Digital Security by Design: business led demonstrators phase 1 EOI

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £6 million to collaborate on market demonstrator projects showcasing the use and adoption of digital security by design technologies.

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Your project’s total eligible costs must be between £1.5 million and £4 million. Up to 70% of costs can be covered.


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Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, is investing £6 million in innovation projects.

To find out more about the competition, please read this blog by Challenge Director, John Goodacre.


The aim of this competition is to develop demonstrators of a product or service in which capability enabled hardware will be used to provide a more secure solution.

‘Capability enabled hardware’ includes security features or safeguards that are built in the processor architecture and hardware system so that it becomes more secure in the face of a range of security vulnerabilities.

The objectives of the competition are to:

  • develop market demonstrators showcasing the new security capability in a vertical industry segment(s) or in applications that may cut across several vertical industry segments
  • enable innovators developing secure products or services to work alongside early technology providers
  • widen the pool of technology and research providers in order to expand the impact of capability enabled hardware

Your project must use the DSbD technology platform prototype and specify the quantity of prototype hardware boards that are needed in your demonstrator.

This is phase 1 of a 2-phase competition. Phase 1 is an expression of interest (EoI) for which no funding will be allocated.

The success of phase 1 applications will be subject to the outcome of a scope check, and an interview process involving a panel of experts. Successful applicants in phase 1 will be invited to proceed to phase 2 and apply for funding.

In phase 2 short-listed consortia will be invited to prepare and submit a full project proposal. Phase 2 will involve a portfolio approach for the selection of demonstrator projects.

Your project must:

  • have total eligible costs between £1.5 million and £4 million
  • start on or after 1 February 2022
  • end by 31 January 2025
  • last between 24 and 36 months

To lead a project your organisation must:

Research organisations cannot lead or work alone.

The lead organisation must show one of the following:

  • that they operate in an industry sector requiring secure products or services
  • evidence of a credible and recognisable influence that they have on the target market or markets
  • that they can lead on a new market or sector

The project team must consist of at least 2 partners, including the lead organisation.

To collaborate with the lead, your organisation must be a UK registered business, research organisationpublic sector organisation or charity.

The aim of this competition is to develop demonstrators of a product or service in which DSbD technologies will be used to provide a more secure solution. These demonstrators must showcase DSbD’s new security approach in a vertical industry segment(s) or in applications that may cut across several vertical industry segments.

This approach is expected to increase the breadth of use-cases against which DSbD technologies can be proven and ultimately increase pathways to market adoption and to economic impact.

Industry segments can include:

  • those that require secure system operation with safety and resiliency business requirements
  • those that include high-value data assets the compromise of which may cause serious economic or personal harm

An online briefing event was held at 12:30pm on 9th March – watch the recording, and further helpful videos, by clicking here.

The KTN team is also on hand to help with any queries you may have. Get in touch with Robin Kennedy to discuss further.


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