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Do you have a technology that could be applied for the detection of explosives and weapons?

£3 million funding for innovative research to support new methods for the detection of explosives and weapons

The Home Office is seeking proposals to support new methods for the detection of explosives and weapons and has identified your sector as a possible source of new technologies, or existing innovations which could be transferred into a new sector.

Total funding of up to £3 million is available over 3 years, as part of a 2 phase funding call. Further details of the call, challenges areas and examples of projects can be found here.


Seeking technologies from new sectors

Examples could include, but are not limited to:

  • novel sensors or materials to detect or identify explosives (or their precursors) or weapons (or their constituent parts)

  • imaging techniques from other sectors which could be applied to screening vehicles, goods, people or possessions

  • chemical imaging to detect trace residues of explosives on surfaces

  • adaptations of energy sensors to identify on-body threats

  • measurement techniques which could allow identification of objects concealed inside other objects

  • development of reliable means to calibrate and assure detection equipment in the field or in the laboratory

  • modelling and simulation to improve current screening processes

  • automation / enhancement of screening processes

  • atmospheric monitoring or waste water monitoring applied to detection of trace quantities of explosive or their precursors

  • human and behavioural factors which could be used to improve the overall security screening system


Find out more at our Bidder's Conference

We are hosting a Bidder’s Conference in Central London on the 27th September 2016, to provide further details of the call and give participants the opportunity to engage with Government representatives and end users. Given the nature of this call and the community involved, we need to close registrations early, on the 20th September, so if you think that you have something to offer to help address these important challenges, I would encourage you to apply for your place as soon as possible. Further details can be found here.

What: Innovative Research Call 2016 for Explosives and Weapons Detection Bidder's Conference

When: 27th September 2016

Where: Central London

Registration deadline:  20th September 2016

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