DASA Invisible Shield

Innovative ideas required to rapidly accelerate and enhance the electronic capabilities for countering IEDs and deliver life-saving protection

What's the open innovation challenge?

Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) are explosive devices fabricated in an improvised manner, but with varying degrees of professionalism.

The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) is seeking proposals to develop innovations that can rapidly accelerate and enhance the electronic capabilities for countering IEDs and deliver life-saving protection.

In particular, DASA is looking for methods which use Radio Frequency (RF) or provide an understanding of the RF spectrum to detect and disrupt the functionality of IEDs.

There are three priority areas of interest for this call. It is important to note that these should not be viewed as rigid, singular themes – they are not mutually exclusive. Your proposal must meet at least one of the challenges, but they welcome bids that address more than one:

  • Innovations that capture and analyse RF signals using novel spectrum survey techniques
  • Innovations that neutralise targets in a timely and effective manner
  • Novel hardware and ancillaries

Proposals need to be considerate of the cognitive, training and physical burden that will be placed on the bearer (vehicle and service person), by any proposed solution.

Project phases

This is Phase 1 of a potential £3 million multi-phased competition. £1.5 million  has been allocated to Phase 1.

DASA expects to fund approximately 10 projects in Phase 1. It will be 9 months in length and you will be expected to develop solutions at Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs) 3-6.

A Phase 2 may then enable further development towards higher TRLs.

Project date milestones

Closing date: the competition closes on Wednesday 1 July 2020, at midday (BST)

Start of contract: aim to start in September 2020 and end a maximum of 9 months later

Feedback: this will be released on 30 September 2020

How to apply

Submit your application through the UK Government website.