This Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) competition is seeking proposals that can help UK defence and security to develop capability in ‘Behavioural Analytics’.
Award: Share of up to £2 million
Opens: 11th Jun 2020
Closes: 13th Aug 2020
DASA is looking for scientific and technological solutions that can provide context-specific insights into the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of individual, group and population behaviour, enabling predictions about how they are likely to act in the future.
Following the progress of Phase 1, Phase 2 seeks to fund further development from proof of concept research into demonstrations that can show the art of the possible against challenges faced by defence and security practitioners.
DASA are looking for theoretical and technological developments, beyond proof of concept, to result in working models, tools and techniques that can be verified and validated against data sets with relevance to the defence and security operating environment.
In Phase 2 there are two challenge areas. These challenges will provide solutions to reliably understand and forecast attitudes and behaviours of individuals, groups and populations. It is important to note that these should not be viewed as rigid, singular challenges – they are not mutually exclusive. Your proposal must meet at least one of the challenges, but DASA welcome bids that address both where appropriate.
Challenge 1: How can we harness and analyse new sources of data to reliably understand and forecast behaviour in a defence and security context?
This challenge is looking for innovations that not only identify new sources of data but that can analyse this data to draw conclusions that are validated and verifiable.
DASA want to improve confidence levels in the relationships between data and behaviour (qualitatively and quantitatively) and develop game changing solutions to harness the value from the vast amount of data generated by humans.
Challenge 2: How can we help practitioners to understand and use insights from behavioural analytics in a defence and security context?
This challenge looks at how we can improve usability of results from Behavioural Analytics by an end user to help inform their decision making, including how we can calculate and communicate the relative reliability of the insight derived. It focusses on fundamental questions such as ‘What does useful mean?’, ‘Can I trust this data / advice / forecast?’, ‘What biases underpin these results?’ and from an end user perspective ‘What form of understanding do I really need?’
For this phase/competition, £2M is currently available to fund proposals.
For this competition DASA are not interested in proposals that: