On 15 November 2011 the CDE launched a call for for research proposals that will provide new and innovative approaches, methods, tools and techniques for Operational Analysis.
Funding available: Total £500k for this call. Note, that they are expecting each proposal to be £30-£50k proof of concept and for < 6 months duration.
Call documents and slides presented at the launch event are available at http://www.science.mod.uk/events/events_and_calls.aspx.
HM Gov is committed to evidence-based decision-making. Operational Analysis (OA) is used by MoD to provide a structured approach to decision making: bringing together data and expert knowledge in a transparent way. OA can be used to examine trade-offs between policy aspirations and affordability constraints.
OA provides quantitative understanding of issues underpinning top level decision-making. There is no room for black box models: there must be an auditable trail. MoD is always looking for ways in which the responsiveness of their analytical capability can be improved.
General challenges / requirements are:
reducing the time and cost of developing and employing analytical models and tools
credible representation of emerging challenges and capabilities
combining numerical and judgemental based methods
visualising and communicating complex data and conclusions
balance of investment across disparate capabilities and lines of development.
The call document provides more information about the areas covered by the call. Proposers are encouraged to get in touch with CDE before expending significant effort on preparing a proposal.
Call closes 17 Jan 2012 (1200 noon)