• Status: Closed

  • Key features: A collaborative SBRI competition from the MoD, SOCA and CAST to ensure future UK capability in countering terrorist network activity.

  • Programme: SBRI

  • Award: Various

  • Opens: 19 Mar 2013, 00:00

  • Registration closes: No deadline

  • Closes: 01 May 2013, 12:00

  • Support phone number: 0300 321 4357

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The Challenges of Countering Terrorist Networks


The effects of terrorism can have a significant impact on the UK. Identifying terrorist activity and understanding the associated network is key to countering any impact a network may exert. Science and technology (S&T) is a key part of ensuring our future UK capability in countering terrorist network activity.

Elements of these S&T requirements can be common across UK Government; therefore this is a collaborative SBRI competition from the Ministry of Defence (MoD), the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) and the Home Office Centre for Applied Science and Technology (CAST).

This SBRI Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) themed call presents the following challenges:

  1. Understanding networks – we need effective methods to explore the potentially large volume of data available from a variety of sources, across a range of data formats (e.g. audio, visual, text) to help identify the key activities and individuals that form any network.
  2. Identifying individuals – we are looking for novel techniques that uniquely identify an individual, be those biometric or repeatable behaviours (e.g. within the digital domain). Priorities in this area include reducing the size, weight and power requirements of current forensic technology, moving to near real-time processing and the potential of remote operation without reaching back to large databases.
  3. Translating information – we need to extract information from different sources which may be in a wide range of different languages. In particular, we need to be able to rapidly prioritise sources of information (audio, paper and electronic) to enable human interpreters to focus only on key information sources for full translation.

The competition will launch at a seminar to be held in Reading on Tuesday 19 March 2013.  Potential applicants are strongly recommended to attend the seminar, registration is necessary via http://www.science.mod.uk/events/event_detail.aspx?eventid=202

The call will close at 17.00 on Wednesday 1May 2013.

This competition will also be supported by a webinar on 26 March 2013, 1230-1330 UK time.

All proposals must be submitted via the CDE Portal.  

The brief will be available after the event on Tuesday 19 March 2013.