Summer Update

  • Posted by David Murray on August 26, 2022 at 2:11 pm

    Hi Folks,

    Once again, “welcome” to our new members, thank you for joining us and please feel free to add your experiences, thoughts. comments and ideas to our shared cause!

    Activity on the network has been quiet during the summer. The previous ‘Introductory Overview’ that can be found in the ‘Documents’ section of this network (see top bar of the site) had over 200 views. I intend that the topic of skills will soon be addressed by another document at a similar technical level. So, we look forward to seeing those people again and benefitting from the wide experience of this group’s members – keep an eye on the network so you don’t miss it!

    Funded Opportunities

    Some areas of interest to the Ministry of Defence are likely to resonate with skills in other sectors. DASA (The Defence and Security Accelerator) finds and funds exploitable innovation and are particularly interested in engaging with non-defence companies. Please be aware of the following current DASA opportunities:

    1.      National Security: the current focus is on hardware and software to capture, store, transfer and tag audio, visual and audio/visual evidence. We’re looking for proposals of up to £100k, 3-6 months long, and starting at TRL4/5. Closing date 14th September.

    2.      Human Augmentation: technologies that could temporarily or permanently modify human performance. Looking for ~£70k, 6-month projects that will deliver at TRL3. Open until around 14th September).

    3.      Countering IEDs by Novel Technology and Techniques: seeking proposals that can rapidly accelerate and enhance electronic capabilities to counter Improvised Explosive Devices. Proposals of up to £400k and 6-18 months are invited. Open until around 14th September). 

    4.      Defence Technology Exploitation Programme (DTEP): a new UK-wide initiative from DASA, which will launch this summer. This will fund and support collaborative projects between small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and higher-tier Defence suppliers and help them win new business delivering against MOD’s technological priorities.

    5.      “Defence Innovation Loans” programme, an opportunity for SMEs with solutions to Defence themed problems to apply for a loan of between £250,000 and £1.6 million to aid the commercialisation of the solution. You can apply at any time – see the information here.

    I would appreciate any feedback about this section of the topic – is it interesting/useful? Did you apply? How did it go?

    For more information contact Peter Wilkins ( to discuss your ideas.

    Very best regards,


    Dave Murray

    David Murray replied 1 year, 8 months ago 1 Member · 0 Replies
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