SBRI: DASA A Joint Effort, Phase 2
This is a parallel competition between the UK and Australia and is supported in the UK by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) Materials for Strategic Advantage (MSA) research programme. Phase 2 has £500k available through DASA to fund multiple proposals.
This campaign is supported in Australia by the Australian Defence Science and Technology Group (DST Group) Next Generation Technologies Fund and Small Business Innovation Research for Defence (SBIRD) through a parallel Phase 2 competition with separate funding of A$1M.
It is not compulsory to have been involved in Phase 1 to apply. You should however make yourself aware of the previous competition and the proposals we funded. You can do this by joining the LinkedIn collaboration space. It is expected that work for this phase will reach higher maturity than work funded in Phase 1.
This Phase 2 competition continues to seek innovations that will accelerate the integration of advanced materials onto military platforms. These materials may be monolithic, composite or functionally graded depending on the application. They may have been manufactured using conventional or advanced manufacture techniques, including additive manufacture.
Developments of particular interest for this competition include:
- enabling new material combinations
- novel approaches to the integration of advanced or novel materials
- increasing durability of joints in military operating conditions
- joints that allow easier modification/replacement of components or sub-systems on a platform
- health and usage monitoring of joints
Like Phase 1, Phase 2 intends to fund proof-of-concepts that address one or more of the challenges outlined below but to a higher level of maturity. Key requirements that apply across all the challenges for creating and managing joints on military platforms are:
- creating effective joints in real-world conditions (for example with surface contamination or repairing damaged material)
- developing techniques that are cost effective (whether this is by reducing manufacturing costs or via through-life savings)
- considering the fire, smoke and toxicity performance of materials and interfaces
- developing joining approaches that are light weight compared to current methods
How to apply
All proposals for funding to meet these challenges must be submitted by 1200 GMT (midday) Friday 31 January 2020 via the DASA submission service for which you will be required to register.
The Phase 2 funding of £500k is expected to fund 3-5 proposals for the UK / rest of World outside of Australia competition. Proposers should consider these figures when costing a proposal, and note that the preference is to fund a greater number of projects unless a very strong proposal takes a greater proportion of the pot. If successful, Phase 2 contracts will be awarded for a duration of between 9 to 24 months.
Phase 2 will be open to applications from all suppliers and not just those that submitted Phase 1 successful bids. Applicants who were unsuccessful in Phase 1 may submit proposals, providing they can show maturation of their initial Phase 1 proposals. New applicants who did not participate in the Phase 1 competition are also welcome to submit. Collaboration to enhance proposals is encouraged.
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