DASA Open Call for Innovation – Cycle 1 – Defence Rapid Impact

Key Features

The Open Call is looking for innovative ideas to improve the defence and security of the UK. Your idea could be a concept, product or service, at various levels of maturity.

Programme:     DASA

Award:     Share of up to £250k

Opens: 6th Mar 2024

Closes: 14th May 2024

! This scheme is now closed


The Open Call is one of the funding competition mechanisms DASA uses to find proposals that address challenges faced by government stakeholders. It gives bidders the opportunity to present their ideas to defence and security stakeholders at any time, without waiting for a relevant Themed Competition.


The Open Call is looking for innovative ideas to improve the defence and security of the UK. Your idea could be a concept, technology or service. We currently run three distinct submission sections under the Open Call; Defence Rapid Impact and Innovation Focus Areas, details of each are given in the dedicated sections below.

DASA has a team of Innovation Partners that can provide you with support in working with DASA. If you’re interested in working with DASA, wonder if your idea may be relevant, want to discuss a specific competition, or need some guidance on how to submit a proposal, we encourage you to speak to your local DASA Innovation Partner.

Please note that DASA reserve the right to consider any proposal submitted under any of the submission sections if the proposal is viewed as more applicable to another section than that to which it was originally submitted.

It is expected that some proposals will be relevant to both defence and security.

Defence Rapid Impact

Suppliers may submit proposals into the Defence Rapid Impact section which address any defence challenge in line with the following requirements.

Defence Rapid Impact Innovations are viewed as those which will deliver a technology model or prototype demonstration at Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 6 or 7. This demonstration should be at a limited scale, in the hands of end users, and in the context or environment in which it is expected that the solution would be used. To be successful it will also have to provide evidence of how other MOD/Security business and capability requirements, such as the Defence Lines of Development (DLOD), could be satisfied should the project to be taken forward after the pilot.

Your project should have a realistic prospect of achieving an impact within a 3 year time frame from the completion of the project. Proposals will therefore only be funded if there is a strong customer requirement and capability need for the idea. Proposals could be pre-sifted from the competition prior to full assessment if user need is not explained.

Defence Rapid Impact proposals are contracted under the Innovation Standard Contract. Please review the DASA terms and conditions before submitting your proposal.

Security Rapid Impact

The Security Rapid Impact Open Call will not reopen before December 2024. In the meantime, we have a range of security focused competitions launched and in the pipeline so please keep an eye on the DASA website for further information.

Please follow the link to the previous Security Rapid Open Call Competition Information for previous cycles for reference only.

Innovation Focus Areas

While DASA are interested in funding a broad range of projects within the Open Call, we also seek proposals to address more specific enduring challenges faced by our defence and security customers. These are called Innovation Focus Areas (IFAs). Unlike DASA Themed Competitions, these are often broad in scope and will always be open for a minimum of two Open Call cycles.

If you are interested in any of the Innovation Focus Areas, please select the relevant IFA unique identifier number when creating your submission within the Innovation Focus Areas selection choices. Please note that both defence and security IFAs can be submitted under the Innovation Focus Areas section of Open Call.

For further information, see here

Funding Costs

No funding limit is specified, however we would typically expect to fund bids between £100K – £250K. Proposals that demonstrate value for money will be viewed favourably.