The Ministry of Defence is to invest in projects that look at ways of using autonomous systems in the ‘last mile’ of the supply chain to front-line military operations.
Up to £1.5 million is available in the first phase of the competition. There is up to an additional £1.5 million in phase 2 that includes proposed system designs. This will only be available to projects funded through phase 1.
Programme: Innovate UK
Award: Up to £80,000
Opens: 19th Apr 2017
Closes: 21st Jun 2017
This Defence and Security Accelerator (Accelerator) competition seeks to develop and demonstrate the use of autonomous systems to deliver mission-critical supplies, focusing on the challenging ‘last mile’ resupply in the land environment.
The ‘last mile resupply’ involves the delivery of combat supplies from the forward-most location (such as a physical base or a logistics/infantry vehicle) to personnel engaged in combat operations. Although relatively small in distance, these resupply activities are challenging as they are in an environment that is typically hostile, complex and contested. These activities need to quickly and efficiently deliver vital supplies in order to maintain operational tempo and enable successful mission outcomes.
It’s important to note the last mile is a concept, not a fixed distance, and may be up to 30km in some scenarios.
The competition is for fully funded development contracts.
Phase 1 contracts are likely to be worth between £40,000 and £80,000 and last up to 6 months.
The aim of a last mile resupply system is to:
To achieve an autonomous last mile resupply system (ALMRS), development and demonstration of technologies in 3 key areas are required, which have been set as the 3 technical challenges for this Accelerator themed competition:
For additional information on these challenges, please see Annex A.
Phase 1 is looking for proposals to address the 3 technology challenges.
Key milestones in phase 1 will be:
When submitting your proposal you need to decide which challenge your proposal meets. You can submit more than one proposal if your technology covers more than one challenge. To ensure a broad range of good value for money proposals, funding for the same technology will only be applied once – unless the proposal can be applied in a completely different way. For your phase 2 proposal you should consider partnering with another organisation (if required) to improve your chances of success at phase 2.
For further details on Phase 2 & 3, click here.