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ISCF digital security by design – software ecosystem development

Fund Name

ISCF digital security by design - software ecosystem development

Project Length

12 - 30 months

Project Value

Up to £1.4m



The aim of this competition is to fund a range of projects that work to enrich and expand the DSbD software ecosystem prior to the availability of commercial hardware. Projects will leverage the DSbD Technology Hardware Prototype, also known as Morello Board, to work on a focused area within a selected and specified software stack or an Operating System (OS) or a developer toolchain used by a digital system. Your application must focus on either of the following:

  • Enriching the evolving Morello Stacks
  • Expanding overall support and make available additional DSbD enabled software stacks, toolchains and components

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Fund Details

You must specify your use and need for the Morello boards within the project. You must include scenario analysis between the requirement for the availability of on-premise boards in a limited number, along with any requirement for cloud-based virtualised access to potentially a larger number of boards. Quantities and virtual access considerations for each respective scenario must be specified.

The funder wishes to fund a portfolio of projects, that will balance contributions including across:

  • Businesses and research organisations
  • Software stacks and components
  • Enriching the evolving Morello Stacks and expanding overall support of the software ecosystem

Applicants will be funded who realise the benefits of DSbD technologies for software development within:

  • OS and developer toolchains, for example, compilers, linkers, debuggers, verifiers
  • Shared libraries and dependent packages
  • Language runtimes
  • Developer frameworks or middleware
  • Other platform services across Linux-based or other open-source operating systems


Your project must:

  • Start on or after 1 April 2022
  • End by 31 December 2024
  • Carry out all of its project work in the UK
  • Intend to exploit the results from or in the UK

If a research organisation is the lead on a project any partners who are non-research organisations cannot receive funding directly from the grant. To collaborate with the lead, your organisation must be a UK registered business of any size or research organisation. Subcontractors are allowed in this competition. Funding will not be available for projects that are:

  • Developments which do not deliver benefit to a software developer
  • Not making use of, enable software targeting or benefitting from capability enabled hardware as made available by the Morello board
  • Requiring enhancement of additional hardware capabilities, for example, accelerators
  • Developments that do not clearly require a platform level processor, for example, it supports a memory management unit
  • Dependent on export performance, for example giving a subsidy to a baker on the condition that it exports a certain quantity of bread to another country
  • Dependent on domestic inputs usage, for example, giving a subsidy to a baker on the condition that it uses 50% UK flour in their product

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