Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) Open Call for Innovation

Fund Name: (DASA) Open Call for Innovation
Project Length: Dependent on stage
Project Value: Dependent on stage
Deadline: 15/10/2018


The Open Call is looking for innovative ideas to improve the defence and/or security of the UK. Your idea could be a concept, technology, product or service, and bids are sought at various levels of maturity.

Fund Details

Defence requirements

Defence innovations can apply to any part of defence. Proposals of dual-use to both defence and security are also welcomed.

Security requirements

Security innovations are those which are targeted at preventing terrorism, disrupting serious and organised crime, or ensuring a safe and secure travel system. Examples of particular security themes include:

protecting our borders, critical national infrastructure, and crowded places
reducing the vulnerability of the transport network, including in particular new aviation security solutions
strengthening the capabilities of law enforcement agencies and security services, emergency services, and the private sector.

It’s expected that some proposals will be relevant to both defence and security.

DASA Open Call for Innovation: Emerging Innovations

Emerging innovations are viewed as those which will deliver a proof of concept at around Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 3 or 4. Proof of concept might include component and/or sub-system validation in laboratory-style environment. We do not fund feasibility studies. Projects are expected to start at TRL 2 or 3, which means the basic concept has been formulated and the underpinning technological principles observed at the outset. Successful projects may be candidates for follow-on funding in the Rapid Impact Innovation category, although other funding opportunities may be available.


Defence proposals are sought for projects lasting between 3 and 9 months and costing between £30,000 and £90,000. A total of £3 million is available from the Ministry of Defence research programme to fund these ideas.


For security proposals, no maximum time period or funding limit is specified, and all proposals will be considered. However, as a guide, it is expected that the majority of successful security projects will cost less than £150,000 and last between 3 and 12 months.

DASA Open Call for Innovation: Rapid Impact Innovation

In this category, there’s an expectation that proposals will be funded only if there is a strong customer requirement and capability need for the idea. Suppliers will need to ensure there is positive user interest in the idea before submitting a proposal. Proposals could be pre-sifted from the competition prior to full assessment if this is not apparent.


For defence proposals, project funding requests of no more than £250,000 are welcomed, although lower cost proposals will be viewed favourably. Further, to demonstrate an impact for defence within 3 years, your project is expected to output a pilot of the capability as the main deliverable.


For security-related innovations, no funding limit is specified. However, as a guide, it is expected that the majority of successful security projects will cost less than £150,000. Funding is available from a variety of security departments across government, and proposals at Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 4 and above are encouraged.

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