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Funding for novel technologies to counter homemade bombs

12 March 2020

Up to £1.5 million will be available through the 'Invisible Shield' competition

The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) is launching a competition to rapidly develop novel technology and techniques to boost the UK's counter homemade bomb capability.

'Invisible Shield' competition seeks innovative proposals to thwart adversaries, terrorists and criminals from using everyday communications items such as radios or mobile phones and networks to trigger homemade bombs and explosives.

This Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition, run on behalf of the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) and Strategic Command, is particularly looking at:

  • novel spectrum survey techniques to capture and analyse radio frequency signals
  • techniques to quickly and effectively neutralise target devices
  • new and novel hardware and system components

The competition is expected to have at least £1.5 million available in funding for Phase 1 with funding anticipated for further development in Phase 2. DASA expects to fund up to 10 proposals during Phase 1. Find a summary of the competition and requirements here.

The competition will formally launch in April 2020 when full details and requirements will be released. Find the competition summary and key information.

DASA and Dstl will be hosting a launch event in London on 29 April 2020 where potential bidders can hear more about the competition, have 1-to-1 sessions with the project team and meet with other potential bidders with the view of partnering.

Register to attend the Invisible Shield launch event.