• Status: Closed

  • Key features: The purpose of this call for research proposals is to identify innovative technologies or approaches to meet the security challenges created by the Internet of Things.

  • Programme: SBRI

  • Award: Up to £2 million

  • Opens: 10 Sep 2015, 00:00

  • Registration closes: No deadline

  • Closes: 29 Oct 2015, 17:00

  • Support phone number: 01235 438 445

Security for the Internet of Things


This themed competition is being run by the Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) on behalf of the UK Intelligence Agencies: The Security Service (MI5), Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) and the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) (MI6).

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Up to £1 million is available for phase 1 of this competition. A number of projects of around £60,000 to £90,000 for a duration of around 3 months are expected to be funded.
Up to a further £1 million will be made available for phase 2. Funding will be considered on a per-project basis.
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The internet of things, as a network of multiple connected sensors capable of communicating with their environment, creates security challenges. This competition is looking for research proposals to identify innovative technologies or approaches to meet these challenges.

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We live in a ‘sensor-rich' environment. These sensors connect in ad-hoc, local and mesh networks, operate using different protocols and standards, and use encryption to protect communications. Through this competition we want to know:
  • how can we pull together and visualise data on subjects of interest from a diverse, sensor-rich, loosely connected environment that operates across different protocols and across standards? 
  • how can we show how sure we are of a hypothesis that 2 events/users/devices are connected, based on the data gathered?
This competition will be briefed at the CDE Innovation Network event on 1 October 2015 in London and also at a webinar on 8 October 2015.
The competition will be open from 10 September 2015 and closes on 29 October 2015 at 5pm.

Application Process and supporting downloads

This SBRI competition is run by the Centre for Defence Enterprise. All proposals must be submitted via the CDE portal 
Open Date: 10th September 2015
Close Date: 29TH October 2015
Call: 01235 438 445