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30 September 2014

200 St Vincent Street, Glasgow G2 5SG

30 Sept 2014


  •  Do you have an innovation to advance our defence medical science?
  • Are you able to provide a synthetic solution to biological applications in defence?
  • Do you have an idea for challenging existing conventions in defence?

About this Event

Please join CENSIS, the University of Glasgow’s Encompass Project and the Centre for Defence Enterprise in Glasgow for this networking and briefing event to announce three major funding calls.

The Centre for Defence Enterprise (part of the MOD’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory) is the entry point for new science and technology providers to the defence sector. It brings together innovation and investment for the defence and security markets. DDE funds novel, high risk, high potential benefit research. They work with a wide range of science and technology providers which include academia and small companies. They develop cost effective capabilities in the UK for the armed forces and national security.  CDE is part of the Defence Science and Technical Laboratory.

Call 1: CDE Defence Medical Sciences

Defence medical science is at the forefront of advancing our ability to provide instant medical care and new ideas in surgical and general defence health care.  This also has benefits for our own health service as ideas are then taken on in general health care.  £500,000 is available to fund advance defence medical science.  The competition is made of two challenges that support emerging and priority areas for defence medicine:

  1. Technologies for health surveillance
    Health surveillance can provide evidence that supports medical intervention to preserve and improve physical and cognitive ability.  This challenge wants to identify area of physiology that when combined, forms a measure of health and wellbeing. Identification for the propensity for injury, infection and disease should also be included so that corrective action can be applied.
  2. Advanced medical systems for first responders
    Post Afghanistan operational medicine will evolve with new methods of field medicine being introduced. Medical capability will rely on smarter, innovative and less logistically intense ways of providing emergency care. The challenge seeks to identify and demonstrate innovative technologies that can be used routinely by non-experts to identify the cause and severity of injury and aid in the provision of care.

Call 2: CDE Synthetic Biology for Defence Competition

Within synthetic biological applications in defence we have the ability to draw upon data to provide ever increasingly customised and sophisticated methods of understanding the human body and reacting to challenges instantaneously. Up to £1 million is available to provide solutions within this area.  There are three main challenge areas:

  1. Improved ability to protect personnel and systems
  2. Novel sensor technologies for defence and security
  3. Potential revolutions in capability for wider defence and security application

Call 3: CDE Enduring Challenge Competition

In addition military advisors and technical experts from the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory will give an overview of some areas where innovative research ideas are sought for CDEs ongoing and enduring challenge competition which has a budget of around £3m per year. Proposals are assessed in monthly cycles.

This competition is open to highly innovative ideas that challenge existing conventions and have high benefit to impact military end users. Research proposals are sought in the following areas:

  • Protection (personnel, platforms, facilities, digital systems, materials)
  • Situational Awareness (sensors, precision navigation and timing, reduced GPS dependability, persistent surveillance, status of digital systems)
  • Power (provision/sources, non-fossil, hybrid, management, fuel efficiency, means of propulsion)
  • Communications (secure, unsecure, mobile, novel)
  • Data (cyber, information, big data, management and processing, sense making, visualisation, delivery, interoperability)
  • Lethality weapons (conventional, novel, directed energy, defence, less than lethal)
  • Mobility platforms (air, land, sea, space, human)
  • Human performance (physical and mental, systems interface, survivability, sustainment, training and medical)
  • Lower cost of ownership platforms (equipment, facilities).

Further Information and Speakers

Head of CDE, Andy Nicholson will introduce CDE and give an overview of proof of concept research funding opportunities for innovative science and technology providers.

Bruce Hardie, CDE’s Technology Manager will talk about how to create an effective proposal for CDE funding.

You will be able to pre-book a face to face meeting with CDE experts to discuss your proposal in any of the themed competitions.  You will have the opportunity to meet other potential bidders, current suppliers and military experts. You will also see examples of successful CDE projects.


The event holds huge opportunities to be involved at the forefront of innovation in medical, life science and technology areas for the future.


The networking and briefing event will be very popular and places are limited. Details about how to register are to be posted on the Centre for Defence Enterprise website and registration is now open.