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SBRI competition: Biosensing across wide areas

7 April 2020

Organisations can apply for a share of up to £700,000

The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) is looking for solutions to detect and locate deposited hazardous biological agents rapidly in the field for the benefit of defence and security operations.

This is a Phase 2 competition of a multi-phase theme. It is not compulsory to have been involved in Phase 1 to apply. You should however make yourself aware of the previous competition and the proposals they funded.

The focus of the Phase 2 continues to be on sensors and data processing/visualisation, not on hosting platforms (such as remotely controlled or unmanned systems) or the integration of existing sensors upon platforms.

Technologies that can detect the hazard at a lower confidence level (such as by, for example, location of potential biological hazards) and then cue deployment of a high-confidence sensor (such as for identification, where a sensor can determine the identity of a biological hazard by name, such as bacterial species level) will also be considered.

Proposals will need to deliver a higher level of maturity than achieved in Phase 1. DASA expects the starting Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of the innovation to be TRL 3. By the end of the project, they expect the innovation to be sufficiently developed to achieve approximately TRL 4 – 5.

£700,000 is available to fund Phase 2, which closes for submissions on midday, Monday 1 June 2020.

Find out more about this competition and apply.

First published 7 April 2020