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Proposals in this category are encouraged for projects which have a realistic prospect of achieving an impact within a 3 year time frame from the commencement of the project.
In this category, there is an expectation that proposals will be funded only if there is a strong customer pull and capability need for the idea. Accordingly, additional effort will be required by suppliers to ensure there is positive user interest in the idea before submitting a proposal.
To assist with this, suppliers can discuss their ideas with a DASA Innovation Partner. The Innovation Partners are an important part of the DASA supplier outreach team, and they can offer advice and help to broker introductions with customers and government stakeholders from across defence and security. In particular, if you need access to customer support and resources to deliver your project, an initial discussion with an Innovation Partner is recommended. If you wish to speak with an Innovation Partner, please contact us on email@example.com.
For Defence proposals, project funding requests of no more than £250,000 would be welcomed, although lower cost proposals will be viewed favourably. Further, for Defence proposals to achieve an impact for defence within 3 years, your project is expected to output a trial or pilot of the capability at a limited scale in the hands of end users, and in the context or environment in which it is expected that they would use the solution. To be successful it will also have to provide evidence of how other MOD business and capability requirements, such as the Defence Lines of Development (DLOD), can be satisfied.
The assessment and decision making process for Defence proposals will include a pitch panel, where down-selected companies will be asked to pitch their idea to a senior panel before a final decision is made.
For security-related innovations, no 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. Funding is available from a variety of security departments across government, and proposals at Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 4 and above are encouraged.
If you wish to submit a defence or security bid in this category, please add the words ‘Rapid Impact Innovations’ at the beginning of your proposal title.