DASA is seeking ideas from any discipline that may underpin generation-after-next technology, concepts or approaches and could disrupt traditional technologies or ways of thinking.
The ideas sought for this competition may not fulfil any current Defence or Security requirement. The aim of this two phase competition is to identify new ideas and ways of doing things that are potentially disruptive to Defence or Security and then to further develop the understanding of the ideas and their future impact.
£50,000 is available under Phase 1 to advance TRL 1 – 2 ideas and assess how they might impact the future of defence or security. Projects must run for a maximum of 5 months, commencing April 2024.
Funded projects will be required to:
- take one or more novel very low TRL idea(s), as identified in the proposal, and further develop them to better understand the science behind them and their potential to form a disruptive technology in the future – this must be through some elements of experimentation, testing, modelling or simulation (literature studies alone will be considered to be non-compliant).
- develop concepts of how the idea might be deployed in the future – for example, could it only be used in particular circumstances or could it have impact across Defence and Security?
- describe the circumstances in which the idea might be disruptive and the potential impact on the future of Defence or Security
Project deliverables are a written report and a 20 minute briefing to be given in September 2024. Costs for attending the briefing should be included in the proposal budget.
DASA recognises that as an investigation of low TRL S&T there is a high risk of failure for projects under this program, and that eg, determining an idea is not valid, is an acceptable outcome.
Proposals are due 5 December 2023.
An information webinar will be held 31 October 2023. Register here.