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In this category, we are encouraging the submission of proposals across a wide range of technology areas with the aim of finding new and novel opportunities for these to be exploited across Defence and/or Security.
Emerging innovations are viewed as those which will deliver a proof of concept at around Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 3 or 4, which in outline means delivering a proof of concept, with component and/or sub-system validation in laboratory-style environment by the end of your proposed work. Projects are expected to start at TRL 2 or 3, which means the basic concept as has been formulated and the underpinning technological principles observed at the outset. Projects which deliver successfully in this category may be candidates for follow-on funding in the Rapid Impact Innovation category, although other funding opportunities may be available.
Defence proposals are sought for projects lasting between 3 and 9 months and costing between £30,000 and £90,000. A total of £3 million is available from the Ministry of Defence research programme to fund these ideas.
For Security proposals, no maximum time period or funding limit is specified, and all proposals will be considered. However, as a guide, it is expected that the majority of successful Security projects will cost less than £150,000 and last between 3 and 12 months.