CDE: intellectual property

This guidance explains how your intellectual property (IP) is protected when you submit a proposal to the Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE).

This guidance was withdrawn on

The Centre for Defence Enterprise has been replaced by the Defence and Security Accelerator

The only way to submit a research proposal to CDE is online.

CDE is required to protect all third-party IP. We use a number of safeguards to protect your IP while also allowing proper scrutiny of your proposals by our expert assessors and appropriate transparency of how public money is being spent.

After a fixed period of time (usually around 6 months after the competition has completed), most of your submission will be deleted from our system. We do this to protect your IP.

We don’t use information received from external organisations other than for the purpose for which it’s provided to CDE.

Any information you provide to us as part of a CDE proposal that’s not already available from other sources will be handled in confidence. It won’t be used or disclosed for other purposes without having the right or getting permission to do so. Submitting a proposal to CDE won’t jeopardise a potential patent application as it’s submitted in confidence.

Information we keep

We must keep indefinitely the following information on your proposal:

  • title
  • summary
  • total price
  • technology area(s)
  • (if applicable) previous submission reference number
  • organisation

Information that can be made public

For those projects we fund, we’ll also release to the public:

  • title
  • total price
  • names of deliverables
  • organisation

Digital watermarks

We make sure all proposals through our online submission service get a digital watermark. The watermark names the person who’s logged in to view the proposal and shows the proposal reference number.

Centre for Defence Enterprise

Building R103
Fermi Avenue
Harwell Oxford
OX11 0QX


Telephone +44 (0)30 67704236

Alternative number +44 (0)30 67704237

Please email for the quickest response.

Published 12 November 2015