13 Jul 2018

DASA launch chemical and biological munitions disposal competition

The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) is launching a competition ‘Safely eliminating chemical and biological munitions on the battlefield ‘Don’t Blow It!’

The competition is aimed at the private sector and academia, to seek innovative solutions and approaches to accessing, disabling and/or irreversibly destroying chemical and biological weapons munitions, improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and bulk agents on the battlefield.

With an ambition to attract non-traditional defence and security innovators, DASA will be particularly interested to hear from those in allied technology areas such as the oil and gas, mining sectors as well as those, which have experience in handling hazardous materials.

With an initial £500,000 to fund multiple proof-of-concept proposals at low Technology Readiness Levels (TRL), it is anticipated that an additional funding of £1.5 million may be available depending on the outcome of the initial funding phase.

It is joint funded by the UK Ministry of Defence and the US Department of Defense, and will operate under an existing memorandum of understanding between both nations.

The competition will formally launch at an event in London on 26 September 2018.

Those interested in attending should register an Expression of Interest by 5pm on 12 September 2018. Companies accepted to attend the event, will be sent full details and an agenda.

Details about the competition can be found here.

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