• Status: Closed

  • Key features: This Defence Solutions Centre (DSC) Innovation Challenge seeks research proposals for innovative component technologies and techniques, which address the challenges associated with big data in defence.

  • Programme: SBRI

  • Award: Up to £2 million 

  • Opens: 17 Sep 2015, 00:00

  • Registration closes: No deadline

  • Closes: 11 Nov 2015, 17:00

  • Support phone number: 01235 438 445

Autonomy and big data for defence


Ministry of Defence logoThe Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) is operating this SBRI competition in association with UK Defence Solutions Centre (UKDSC), as part of the Defence Growth Partnership (DGP) Innovation Challenge.
MOD's Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) proves the value of novel, high-risk, high-potential-benefit research sourced from the broadest possible range of science and technology providers, including academia and small companies, to enable development of cost-effective capability advantage for UK Armed Forces and national security. 
This competition aims to address the challenges associated with big data in defence. We want proof-of-concept research proposals for innovative component technologies and techniques to acquire, process, visualise and analyse autonomous data. Proposals can relate to any military environment, in the air, on land or at sea.
Up to £2 million of funding is available for this Phase 1 competition, with a further £2 million for Phase 2.
The amount of data produced by systems and processes is rapidly increasing and becoming more difficult to manage. In a time when military manpower is limited, manual processing of data is too time consuming. The use of autonomous systems and processes to make sense of data to support decision making could increase efficiency and reduce the risk and cost of operations.
Big data is a data set that is too large and complex to manage and process with standard methods or tools. This could be due to high data volume, velocity or variety. These issues apply equally for defence and commercial data. Given the nature of the military decisions that have to be made, it's of extreme importance that we understand the quality of the data and the value each piece of data brings.   
The competition is based around four challenge areas:
  • Challenge 1: acquiring data for autonomous vehicles
  • Challenge 2: sourcing big data in difficult environments
  • Challenge 3:  validating sources of big data
  • Challenge 4: managing and visualising big data.
Proposals to this competition must demonstrate a defence benefit and should be capable of being integrated with existing systems to offer a comprehensive capability. Proposals can address one challenge or a number of challenges. We invite research proposals that draw from emerging ideas, across the widest range of market sectors.
This competition will be briefed at the CDE Innovation Network event on 21 October 2015 in London. You can register to attend now.
Further details and call documentation can be accessed via CDE's website
This competition closes on Wednesday 11th November 2015 at 5pm. Proposals must be submitted through the CDE online portal.

Application Process and supporting downloads

This competition is run by the Centre for Defence Enterprise. 
Open Date: 17 September 2015
Close Date: 11 November 2015
Contracts awarded: January 2016
Call: 01235 438 445