Innovation funding for security screening technology

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£2.8m innovation funding to boost detection of explosives, weapons and illicit drugs

The Defence and Security Accelerator is launching a £2.8 million competition to find state of the art and technological solutions for the improved detection of explosives, weapons and illicit drugs.

The Innovative Research Call 2020 for Explosives and Weapons Detection is a cross-governmental programme that seeks proposals from industry and academia for the screening of:

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

The competition takes place in two phases. Up to £1 million is available in Phase 1 with proposal bids in the region of £70,000 for six months to develop proof of concept. Proposals of a higher value will be considered if appropriately justified.

Proposals of higher technical readiness that do not require Phase 1 funding will still need to submit their proposals in Phase 1 in anticipation of Phase 2 funding.

Up to £1.8 million will be available for proposals in Phase 2. Projects will need to develop and evaluate their prototypes or demonstrators by the end of September 2023.

FInd out more about the competition, full technical requirements, examples of use cases and how to apply.

The deadline for Phase 1 proposal submissions is 12pm on 28 September 2020.

First published 21 August 2020