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Autonomous Systems Underpinning Research Programme Call for Research Proposals

The Autonomous Systems Underpinning Research (ASUR) programme, a defence research programme managed on behalf of Dstl by BAE Systems, has today announced a detailed request for proposals for research to enhance the development and operation of future autonomous systems for defence missions.

Specifically, Autonomous Systems Underpinning Research - ASUR 2014 proposals to address challenges related to unmanned sensor multi-layer control, optimisation and exploitation; enabling in-building operations; urban overwatch; understanding decision making in autonomous systems; mission viability and Verification, Validation and Accreditation of Autonomous Systems.

These fully-funded projects will normally have with a maximum length of 6 months and a maximum funding level of about £40,000, although longer projects may be considered.


ASUR Research Projects

The overall goal of ASUR is to provide the underpinning research that will support the development of intelligent, autonomous system technologies, and particularly UAS that will enable the UK Armed Forces to meet the operational challenges of the next decade and beyond.

The United Kingdom MoD Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) have contracted with a group of defence contractors to form the ASUR Consortium for the delivery of the ASUR programme. The Consortium comprises:

  • BAE Systems
  • MBDA
  • Thales
  • Rolls-Royce
  • QinetiQ
  • Roke Manor Research

This ASUR call is open to universities, SMEs, research centres and large companies with relevant research capability in the areas specifically targeted.

Successful proposals gain full funding from ASUR for their research, and retain ownership of the IPR resulting from the work. The UK MoD sponsor for ASUR also gains rights of use for UK government purposes. The ASUR consortium companies gain rights of use for ASUR purposes.

Proposals must be submitted in electronic form to the ASUR Programme Office (proposals@asur-programme.com) no later than 12 noon on Monday 13th October 2014 using the standard ASUR proforma.

The Autonomous Systems Underpinning Research Programme Targeted Call for Research Proposals - September 2014 can be downloaded from the ASUR Programme website.

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