Security & Defence

The UK is committed to spending a minimum 2% of GDP on defence over the next decade, and at least 20% of that spending on equipment. This commitment represents spending some £186bn on defence equipment and support in the 10 years from 2018/19. The UK is also the second largest defence exporter, winning defence orders worth £14bn in 2018.

To maintain the safety and security of both the public and visitors to the UK, police, intelligence agencies and the private security sector is supported by a vibrant UK SME security sector which is a global leader in a wide range of products and services who supported the export of over £5.2m goods and services (2018). Globally, the security market – cyber security included – exhibits continued growth and is projected to reach £150bn by 2022.

There are many innovative solutions developed for, and applicable to the defence and security sectors. Our team can help you navigate this landscape by signposting funding opportunities, offering advice, providing guidance and introducing beneficial connections.

Companies developing products, services or innovation that are applicable to defence or security sectors and work in areas like cIoT, Data science/AI/ML, Forensics, Detection and screening technologies, Cryptography, Synthetic biology and chemistry, Radiological and nuclear, UAV/drones, sensors, behavioural science, human enhancement, energy storage, advanced materials and electronics, space and Earth Observation, surveillance and intelligence, logistics, command and control.

Click here to see open funding opportunities in the security & defence sector.

Click here to see funding competitions and open calls from DASA (the UK government’s Defence and Security Accelerator).

Our current focus in this area

The National Cyber Security Centre’s (NCSC) definition of cyber security’s core function is to protect the devices we all use, and the services we access from theft or damage and preventing unauthorised access to personal information we store on these devices, and online.

What makes our modern lives relatively easy, interconnected and seamless is this seldom thought of, but very vital soft infrastructure – the electromagnetic spectrum.

Related Opportunities

DASA competition: Protecting Physical Assets from Uncrewed Aerial Systems Attack

Opens: 17/04/2024 Closes: 13/06/2024

DASA are seeking proposals that can protect physical assets against an attack from Uncrewed Aerial Systems (UAS).

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Safeguarded AI: TA1.1 Theory

Opens: 11/04/2024 Closes: 28/05/2024

Backed by £59M, this ARIA programme aims to develop the safety standards we need for transformational AI.

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AUKUS Electronic Warfare Challenge: Electromagnetic Spectrum

Opens: 27/03/2024 Closes: 16/05/2024

How might Defence harness the electromagnetic spectrum to project force to target adversaries and counter their ability to target AUKUS partners?

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NATO Women and Girls in Science 2024 challenge

Opens: 08/02/2024 Closes: 21/04/2024

The goal of the WGS24 challenge is to inspire young women in STEM disciplines. Participants will be asked to submit a short research proposal for NATO.

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DASA competition: Sample Preservation, Analysis, and Attribution

Opens: 04/03/2024 Closes: 30/04/2024

DASA (Defence & Security Accelerator) seeks proposals for sample preservation, analysis and attribution of hazardous chemical and biological materials.

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Use of AI in Screening Individuals of Interest

Opens: 18/03/2024 Closes: 09/05/2024

Can your organisation demonstrate how AI can assist with screening individuals of interest?

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CyberASAP Year 7 Demo Day

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The Future of Computing for Defence

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