The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has selected the second round of winners of the Defence Growth Partnership (DGP) Innovation Challenge, including 16 contracts with small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
In the largest ever Centre for Defence Enterprise-run funding competition, 24 projects have been selected that aim to address the challenges associated with using autonomy and big data in defence.
Defence Minister Philip Dunne (pictured) said: “I’m particularly pleased to see so many of the winners from small and medium enterprises; their innovation is something that Defence is committed to harnessing and growing, in order to ensure that these bright sparks really fire up Defence capability for both our Armed Forces and our export customers around the world.
Among the successful bidders is Hampshire-based SME Polaris Consulting Ltd, which is being awarded three contracts for its proposals on maritime navigation, intelligence data, and route optimisation.
The £10 million Innovation Challenge was launched in March 2015 with the aim of encouraging the development of innovative defence products. It’s funded by MOD and delivered through the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory’s (Dstl) Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) in partnership with the DGP’s UKDSC and is fully compliant with the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI).
The full list of winners is available here