Competition: Behavioural Analytics Phase 2
DASA is looking for scientific and technological solutions that can provide context-specific insights into the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of individual, group and population behaviour, enabling predictions about how they are likely to act in the future. At this stage we are looking for theoretical and technological developments, beyond proof of concept, to result in working models, tools and techniques.
Phase 1 of the competition was launched in October 2018 following the publication of the MOD Joint Concept Note 2/18 on Information Advantage which identified Behavioural Analytics as “an emerging analytical capability that will deliver a significant capability advantage for defence and security”.
Phase 1 sought to find and fund novel and innovative ideas at low levels of maturity and provide funding to develop these ideas to proof of concept. £2.4 million of research funding was awarded to 29 suppliers.
Now at Phase 2, this competition has £2 million available to fund multiple proposals to further increase the maturity of innovations in this area. It is not compulsory to have been involved in the previous phase to apply, however, you should make yourself aware of the previous competition and the proposals which were funded. It is expected that work for this phase will reach higher maturity than work funded in Phase 1, reaching a minimum of Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 5-6 by completion.
The total funding available for Phase 2 of this competition is £2M (ex VAT), but individual proposals cannot exceed £250K (ex VAT). If successful, contracts will be awarded for a maximum duration of 12 months. Contracts will be awarded to start in October 2020 and finish no later than October 2021. Funding will be provided over two financial years, and will be divided equally with an upper limit of £125K FY20-21 and FY21-22. The total upper funding limit per proposal is £250K.
Following the progress of Phase 1, Phase 2 seeks to fund further development from proof of concept research into demonstrations that can show the art of the possible against challenges faced by defence and security practitioners.
We are looking for theoretical and technological developments, beyond proof of concept, to result in working models, tools and techniques that can be verified and validated against data sets with relevance to the defence and security operating environment.
In Phase 2 there are two challenge areas. These challenges will provide solutions to reliably understand and forecast attitudes and behaviours of individuals, groups and populations. It is important to note that these should not be viewed as rigid, singular challenges – they are not mutually exclusive. Your proposal must meet at least one of the challenges, but we welcome bids that address both where appropriate.
Challenge 1: How can we harness and analyse new sources of data to reliably understand and forecast behaviour in a defence and security context?
Challenge 2: How can we help practitioners to understand and use insights from behavioural analytics in a defence and security context?
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If you have queries about this competition, please contact Hazel Biggs, KTM Defence & Security.