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£10m DGP Innovation Challenge
Dean White - June 17, 2015

CDE will run a series of SBRI themed competitions in association with the Defence Growth Partnership’s (DGP) UK Defence Solutions Centre.

A Royal Air Force Reaper Remotely Piloted Air System at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan.

The £10m Ministry of Defence (MOD)-funded ‘DGP Innovation Challenge’ was announced at the opening of DGP’s UK Defence Solutions Centre (UKDSC) in March 2015.

The MOD’s Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) will be the mechanism to run the series of 4 SBRI themed competitions against which industry and academia can submit their innovative ideas and bid for funding.

The first 2 themed competitions are on the subjects of training (closes on 4 August 2015) and persistent surveillance (closes on 6 August 2015). These are open now and will be briefed at a networking event on 8 July 2015 in London.

Proposals must be submitted by 5pm on the closing dates shown using the CDE online portal.
Competition winners for these first competitions will be announced in September 2015.

UKDSC is an independent body, bringing together representatives from large companies in the defence industry in a collaborative space to address export opportunities. UKDSC staff are seconded from the defence industry and operate under MOD and industry non-disclosure agreements to protect the intellectual property of bidders.