Defence and Security Accelerator: how to submit a proposal
- Defence and Security Accelerator and Defence Science and Technology Laboratory
- Part of:
- Defence and Security Accelerator: submit your research proposal, Armed forces and Ministry of Defence reform, Government funding programmes, and Scientific research and development
- First published:
- 8 December 2016
Guidance on how to submit a research proposal to the Defence and Security Accelerator.
The only way to submit a research proposal to the Defence and Security Accelerator is online.
The process is the same if you’re submitting a proposal to the enduring competition or a themed competition.
Select ‘Start now’ to set up your initial account. If you already have an account, you can skip this and go straight to the ‘Sign in’ page.
Even if you had an account with the previous online submission portal (before November 2015), you’ll need to set up a new account now. There are no longer multi-user accounts.
The dashboard is where registered users can review all their proposal submissions and track their progress. It’s also where you can create a new proposal.
Submit a new proposal
As you go through the sections below, you can complete a section, save it and return later. You can also review everything before you submit it to the Accelerator.
You’ll need to tell us which of our themed competitions you’re entering. The competitions are then divided into specific challenges where we’re looking for responses.
You’ll be asked to confirm you’ve read and accept the Defence and Security Accelerator terms and conditions.
We’ll then ask you to briefly summarise your proposal before going into much more detail about what you’re going to do. The information you give us here makes sure we get the right assessors to look at your proposal.
This is where you can write in detail about what you’re proposing to do, why we should fund it and how you’re going to do it.
There’s guidance at each part of this stage to help you give the information assessors are looking for. You’ll also be able to upload a selection of image files to illustrate your work and details of your project plan.
Finance and deliverables
This section’s designed so that you can divide the project up into a series of deliverables. You can ask for up to 6 staged payments assigned to some or all of the deliverables.
Please note that the final payment on successful completion of the project should be at least 20% of the total.
Review and submit
This last page is there to help you review your proposal before you submit. Once you submit the proposal, you can’t make any further changes.
How long should a proposal be?
We can’t give an exact word count, but for guidance, you should bear in mind that the assessor should be able to read, understand and assess your proposal within 1 hour.
After you submit a proposal
Once you submit a proposal, we’ll assign our expert assessors to look through it and decide if it’ll be funded.
We reserve the right to reject a proposal before assessment if the proposal doesn’t meet the minimum requirements, as described in the guidance in the online submission service, such as being too long, having an obvious lack of scientific evidence or not providing any clear, meaningful deliverables or is a resubmission with no obvious changes to the original proposal. This is to ensure the best use of public money for assessing Accelerator proposals.
Every proposal you submit will have a status showing whether it’s been submitted, it it’s being assessed and ultimately whether it’ll be funded or not.
As soon as a decision is made, you’ll see the proposal status change to ‘Fund’ or ‘No Fund’ in your dashboard.
If you’re successful, our commercial team will be in touch to get contracting started. If you aren’t successful this time, we’ll give you feedback to help you understand why. This process will normally take a matter of weeks but you can get the exact dates from the competition document.
After a fixed period of time, most of your submission will be deleted from our system. We do this to protect your intellectual property (IP). We must retain some information though.
Please don’t resubmit an idea that’s been unsuccessful in gaining Accelerator funding previously, unless we’ve specifically encouraged a resubmission in our feedback to you.
If you are resubmitting an idea, you need to make it clear where you’ve made changes to address the feedback provided.
If it’s not clear that you’ve made changes to address the feedback, we’ll reject the proposal before assessment. This is to ensure the best use of public money for assessing Accelerator proposals.
Defence and Security Accelerator
Telephone +44 (0)30 67704236
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Published: 8 December 2016
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