Improving crowd resilience
This Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) opportunity falls within the Home Office’s Counter Terrorism and Serious Organised Crime Science and Technology programme. This DASA themed competition follows the recent terrorist attacks in Manchester and London.
Total funding available for the first round of funding in this competition is up to £1 million. There is up to a further £1 million available for Track 1, phase 2 only.
This competition seeks innovative ideas to reduce the threat from terrorist and malicious use of explosives and weapons in public spaces. We envisage these capabilities and systems as having the potential to be employed in crowded places, such as shopping centres, sports stadia and entertainment venues.
For the first time in a DASA themed competition we are seeking solutions from across all technology readiness levels (TRLs), offering bidders the choice of 3 tracks for funding.
Track 1 – Low TRL entry (up to TRL 4)
Two phases of funding offered. Phase 1 will be for proof-of-concept research, with funding expected to be in the region of £40,000 – £80,000 per proposal for 6 months of research. Winners at phase 1 will have the opportunity to enter a phase 2 funding competition offering in the region of £250,000 per proposal for further development of their solutions for 10 months of research.
Track 2 – Mid TRL entry (TRL 4-6)
One phase of funding offered for research and development of mid-TRL solutions for 12 months. Proposals are expected to be in the region of £250,000.
Track 3 – High TRL entry (TRL 6 or higher)
One phase of funding offered for experimental development of higher TRL solutions. Due to the envisaged maturity of the solutions in this track, proposals are expected to be low in value.