Across the UK last year, more than 500,000 crime scenes were examined for the recovery of forensic related material, principally, fingerprints and biological material. The challenge facing CAST is how to achieve step-change improvements to forensic processes used in crime investigation in the UK in order to increase the amount of material identified, reduce the time taken to process evidence, manage contamination and lessen disruptive interventions.
The call for proposals at Phase 1 will therefore focus on proof of concepts for technologies and processes which aid the rapid location and recovery of forensic material at crime scenes.
The key requirement is to have the capability to quickly screen scenes or articles for the presence of fingerprints or other biological material that can be used in evidence. This may be achieved by a single technology which can locate both fingerprints and biological material, or separate technologies that can be deployed by investigators at a scene.
The competition will open on Wednesday, 10 September, 2014 and close at midday on Wednesday, 29 October 2014.
This SBRI competition is run by the Technology Strategy Board. All proposals must be submitted via the Technology Strategy Board competitions portal. A brief outlining the challenge will be available along with other documentation on the launch date.
Open date: 10 September 2014
Registration closes: 22 October 2014
Close date: 29 October 2014
Contracts awarded: TBC