 2017|
|26 September 2017||02 November 2017||23 November 2017|
Your bidder dashboard will confirm the decision date against your proposal once you submit. It will show the decision made on the working day after the date in the table above.
If you’re not successful, we’ll give you written feedback by the date shown in the table above (for the cycle your proposal was included in) to help you understand why. You’ll be able to access your feedback from your bidder dashboard.
If you’re successful, our commercial team will be in touch to get contracting started shortly after the decision date on your dashboard.