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Chemical Decontamination Funding Call

This call for proposals on behalf of the Home Office's Office of Security and Counter Terrorism (OSCT) and the Government Decontamination Service (GDS), will open on Monday 21 September, 2015. A Briefing document and Invitation to Tender will be published on the call launch date. 

Up to £300k will be spent on Phase 1 proof-of-concept projects, each with a value of £0 to 50k. 

Where contamination poses a risk to human life and the wider environment, GDS's priority is to support local authorities to decontaminate any surfaces as effectively as possible and ensure any contaminated areas are reinstated and normality regained as soon as possible. 

The first challenge seeks to raise our fundamental understanding of the most effective way of decontaminating building materials that have been contaminated with chemical agents. Proposals are invited to identify the key parameters controlling the behaviour of both chemical agents and decontamination processes on building materials, supporting existing modelling work.

The second challenge is to develop chemical simulants that accurately mimic both the chemical reactivity of materials of concern with typical decontaminants and their persistence on common building surfaces.  

Note: we are not looking for proposals to develop new Biological or Radiological simulants under this requirement. However, innovative approaches that have been used to develop Biological or Radiological simulants are of real interest if they can be repurposed to address this specific chemical challenge.  

GDS is interested in approaches to develop simulants for the chemical agents listed in the following document.

 

A bidders' conference will be held on 14 October in London. Register for the event here

 

There are two main challenges that the Home Office's Office of Security and Counter Terrorism (OSCT) and the Government Decontamination Service (GDS) is seeking to address through this Call:
  • Challenge 1 - The OSCT and the GDS is seeking to update and improve it's fundamental understanding of how best to decontaminate building materials that have been contaminated with chemical agents. So they are looking for models (or other tangible deliverables) that support or improve their understanding of chemical and building material interactions, to better understand the contamination process for chemical agents
  • Challenge 2 - Asks for the development of chemical simulants that will help GDS further improve its capability to verify its decontamination tasks. Simulants are needed because direct work with toxic or harmful chemicals poses a high safety risk, or can be prohibitively expensive for use in testing or exercising. Therefore, compounds/formulations that share relevant physical and chemical properties of chemical agents of concern that are relevant to decontamination will need to be identified. So they are looking for a series of simulants that mimic both chemical reactivity and persistence of chemical agents listed, that are suitable for use in testing and exercising of decontamination approaches.

 

The call will close at noon on Wednesday 18th November, 2015. 

This SBRI competition is run by Innovate UK on behalf of OSCT. All proposals must be submitted via the Innovate UK portal.

 

Open Date: 21st September 2015

Close Date: 18th November 2015

Registration closes: 11th November 2015

Contracts awarded: TBC

e-mail: support@innovateuk.gov.uk

 

For more details: https://interact.innovateuk.org/competition-display-page/-/asset_publisher/RqEt2AKmEBhi/content/chemical-decontamination

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