19 Oct 2023

Prior Information Notice: Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) Business Acceleration Services Opportunity

DASA is seeking an experienced partner (or partners through a consortium approach) to deliver business acceleration services to cohorts of high-tech SMEs for NATO’s Defence Innovation Accelerator for the North Atlantic (DIANA) and UK defence and security innovation.

DASA is preparing to launch a procurement process to find a partner(s) to deliver business acceleration services to boost capacity in this area. This new initiative is to support both NATO’s Defence Innovation Accelerator for the North Atlantic (DIANA) and UK defence and security innovation.

This procurement will be run in accordance with the Public Contract Regulations (PCR) 2015 Restructured Procedure. A Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ) will be used to select suppliers with the relevant capability and capacity for Invitation to Tender (ITT). The PQQ and ITT stages will happen in the spring of 2024 with a view to having delivery partners on board, ready to occupy the I-Hub space and be ready to deliver activities from the summer of 2024.

The partner(s) will also manage a vibrant innovation space and its start-up community. In summary, these services will increase the range of advanced dual use capability available for civilian, defence, and security customers, providing strategic advantage for the UK and NATO.

Why should you get involved?

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a new international initiative led by NATO to create a step change in the future capability of NATO Allies by harnessing new technologies developed by SMEs.

The UK defence and security ecosystem understands that it is important to access a wide network of innovators, especially those who have not worked in the industry before, to develop and deliver solutions. Innovation is essential in maintaining strategic advantage and this initiative will bring together the rapid advancement of technologies that will address critical defence and security challenges.

What are the requirements?

The service delivery is for two years with the option to extend for a further three years, subject to allowable refinements.

Key Dates

  • 1 November 2023: Early Market Engagement Webinar, via MS Teams. Register here

  • 31 December 2023: Estimated date for publication of contract notice

More information can be found here and the Prior Information Notice can be accessed here. 

Fred Sugden

Fred Sugden

Associate Director, Defence and National Security, techUK


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