DASA - Rapid sanitising technology for ambulances

DASA and the Welsh Government are looking for rapid cleaning technology for sanitising ambulances in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

This challenge has now closed and applications will no longer be accepted. 

What's the open innovation challenge?

Cleaning an ambulance after transporting a patient suspected of having coronavirus can take up to 45 minutes. Delays can be even longer since cleaning centres are often away from hospitals and ambulance bases.

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA), together with the Welsh Government, is looking for technology to speed up the sanitising process.

Key focus areas

Solutions must be suitable for rapid deployment and ideally have wider applicability than just ambulances, e.g. buses, trains, and other blue light services or even hospital wards/rooms. Of particular interest are:

  • Solutions which allow ease of operation and maintenance
  • Are robust and reliable
  • Can be rapidly deployed and tested
  • With potential to be scaled and used across the UK and over the coming months

Efficacy will have to be demonstrated via a short process of trials/experiments to ensure selected options are effective.

Open call

This call for innovations is part of DASA’s Open Call. DASA would typically expect to fund bids in the range of £50,000 - £100,000. However, no funding limit is specified.


The competition closes on 1 April 2020.

How to get involved

Get more details and apply on GOV.UK