Organisations can apply for a share of £1 million in Stage 1 of this DASA funding competition, to develop an autonomously operating unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) system.
Award: Share of up to £1 million
Opens: 17th Apr 2019
Closes: 11th Jun 2019
This competition is interested in autonomous systems that can control underwater vehicles capable of performing an extended range of testing, for example, by delivering modular, adaptable payloads for a range of deployable and organic sensor and detection capabilities. Novel research and innovation is required to develop the autonomy needed to be able to control a XLUUV.
Stage 1 consists of the research and innovation to support autonomous system development including fitting to an existing vehicle and a short seaworthy / autonomy test; and Stage 2 consists of more in-depth testing to understand the future utility and concept of operations. Some minor refit/adaptation will be permitted between tests in Stage 2 but the system is expected to be adaptable in order to reduce down-time.
Proposals must address how you will achieve the following during seaworthiness and autonomy trials at the end of Stage 1:
The system should, by the conclusion of Stage 2, be able to:
Your proposal should include:
The funding of £2.5 million is expected to fund 1 proposal.
If successful, the contract will be awarded for 12 months duration with a further 24 months for Stage 2 dependent on the success of the Stage 1 capability demonstrations.
The current limit of liability stands at £2.5m (£1m for Stage 1; £1.5m for Stage 2).
The agreement will have an upper limit of £4.5m, to allow for any further increases in funding made available – though this is not anticipated.
Any proposals received that are in excess of £2.5 million will automatically be deemed non-compliant.
Bids should include indicative examples of the trialling and testing that could be conducted at Stage 2 for £1.5m to allow comparative evaluation of the bids.
For this competition DASA are not interested in proposals that:
Further details on the competition, what your proposal should include, assessment criteria and how to apply can be found here.