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DASA seeks novel testing and evaluation for defence

The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) has launched a new Innovation Focus Area (IFA) called Unlocking the True Potential of Test and Evaluation for Defence, run on behalf of the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

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DASA is seeking innovations for priority T&E issues for which no solution is currently known across the domain.

DASA is looking for novel proposals that:

  • Accelerate the assurance of new systems and technologies
  • Attune systems to the latest threats, emerging programme requirements and likely operating environments, for example by using digital tools and methods
  • Enable capability to be more available to the war fighter, more quickly, more often and for longer. For example, mobile T&E infrastructure (taking the test to the capability rather than the capability to the test) allowing for rapid (re)assessment and assurance
  • Enable agility by creating better understanding of the capability through innovative T&E methods and delivery
  • Enable accelerated acceptance of the capability at test, by developing the novel T&E methods and processes with key regulations/ regulators (for example the Defence Safety Authority) in mind and enabling better understanding of risks and mitigations

Key dates and funding
This Innovation Focus Area will run for at least two funding cycles of the Open Call

DASA expects to fund several proposals between £50,000 and £200,000 with a maximum of £500,000 available per financial year.

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Proposals are expected to deliver at TRL 6 (prototype) at the end of the contract and have a project duration of approximately six months. Priority will be given to proposals that can deliver within 6 months. This is likely to be reviewed after Cycle 1 and 2 with the project length potentially being extended to nine months.

Background
T&E is the collection and analysis of evidence about the behaviour and performance of a system, under relevant operational conditions. This is used across the MoD and industry and is vital to the understanding, development, delivery and deployment of all defence and security capabilities, assuring they are safe, effective and offer value for money.

This competition is part of a wider MoD Test and Evaluation Transformation Programme, which exists to ensure defence can validate technologies at speed in an increasingly complex threat environment. One key area, incites the T&E enterprise to become and remain, innovative by instinct.

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Read the competition document for full details of the competition scope.

Submit a proposal
If you have an innovation that will enable defence to modernise testing and evaluation, submit your idea.

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