• Status: Closed

  • Key features: This CDE themed competition seeks an innovative way to detect toxic chemicals in vapour and/or aerosol form.

  • Programme: SBRI

  • Award: Up to £500k

  • Opens: 22 Jul 2014, 12:00

  • Registration closes: No deadline

  • Closes: 11 Sep 2014, 12:00

  • Support phone number: 0300 321 4357

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Detection of airborne chemical hazards

Summary

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£500,000 of MOD funding is available for this Phase1 competition.

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 CDE themed competition seeks an innovative way to detect toxic chemicals in vapour and/or aerosol form. In particular, capability in one or more of the following areas is required:
  • high selectivity, ideally providing molecular classification or identification
  • high sensitivity
  • the potential to detect a broad range of threat materials on a platform that is easily and rapidly programmable.
 
Detection methods that will be deployed in the immediate vicinity of a hazard will be considered, as will those at stand-off distances.
 
The Ministry of Defence has a longer-term aspiration that the following criteria will be met:
  • fast response
  • low size
  • low weight
  • low consumable burden
  • wide dynamic range
  • low false-alarm rates.
 
Proposals should describe how these aspects will be addressed in future stages of development.
 

Application Process and supporting downloads

The competition document: Detection of airborne chemical hazards is available now, and a briefing will be held at the CDE Innovation Network event on Tuesday 22 July 2014 in London.
 
Proposals must be submitted through the CDE portal by 5pm on Thursday 11 September 2014.
 
This competition is run by the Centre for Defence Enterprise. 
 
Open Date: 22 July 2014
Close Date: 11 September 2014
 
 
e-mail: cde@dstl.gov.uk or call 01235 438 445 for more details.