Funding competitions to solve problems for blue lights services

SBRI: improve firefighters’ operations and safety with digital technology:

Organisations can apply for a share of £1.25 million (including VAT) for an instantly deployable solution for real time tracking of firefighters at incidents.

Competition opens: Monday 15 October 2018

Registration closes: Wednesday 21 November 2018 12:00pm

The aim of the competition is to instantly track firefighters inside a building in hostile and hazardous conditions. This will improve operational situation awareness and safety. Each year UK fire and rescue service attend over 55,000 incidents inside buildings or structures. They are currently unable to accurately monitor and track a firefighting crew’s location in real-time. The overall programme will be delivered over 2 phases. This is phase 1 of a potential 2-phase competition. A decision to proceed with phase 2 will depend on the outcomes from phase 1. Only successful applicants from phase 1 will be able to apply to take part in phase 2.


You can find more information, and register for the competition here.


Tackling knife crime - Detecting steel-bladed knives

The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) has launched a competition seeking innovative technologies and approaches that help to reduce knife crime.

DASA is interested in innovative technologies and approaches for the identification of people carrying steel-bladed knives. This is with a view to developing deployable solutions to aid the UK Police and security organisations.

Total funding of up to £500k is available in Phase 1 of this competition for research projects of up to 6 months in duration. Additional funding is anticipated to be available for future phases of this competition. The closing date for this competition is midday on 21 November 2018.


You can find more information, and apply to the DASA competition, here.

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