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1. Dates and deadlines
|Competition opens||Tuesday 30 August 2016|
|Deadline for registering for Project Innovation Fund briefing day||Friday 9 September 2016|
|Project Innovation Fund briefing day||Tuesday 13 September 2016|
|Registration deadline||Noon Wednesday 5 October 2016|
|Application deadline||Noon Wednesday 12 October 2016|
2. Competition scope
In support of HM Government’s Prevent Strategy, the aim of this competition is to find innovative ways to prevent vulnerable people from becoming radicalised to support or carry out terrorism. This is part of HM Government’s Prevent Strategy.
2.1 Eligible activities
Projects must focus explicitly on one or more of the objectives below in line with the Prevent Strategy.
- increasing the understanding of and reducing the risk of radicalisation within a particular sector (for example, health sector)
- increasing the understanding of and reducing the risk of radicalisation within a particular demographic (such as young people)
- delivering new and innovative ways of working to deliver Prevent objectives
- working with vulnerable individuals or groups through outreach projects
- helping project participants to develop the judgement skills to challenge others’ views confidently
- addressing terrorist use of the internet, including by:
- improving understanding of the manifestation, dissemination and impact of terrorist content online
- building an evidence base to show how radicalising networks form online, and how they can be disrupted
- raising awareness of terrorist propaganda online, and promoting digital resilience by equipping individuals with the skills to protect themselves and others
- developing technical solutions to protect those in important sectors, such as education and health, from terrorist content online
Evaluation will be provided and delivered centrally by the Home Office.
3. Projects that we won’t fund
- projects by statutory partners, unless in conjunction with civil society
- projects delivering training products
4. Find out if you are eligible to apply
To lead a project you must:
- be an organisation of any size
- work alone or in collaboration with others (statutory bodies, charities and third sector)
Non-commercial organisations must demonstrate a route to market for their project outputs.
The competition is open to applicants in sectors including:
- civil society, community and voluntary groups
- out-of-school settings that support children
- businesses, including small and medium-sized enterprises
- registered charities
Single or multiple local authorities can submit proposals, as long as funding is not used for staff remuneration. These must be in partnership with organisations in any of the eligible sectors listed above.
5. Funding and project details
The Home Office has allocated up to £1.5 million to fund innovation projects in this competition.
All proposals must involve an organisation that leads the project.
We will evaluate proposals for value for money.
Applicants must agree to undertake the British Values test. Offers of funding are subject to due diligence checks conducted by the Home Office and its partners. This is to ensure the proper use of funds.
We expect projects to be completed by the end of the financial year 2016/17. We expect them to range in size from total costs of £10,000 to £100,000, depending on the type of project. The Home Office will provide funding for evaluation separate to this. Please do not include evaluation costs in your bid.
6. How to apply
Applicants must register and then submit an application form.
We will assess proposals against the following criteria:
- what is innovative about the project and how intellectual property is handled
- project plan and methodology, with a set timeframe and risk mitigation
- skills, experience and capacity to complete the project
- evidence that the project provides value for money
- register online
- register to attend the briefing event for potential applicants in London on 13 September 2016 by emailing PIF2Applications@homeoffice.x.gsi.gov.uk
- read the Guidance for Applicants (document ref: SBRI_HO_333_003 available from the secure site once you register)
- complete and upload your full application form on our secure server
We will not accept late submissions. Your application is confidential.
Read the general Guidance for Applicants carefully before you apply. It will help your chances of submitting a quality application.
7. Background and further information
The Home Office’s OSCT works to counter the threat from terrorism. The Prevent Strategy is part of the OSCT’s and the Government’s counter-terrorism strategy, CONTEST
The aim of the Prevent Strategy is to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.
The strategy’s objectives are to:
- respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat from those who promote it
- prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure that they are given appropriate advice and support
- work with sectors and institutions where there are risks of radicalisation that we need to address
The Prevent Strategy aims to deal with terrorist threats to the UK, the most significant currently from Daesh. Terrorists associated with the extreme right also pose a continued threat to our safety and security.
The Home Office made the Prevent Duty statutory in 2015. In 2015 the Home Office supported 130 community-based projects that aimed to increase participants’ resilience to terrorist and extremist ideologies. These projects reached more than 25,300 people in Prevent priority areas.
7.1 About SBRI competitions
SBRI provides innovative solutions to challenges faced by the public sector. This can lead to better public services and improved efficiency and effectiveness. SBRI supports economic growth and enables the development of innovative products and services. It does this through the public procurement of research and development (R&D). SBRI generates new business opportunities for companies and provides a route to market for their ideas. It also bridges the seed funding gap experienced by many early-stage companies.
Applications must have at least 50% of the contract value attributed directly and exclusively for R&D services. R&D can cover solution exploration and design. It can also include prototyping and field-testing the product or service. R&D does not include:
- commercial development activities such as quantity production
- supply to establish commercial viability or to recover R&D costs
- integration, customisation or incremental adaptations and improvements to existing products or processes
7.2 Further help and information
Directions on how to enter this competition can be found in the Invitation to Tender document (ref: SBRI_HO_333_001 available from the secure site once you register).
If you need more information, contact the competition helpline on 0300 321 4357 or email us at email@example.com.