ISCF digital security by design: technology enabled business led demonstrators

Fund Name: ISCF digital security by design
Project Length: Minimum of 24 months
Project Value: Greater than £5 million but no more than £25 million
Deadline: 15/04/2020


The ISCF Digital Security by Design (DSbD) challenge aims to update the digital computing infrastructure by creating a new, more secure hardware and software ‘ecosystem’. These new security capabilities will underpin future digital products and services.

The aim of this competition is to develop a demonstrator of a product and/or service in which capability enabled hardware will be used to provide a more secure solution.

Fund details

The competition provides an opportunity to develop and integrate an additional technology ingredient or ingredients into a demonstrator, which must be based on the technology platform prototype hardware that is being developed by the DSbD programme.

This approach is expected to increase the breadth of use-cases to drive future DSbD demonstrators and ultimately increase pathways to market adoption and to economic impact.

Your application must describe:

  • the use case or use cases and why and how it will benefit from the proposed demonstrator
  • why the demonstrator requires an additional technology ingredient or ingredients
  • how you will justify the social and economic benefits realised by the demonstrator
  • how you will assess potential productivity increase through the use of the demonstrator
  • how you expect the results of the demonstrator to affect future products or services
  • how the consortium will engage with the DSbD’s Social Science Hub+ activities, including a bi-annual event

Your project’s total eligible costs must be greater than £5 million but no more than £25 million. Your total requested grant must be no more than £5.8 million.

Projects must start by 1 October 2020 and end by January 2024 and are expected to last a minimum of 24 months.


To lead a project your organisation must:

  • be a UK registered business of any size
  • collaborate with other businesses, research organisations, public sector
  • organisations or charities
  • carry out its project work in the UK
  • intend to exploit the results from or in the UK

The lead organisation must show one of the following:

  • that they operate in an industry sector requiring secure products or services
  • evidence of a credible and recognisable influence that they have on the target market or markets
  • that they can lead on a new market or sector
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