04 Jul 2017

Open Call for Innovation

The Enduring Challenge is undergoing a rebrand as part of a number of changes for this funding route.

From July, the challenge will be known as the Open Call for Innovation. It will continue to serve suppliers who have developed innovative technologies for defence and security, providing funding, support and partnership to them.

The Enduring Challenge was developed to allow potential solutions and novel approaches access to the defence arena and help improve technical capabilities, operations and training to benefit from private sector knowledge. As well as all existing suppliers, the funding and mentorship helps attract those who haven’t worked with defence and security before.

As of July 2017, the Enduring Challenge has approved 21% of proposals for funding from cycle 3. The decisions have been released in the Accelerator submission service and the successful winners should be on contract within three weeks. Those who were unsuccessful will receive feedback by the end of July.

Since its launch in January by Harriett Baldwin, Minister for Defence Procurement, the Enduring Challenge has held three decision conferences to assess 83 proposals. Of those, 12 applications (14%) were approved for funding and received an average of £82,600 in research funding.

Cycle 4 is currently in assessment. Cycle 5, under the new banner of Open Call for Innovation is open.

All proposals must be submitted via the online submission service. Cycle 5 of the Open Call for innovation closes midday on 25 July 2017.


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