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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 defence and 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.
Since its launch, the DASA has assessed nearly 700 proposals from almost 400 organisations and has successfully awarded its defence portion of the Open Call for Innovation (Open Call) budget for this year.
Subsequently the Open Call has been paused for new low TRL Defence-related proposals.
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. Examples of particular Security themes can include:
- reducing the vulnerability of the transport network, Future Aviation Security Solutions (FASS) in particular seeks proposals for novel research to prevent threats being taken on aircraft
- protecting our borders, critical national infrastructure, and crowded places
- strengthening the capabilities of law enforcement agencies and security services, emergency services, and the private sector
Security innovation areas can include screening and detection technologies for contraband and threat items, physical protective security methods, and advances in cyber security and digital forensics – but innovations are not limited to these areas and proposals related to any aspects of Security would be welcomed.
Your proposal is assessed by qualified assessors in several Government organisations including Dstl, the Centre for Applied Science and Technology (CAST), security services and military commands. 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 the 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 (IP) 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 by email email@example.com 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.
|Call cycle closes @12 noon||Decision date||Feedback released|
|25 July 2017||10 October 2017||27 October 2017|
|29 August 2017||10 October 2017||27 October 2017|
|26 September||30 November 2017||21 December 2017|
|24 October 2017||30 November 2017||21 December 2017|
|21 November 2017||8 February 2018||23 February 2018|
|22 December 2017||8 February 2018||23 February 2018|
|6 February 2018||15 March 2018||6 April 2018|
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.