CDE Security for Internet of Things – Call

photo.jpgThe Ministry of Defence’s Centre for Defence Enterprise, in collaboration with the Security Secret Intelligence Services, will shortly be inviting proposals for its security for the internet of things themed competition. The call opens on 10 September 2015 when the full competition details will be published.

This competition seeks research projects that identify innovative technologies or approaches in order to meet the challenges created by the internet of things, such as multiple connected sensors that are capable of communicating with their environment. Proposals should address the following areas of interest:

• Collating and visualising data on subjects of interest from a diverse, sensor-rich, loosely connected environment that operates across different protocols and standards;
• Identifying how sure a hypothesis is that two events, users or devices are connected, based on the data gathered.

Each project may receive between £60,000 and £90,000 over three months in phase 1, followed by a split of £1m funding available for phase 2 projects, which will be considered on a per-project basis.

The competition will be briefed at the CDE Innovation Network Event on the 1st October 2015, with the closing date for this call being the 29th October 2015 at 5pm.

To find out more – Click Here
To sign up to the CDE Innovation Network Event – Click Here

CDE Innovation Network event


The Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) (Part of DSTL) is holding a networking event for science and technology providers. Here, head of CDE, Andy Nicholson, will introduce CDE and give an overview of proof-of-concept research funding opportunities for innovative science and technology providers, followed by Bruce Hardie, Technology Manager, discussing how to create an effective proposal for CDE funding. In addition Military Advisers from the DSTL will give an overview of areas of innovative research ideas for CDE’s ongoing enduring challenge competition, and there is opportunity to book face-to-face meetings with CDE, DSTL and Military experts to discuss potential proposals. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet other potential bidders and current DSTL suppliers, as well as be able to see examples of successful CDE projects.

Midway through the day there will be a briefing on a new themed competition from CDE regarding “affordable space-based capability” – which seeks proof-of-concept research proposals for novel technologies that could lead to a step change in UK military space-based capability or substantially reduce the cost of the systems. This competition will fund exploratory studies and demonstrations to develop concepts and technologies required for delivering a UK space-based military capability.

Date: 18th November 2014
Time: 9:30-16:00
Location: London at De Vere Canary Wharf

To register for this event, view the agenda, and find out more – Click here (Registration closes on Friday 14 November 2014 at 12:30pm.)
To find out more on CDE “affordable space-based capability” competition – Click here

CDE Themed Call – The Challenges of Countering Terrorist Network

The Challenges of Countering Terrorist Networks

 The effects of terrorism can have a significant impact on the UK. Identifying terrorist activity and understanding the associated network is key to countering any impact a network may exert.

This CDE themed call presents the following three S&T challenges:

  1. Understanding networks – we need effective methods to explore the potentially large volume of data available from a variety of sources, across a range of data formats (eg audio, visual, text) to help identify the key activities and individuals that form any network.
  2. Identifying individuals – we are looking for novel techniques that uniquely identify an individual, be those biometric or repeatable behaviours (eg within the digital domain). Priorities in this area include reducing the size, weight and power requirements of current forensic technology, moving to near real-time processing and the potential of remote operation without reaching back to large databases.
  3. Translating information – we need to extract information from different sources which may be in a wide range of different languages. In particular, we need to be able to rapidly prioritise sources of information (audio, paper and electronic) to enable human interpreters to focus only on key information sources for full translation.

There is a launch event taking place in Reading, on 19 March, which I would recommend attending if you are considering applying.

  •  Internal deadline: Tuesday 24 April 2013 1200
  • Official deadline: Wednesday 1 May 2013 1700

Please let me know if any of you are interested in applying.