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Funding for innovative research with explosives and weapons detection applications


Could your Innovation have a Security Application?

Funding for great ideas available through:

Innovative Research Call 2016 for 
Explosives and Weapons Detection


The fourth iteration of this successful cross-Government research call is seeking innovation in all aspects of explosives and weapons detection.

This research call is seeking proposals in the following challenge areas:

  • Buildings and Areas
  • Goods
  • People and / or their Possessions
  • Vehicles

Original ideas and adaptations of successful technologies, techniques or processes from other fields are equally welcome.  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

Key stakeholders for this research call are the Home Office, Department for Transport, Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, the Metropolitan Police Service and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate.

Total funding of up to £3 million is available over 3 years, as part of a 2 phase funding call.  This is a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition run in partnership with Innovate UK. 


Bidders’ Conference, 27 September 2016, London

The call will open on 12 September 2016, with a Bidders’ Conference in Central London on Tuesday 27 September 2016.

95% of the previously successful suppliers attended the last Bidders’ Conference.

The Bidders’ Conference will provide:-

  • Briefings on Government requirements
  • Engagement with Government representatives and operational users
  • Information on the application process (through SBRI)
  • Indications of what a good bid looks like
  • Networking opportunities with industry and academia colleagues

Please register for the Bidders’ Conference by Tuesday 20 September at

Please note registering your interest in this event does not guarantee you a place. As part of the registration process, your details will be shared with the Home Office’s Centre for Applied Science and Technology and key stakeholders, who will notify you as soon as possible whether a ticket will be made available to you.

If you require any further information prior to registering for the Bidders’ Conference, please email


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