SBRI funding competition: IRC 2016 for explosives & weapons detection

Organisations can apply for a share of £3 million for innovative research projects in explosives and weapons detection.

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The Innovative Research Call (IRC) 2016 for Explosives and Weapons Detection will fund up to £3 million in innovative research projects for explosives and weapons detection.

IRC 2016 is the fourth iteration of this successful cross-government research call. It aims to identify innovation in all aspects of explosives and weapons detection. Projects can either develop original ideas or adapt successful technologies, techniques or processes from other fields.

The competition is looking for proposals in the following challenge areas:

  • buildings and areas
  • goods
  • people and/or their possessions
  • vehicles

This is a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition run in partnership with Innovate UK.

The government partners for this competition are:

This competition has 2 phases. Up to £1 million is allocated for Phase 1, and up to £2 million for Phase 2.

  • phase 1: proof of concept. Projects should last up to 6 months. Projects can range in size from total costs of zero to around £60,000
  • phase 2: development contracts. Projects should last up to 2 years

The competition opens on 12 September 2016.

You must register before noon on 12 October 2016.

You must apply before noon on 19 October 2016.

Access the presentation slides of the briefing event which was held on Tuesday 27 September 2016 when you click on ‘register and apply’ below.

Registration has now closed.

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Published 30 August 2016
Last updated 7 October 2016 + show all updates
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