• Status: Closed

  • Key features: This call for proposals is seeking to achieve a step-change in crime investigation in the UK, through the application of novel techniques for gathering forensic evidence.

  • Programme: SBRI

  • Award: Up to £250k

  • Opens: 10 Sep 2014, 00:00

  • Registration closes: 22 Oct 2014, 12:00

  • Closes: 29 Oct 2014, 12:00

  • Support phone number: 0300 321 4357

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Funding will be provided by the Home Office's Centre for Applied Science and Technology (CAST). CAST exists to protect the public using science and technology by providing high quality, impartial advice, innovative solutions and frontline support to the Home Office and its partners, including the Police. 
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.
Register for the briefing event on Wednesday, 10 September in London.

Application process

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. 

Supporting documents

Key dates

  • Open date: 10 September 2014
  • Registration closes: 22 October 2014
  • Close date: 29 October 2014
  • Contracts awarded: TBC