The Open Call is one of the funding competition mechanisms the Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) uses to find proposals that address challenges faced by government stakeholders. It gives bidders the opportunity to present their ideas to defence and security at any time, without waiting for a relevant themed competition.
What are they looking for?
The Open Call is looking for innovative ideas to improve the defence and/or security of the UK. Your idea could be a concept, technology or service. The Emerging Innovations category is for less mature innovations, and the Rapid Impact category is for innovations that are more developed.
Emerging innovations are viewed as those which will deliver a proof of concept at around Technology Readiness Level 3 or 4. Proof of concept might include component and/or sub-system validation in laboratory-style environment.
Rapid Impact innovations are viewed as those which will deliver a technology model or prototype demonstration at around Technology Readiness Level 6 or 7. This demonstration should be at a limited scale, in the hands of end users, and in the context or environment which it is expected that the solution would be used.
Innovation Focus Areas
Whilst DASA are interested in funding all sorts of projects, they also have some innovation focus areas which are enduring challenges faced by the defence and security customers. They are often broad in scope and will always be open for a minimum of two open call cycles.Find out more