04 Apr 2017

Competition summary: autonomous last mile resupply

This Accelerator themed competition is looking for novel proposals that use autonomous systems to deliver mission critical supplies to users in the military front-line. For for this competition we’re focussing on the challenging ‘last mile’ of resupply.

The aim of an autonomous last mile resupply system is to:

  • reduce the demand on existing platforms and infrastructure
  • reduce the risk and burden on military personnel during last mile resupply
  • increase the efficiency of the last mile logistic resupply operations with pace and accuracy
  • provide an assured resupply capability for forward military users to enable more agile operations in complex environments

For this competition we’re particularly interested in:

  • unmanned air and ground load carrying platforms
  • technologies and systems to allow load carrying platforms to operate autonomously
  • technologies to autonomously predict, plan, track and optimise resupply demands from military users
  • 2.Total funding

Up to £1.5 million is available for phase 1 of this competition. We expect to fund a number of projects with research lasting up to 6 months; phase 1 deliverables must be complete by the end of February 2018.

There’s up to an additional £1.5 million for phase 2 of the competition. Phase 2 funding opportunities will only be available to projects funded through phase 1 of the competition and will be considered on a per-project basis.

More information will be available within the next 2 weeks when the competition document is released.


This competition will close on 21 June 2017 at 12 noon. Proposals must be submitted to the Accelerator online submission service.


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