News from the UK Government

18 June 2019

DASA Competition - Intelligent ship: the next generation

This competition is seeking proposals for novel and innovative projects that enable and facilitate the wider use of intelligent systems within future warships, with the potential for wider utilisation across defence.

The aim is to start to de-risk and evaluate technologies and approaches that could enable alternative, revolutionary future fleet concepts that can maintain or enhance UK military advantage. This aim is based on a future vision where elements of automation, autonomy, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) are closely integrated and teamed with human decision makers.

It is expected that this will ensure timely, more informed and trusted decision making and planning, within complex, cluttered, contested and congested operating and data environments (henceforth referred to as the future operating environment).

£1M is available to fund multiple innovative proposals that form phase 1, with an additional £3M potentially available to fund follow-on phases.

Proposals for funding to meet these challenges must be submitted by 23 July 2019 at midday via the DASA submission service for which you will be required to register.

The funding of £1M is expected to fund approximately 10 proposals. Proposals must be for less than £100k each. Any proposals received that are in excess of £100K cost to DASA will be automatically deemed non-compliant. If successful, contracts will be awarded for a duration of 6 months.

Additional funding for further phases to increase TRL further may be available. Any further phases will be open to applications from all suppliers and not just those that submitted phase 1 successful bids.

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