Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) Competition: Advanced Radio Frequency Sensing, Integrated Effects and PNT

Closing Date: 26/04/2022

A DASA competition seeking to find disruptive innovations that enhance the UK’s approach to delivering pervasive, resilient intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and agile effects.

The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) is part of the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD). The Accelerator funds research that offers a high potential benefit to defence and security in the UK and which thereby supports UK economic growth and prosperity.

This DASA competition is being funded by the MOD’s Bright Corvus Project, under the MOD’s Future Sensing and Situational Awareness (FSSA) Science & Technology (S&T) Programme. The competition seeks to find disruptive innovations that enhance the UK’s approach to delivering pervasive, resilient Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) and agile effects, supported by Position, Navigation and Timing (PNT) as a Service (PNTaaS), into future Defence & Security Electromagnetic Spectrum (EMS) landscapes.

Multi-modal aspects are welcomed on platforms and between platforms. These can include cross-cueing of non-RF modalities (but not development of non-RF modalities). Innovations supporting the targeting, delivery and post-action assessment of active RF effects (including Electronic Attack (EA), Electronic Countermeasures) are welcomed. Proposals in this area will need to comply with regulatory obligations relevant to their technology and its demonstration/testing.

The competition is composed of the following five challenges. Proposals can address one or more sub-components of any combination of challenges but are advised to focus on evidencing how they address a small subset.

Challenge 1: Distributed RF Sensing

This challenge area seeks innovations that detect, recognise and identify entities of interest as well as locate and track them in complex physical and EM environments. Solutions should focus on novel technology and techniques distributed across numerous sensors that collectively provide better overall performance than current monolithic counterparts and at lower individual costs.

Challenge 2: Integrated Sensing & Effects

This challenge area seeks innovations that advance integration of sensing with RF effect delivery at range or within challenging environments. For example, increasing automation, intelligent application of resources and understanding and orchestrating Electronic Warfare missions across distributed resources.

Challenge 3: Integrated Sensing & Effects Enablers

This challenge area seeks enablers to core systems, including antennas, power and modularity. Proposals should demonstrate potential to unlock a step change in how we operate and deploy a variety of different future systems. For example:

  • Antenna and front end circuitry developments.
  • Modular system design approaches.
  • New power technologies to enable small multi-function, sensor/effector systems.

Challenge 4: PNT as a Service

In this challenge area, proposals should include evidence of how they enable distributed RF sensing and effector concepts through novel PNT technologies, PNT fusion and dissemination techniques, and resilience to or detection of disruptors.

Challenge 5: Novel Concepts and Architectures for advanced RF Sensing and Effectors

This challenge area seeks proposals that inform development of secure, autonomous coordination of sensor/effector units across multiple platforms to maintain continuous sensing, tracking or effect delivery in a deployed scenario.

Proposals are welcomed from fundamental technical principles or concepts (Technology Readiness Levels 1 or 2) and at the end of the project, outputs should be at Technology Readiness Levels 3 to 6. Successful proposals will present credible plans for progressing new, advanced technologies which enable pervasive, resilient ISR and agile effects delivery.

Projects should last for a maximum of 12 months.

Funding body Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA)
Maximum value Discretionary
Reference ID S23491
Category Engineering and Physical Sciences
Science and Technology

Fund or call Fund