DASA Launches Reducing Cyber Risk Across Defence Competition
Funding for proposals to help quantify and reduce the cyber risk across Defence, enhance digital resilience and enable Defence to be secure by default.
The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) is part of the UK Government’s Ministry of Defence. The Accelerator helps public and private innovators develop their ideas into exploitable products and services for defence and security customers, and experiments with novel methodology and innovative approaches to facilitate accelerating delivery of the best solutions.
DASA has launched a competition with funding from the Cyber Resilience Programme (CRP) in Defence Digital, a part of Strategic Command. The competition aims to support proposals that will help to quantify and reduce the cyber risk across Defence, enhance digital resilience and enable Defence to be secure by default.
The competition seeks to reduce inherent risk by building resilient technologies rather than seeking mitigations or responses to risks and issues. It does not focus on any specific domain or scenario, instead solutions are sought that could be of benefit to any area of defence.
The focus of the competition is on the following three challenges:
- Novel tools that strengthen digital resilience across defence.
- Novel approaches that enable security by default.
- Novel ways to quantify Operational Technology risk.
Innovation projects are sought that will deliver outputs at Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 6. Additional funding for further phases to increase the TRL may be available. Any further phases will be open to applications from all innovators and it is not compulsory to have been involved in previous phases to apply.
Submissions are welcome from the private sector, academia, individuals (ie sole traders) and Public Sector Research Establishments (PSREs). There are no nationality restrictions.
Up to £880,000 is available through Phase 1 of the competition to fund up to five proposals.
Applications should be submitted by the 31 October 2023 (12:00 GMT) deadline.
(This report was the subject of a ResearchConnect Newsflash.)