The challenge from the Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism (OSCT) in the Home Office
, is to develop innovative solutions, new methods and /or technologies to protect vulnerable people from being drawn into terrorism. We work with key sectors and institutions where there are risks of radicalisation that we need to address. The Prevent strategy was changed in 2011 to deal with all forms of terrorism and with non-violent extremism, which can create an atmosphere conducive to terrorism and can popularise views which terrorists exploit.
Last summer the UK threat level for international terrorism was raised from ‘substantial' to 'severe' and, since then, we have seen ISIL inspired attacks across Europe. ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) is attempting to radicalise people in this and other countries. The vast majority of people want nothing to do with ISIL. But some can be misled by the propaganda and a few are being persuaded to join ISIL in Syria and Iraq. There have been recent tragic examples, including families and young women. Stopping radicalisation needs to be done with families and community organisations in partnership with government.
From 1 July of this year we have put Prevent on a statutory footing. The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 requires specified authorities in England, Scotland and Wales (listed in Schedule 6 of the Act, and including local government, the police, prisons, schools and HE/FE institutions) to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism. To address this challenge, the Innovation Fund for Prevent has been established with the aim of supporting the following types of activities:
Particularly innovative projects developing new methods and /or developing new technologies with a potential for replication nationally
Projects promoting understanding and learning, identification and dissemination of best practices
Pilot projects, including in sectors covered by the Prevent duty
We are particularly interested in proposals that respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat we face from those who promote it; protect vulnerable people from being drawn into terrorism; and work with sectors and institutions where there are risks of radicalisation that we need to address.
This call for proposals on behalf of the Home Office will open on 2 November 2015.
The call will close at noon on 2 December 2015.
We would welcome proposals costed up to £100,000 including VAT.
Application process & supporting downloads
This SBRI competition is run by Innovate UK on behalf of OSCT. All proposals must be submitted via the Innovate UK portal.
Open date: 2 November 2015
Close date: 2 December 2015
Registration deadline: 25 November 2015