The Technology Strategy Board (TSB) and The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) are to invest up to £3m in the development of innovative sensing for asset protection. This competition will be funded through the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI). Under SBRI, developments are 100% funded and focus on specific identified needs, increasing the chance of exploitation. Suppliers for each project will be selected by an open competition. Find out more information about SBRI
The competition will run in two phases. We have allocated up to £1m for phase 1 of this competition. Projects can last up to six months and successful applications will attract a 100%-funded development contract. Development contracts in phase 1 will be up to a maximum of £80,000.
In phase 1, companies will take sensing and sensor management technologies that are potentially useful in the described security scenario and de-risk them for incorporation into modules in an overall system demonstrator.
This de-risking will take the form of R&D to provide validation of the technology in a laboratory or field environment. This will require the phase 1 projects to show that the technology will be able to perform to the required level needed to address the security scenario. It will also require them to address the technical challenges that will enable the sensor, power management, data processing and autonomous decision making components to be combined to provide the autonomous sensor module.
Phase 2 contracts will be awarded to the most promising solutions in phase 1. Phase 2 projects will run from June 2014 to September 2015. Up to £2 million will be allocated to phase 2. Projects selected for phase 2 will need to deliver autonomous sensor modules that can be integrated by a Lead Systems Integrator into an overall demonstrator system.
Phase 1 of this SBRI competition opens on 29 April 2013. The deadline for registration is noon on 19 June 2013 and the deadline for submitting applications is noon on 26 June 2013. Applicants will be informed of the decision by 12 August 2013.
NB: All deadlines are at noon.