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Don’t Blow It! Safely eliminating chemical and biological munitions on the battlefield

Posted on 08/08/2018

DASA has launched a new competition seeking innovative technologies to safely eliminating chemical and biological munitions on the battlefield.

This Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) competition is seeking proposals for novel and innovative technologies and approaches to access, disable and/or irreversibly destroy chemical and biological munitions, improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and bulk agents in challenging environments.

The competition has an initial £500,000 to fund multiple proof-of-concept proposals at low Technology Readiness Levels (TRL). Additional funding of £1.5 million may be available depending on the outcome of the initial funding phase.

Under the Chemical Weapons Convention all member states are obligated to destroy any chemical weapons they own or possess, or that they abandoned on the territory of another member state. There is an increasing focus on developing a toolkit of novel and innovative options to enable rapid, effective and irreversible destruction of smaller caches of chemical and biological weapons discovered in resource-limited environments.

The competition is joint funded by the UK Ministry of Defence and the US Department of Defense, and will operate under an existing memorandum of understanding between both nations.

The competition will launch at an event in London on the 26 September 2018. If you are interested in attending please register your Expression of Interest by 5pm on 12 September 2018.

Find out more here.