Businesses can apply for a share of £950,000. This is to work with the Ministry of Justice on technological solutions to the problems that drones, drugs, mobile phones, and other contraband, pose within a prison environment.
Award: Up to £50k
Opens: 18th Sep 2017
Closes: 1st Nov 2017
The problems of drugs, mobile phones, drones and other contraband within prisons have been widely covered by the media.
The aim of this competition is to develop novel detection techniques to identify and reduce the threat of these items within prison environments. Proposals for phase 1 funding should set out new concepts and how they will be proved.
At phase 1 projects should address at least one of the following:
1. The detection, identification and location of mobile phones and SIM cards, including phones with very low metal content.
2. The detection and location of illegal substances, particularly in very small quantities.
3. The detection, identification and location of other contraband, including tobacco, alcohol, weapons and explosives.
4. The detection and identification of drones (also known as remotely-piloted airborne systems).
5. The capture or safe destruction of drones.
Phase 1 projects need to prove that the techniques are scientifically sound and practical to employ. Your solutions must be:
Specific competition themes
Your solution should be able to detect contraband in one or more of the following scenarios:
To lead a project you must:
Funding and project details
The Ministry of Justice has allocated up to £500,000 to fund innovation projects in phase 1 of this competition.
Individual phase 1 proposals can request project costs of up to £50,000.
**Please note** A further £450,000 has been allocated for phase 2 projects which requires concepts proven at phase 1 to be developed into working prototypes. Only winners of phase 1 projects will be invited to bid for phase 2 funding.
The SBRI process allows the Ministry of Justice to fund 100% of each project’s costs under the pre-commercial procurement (PCP) of research and development (R&D) protocol. Pre-commercial procurement is a way for the public and private sectors to share the risks and rewards of R&D. Contracts to carry out R&D services will be awarded by the Ministry of Justice to successful bidders.