DASA: metasurfaces for defence and security phase 2

The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) is looking for practical demonstrations of innovative metasurfaces to improve the advantage of the UK military.

Challenge description 

As part of this phase 2 competition, the Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) is offering up to £250,000 to fund selected 12-month projects that demonstrate the potential benefits of metasurface technologies to the UK military and wider government.

For the competition, metasurfaces are regarded as man-made (quasi) 2D surfaces with properties defined by the topology of specific materials on subwavelength scales.

DASA is primarily interested in electromagnetic metasurfaces, particularly within the RF, microwave and electro-optical part of the spectrum with potential defence or security applications.

It's in scope to focus development on:

  • Studying the metasurface topology and associated properties and/or
  • Research into a known added material selected to offer enhanced performance

Projects focused only on mathematical models of innovative metasurfaces are not in scope.

It's not compulsory to have participated in phase 1 of the competition, but phase 2 proposals should focus on technologies with TRL 3+.

Full challenge details

Find full challenge details on GOV.UK


Projects aim to start mid-February 2020. 

Application deadline

12 noon on 31 October 2019. 


How to get involved

Proposals must be submitted via the DASA submission service (registration required). Further details on how to apply are given on the GOV.UK website.