• Status: Closed

  • Key features: This competition is seeking research proposals in a set of specific areas relating to technologies that are potentially applicable to enhancing the development and operation of future autonomous systems.

  • Programme: SBRI

  • Award: Up to £2.4m

  • Opens: 26 Aug 2014, 00:00

  • Registration closes: No deadline

  • Closes: 13 Oct 2014, 12:00

  • Support phone number: 0300 321 4357

Autonomous Systems Underpinning Research - ASUR 2014

Summary

Up to £2.4m of funding is available for this competition.
 
Ministry of Defence logoThe overall goal of the Autonomous Systems Underpinning Research (ASUR) programme is to provide the underpinning research that will support the development of intelligent, autonomous system technologies, and particularly UAS that will enable the UK Armed Forces to successfully meet the operational challenges that they will encounter over the next decade and beyond. This requires a strategic, cross cutting and forward looking effort involving the Ministry of Defence (MoD), academia, Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) and large industry to establish and maintain an indigenous leading edge UK capability and presence in intelligent autonomous systems. 
 
The ASUR 2014 programme is seeking proposals in a set of specific areas relating to technologies that are potentially applicable to enhancing the development and operation of future autonomous systems. The challenges that ASUR 2014 wishes to address in this call are: 
  • Challenge 1: Unmanned sensor multi-layer control, optimisation and exploitation
  • Challenge 2: Enabling in-building operations
  • Challenge 3: Urban overwatch
  • Challenge 4: Understanding decision making in autonomous systems
  • Challenge 5: Mission viability
  • Challenge 6: Verification, Validation and Accreditation of Autonomous Systems
 
This call is primarily geared towards funding Phase I proof-of-concept projects, however Phase 2 proposals will also be considered. See further details and background in the call documentation
 
The call opens on Tuesday, 26 August 2014 with a closing date for submission of proposals of 12 noon on Monday, 13 October 2014
 

Application process

The ASUR Programme is managed on behalf of Dstl by BAE Systems, who provide the Programme Manager and the Contracting Office. The programme is guided by an experienced consortium which actively engages with the UK's leading innovation providers.
 
The consortium consists of BAE Systems, Selex ES, Thales, Rolls Royce, MBDA, Roke Manor and QinetiQ. Technical excellence is assured by an Independent Technical Director and Dstl Technical Lead.
 

Key dates

  • Opens: 26 August 2014
  • Closes: 13 October 2014
  • Contracts awarded: TBC
     

Further information