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Submit your proposal to the Accelerator

The Defence and Security Accelerator funds proposals for proof-of-concept research. If you already have a product, you should speak to the Defence Suppliers’ Service.

New users should click the ‘Start now’ button below. It’ll allow you to set up an account with us. You can then begin putting together your proposal for funding (or if you've already registered sign in here).

You’ll be able to save your proposal and finish it later if you need to.

You can submit proposals for both our themed competitions and the enduring competition here and they'll be assessed before we decide if we’ll fund or not.

You mustn’t submit any classified information to the Accelerator. Find out more about government security classifications.

If you are uncertain about whether your idea would be a good fit for funding by DASA in the Open Call for Innovation, you can submit a one-page pitch for an initial review to accelerator@dstl.gov.uk prior to sending in a proposal through our submissions service.  More information is available here.

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Open competitions

View details of all current Accelerator competitions on our GOV.UK page

  • In this category, we are encouraging the submission of proposals across a wide range of technology areas with the aim of finding new and novel opportunities for these to be exploited across Defence and/or Security.

    Emerging innovations are viewed as those which will deliver a proof of concept at around Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 3 or 4, which in outline means delivering a proof of concept, with component and/or sub-system validation in laboratory-style environment by the end of your proposed work. Projects are expected to start at TRL 2 or 3, which means the basic concept as has been formulated and the underpinning technological principles observed at the outset. Projects which deliver successfully in this category 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.

    This competition closes on Monday 21 May 2018 at 12pm.