• Status: Closed

  • Key features: An SBRI competition run by NERC and Dstl, with the Technology Strategy Board, with funding of £1.45m to develop new technology solutions for coordinating a suite of marine autonomous systems (MAS) enabling tracking of dynamic features.

  • Programme: SBRI

  • Award: Up to £1.45m

  • Opens: 02 Sep 2014, 10:15

  • Registration closes: No deadline

  • Closes: 31 Oct 2014, 12:00

  • Support phone number: 0300 321 4357

Adaptive Autonomous Ocean Sampling Networks (AAOSN)

Summary

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The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), with the Technology Strategy Board, are running an SBRI competition with funding of £1.45m to develop new technology solutions for coordinating a suite of marine autonomous systems (MAS) enabling tracking of dynamic features.
 

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Strategic plans of both of these organisations call for new capabilities in marine robotics, for environmental research and for defence and security respectively.
 
Recognising their common interests, and the potential for dual-use technology to enable tracking and sampling of dynamic features in the marine environment, the NERC and Dstl, together with the Technology Strategy Board, are seeking innovative solutions from industry.
 
Full details of the background, the challenges to be faced, and the scope of this competition are set out in the competition brief available at www.noc.ac.uk/sbri.
 
The competition will run in two phases:
  • Phase 1 will open on 2 September 2014 for feasibility studies, with contracts to be awarded, for those selected, in mid December 2014 and completed by 31 March 2015.
This call will fund up to five Phase 1 studies for a maximum of three months, up to a cost - including VAT - of £50,000 
each.
 
After reviewing the outcomes of the Phase 1 studies, selected participants will be invited to apply for Phase 2 for the development of prototypes, which would be capable of undertaking demonstration missions at sea.
 
  • It is expected that phase 2 will be in the region of £1.2m and available for up to two selected projects for a maximum of 12 months.  
 

Briefing session

A briefing session will be held for all applicants to provide the opportunity to discuss the requirements of the brief with NOC. It is planned that this will take place on Tuesday, 2 September 2014
 
Please register your details by Friday, 22 August 2014 emailing sbri-noc@noc.ac.uk, in order to receive updated information prior to the session.
 

How to apply

All bids should be made using the Application Form; instructions on how to access this document and other competition material are available at noc.ac.uk/sbri.
 
 

Key information

 
More information on other competitions may be found at https://www.innovateuk.org/funding-competitions.