DASA rapid biosensing technology

Innovative sensor technologies are required to enable rapid detection, localisation and identification of hazardous biological agents in the field.

What's the open innovation challenge?

The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) is looking for proposals to develop innovative sensor technologies that enable improved, high-confidence, rapid detection, localisation and identification of hazardous biological agents in the field for the benefit of defence and security operations. The ultimate aim is to advance technologies towards integration into a fieldable system which can be used by trained military specialists and civilian first responders.

DASA is looking for innovative technologies starting at Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 3 and over, and to achieve TRL 4-5 by project completion by validating the technology in a laboratory environment and/or relevant environment. It is expected that the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) will provide a standard test of samples for use during the project

Project phases

Please note this is phase 2 of a multi-phase competition. However, you can still apply even if you did not participate in phase 1.

£700,000 is available to fund phase 2 and additional funding may become available for future phases to further develop technologies to higher TRL.

Project date milestones

Tuesday 21 April 2020 – a dial-in session providing further detail on the problem space and a chance to ask questions in an open forum. If you would like to participate, please register on the Eventbrite page

Tuesday 21 and Wednesday 22 April 2020 – a series of 20 minute one-to-one teleconference sessions, giving you the opportunity to ask specific questions. If you would like to participate, please register on the Eventbrite page: Tuesday 21 April or Wednesday 22 April 

Monday 1 June 2020, midday BST - competition closes.

Thursday 1 October 2020 - proposed start of contract which should end 12 months later.

How to apply

Submit your application through the UK Government website.