Metal detection for fast parcels

Key Features

Businesses can apply for a share of £150,000 to develop a device that detects metallic threat items in fast parcel depots

Programme:     SBRI

Award:     Up to £50,000

Opens: 19th Sep 2016

Closes: 12th Oct 2016

! This scheme is now closed

The aim of this competition is to fund the development of techniques for detecting the metal in threat items including firearms, their components and ammunition. The system must activate an alarm. The device should be suitable for use with the conveyor belts used at fast parcel depots.

Proposals should either

  • modify existing equipment to activate an alarm when threat items are detected
  • develop novel techniques that will activate an alarm when threat items are detected

Range of items to be detected

A full list will be made available when the contract is awarded. This will include a range of metallic, combined metallic and some non-metallic threat items, in a range of sizes. The Home Office Centre for Applied Science and Technology (CAST) can provide controlled access to the representative detection environment and threats. Please state clearly in your proposal what you would like CAST to provide.

Click here to read representative detection environment for the lab demonstration.



The Home Office is seeking to fund the development of innovative products by industry and academia.

To lead a project, you must:

  • be a UK-based business or university
  • carry out your project in the UK

Funding details

Funding will be awarded across several contracts. Contracts are expected to range in size from total costs of £30,000 to £50,000, depending on the type of project. All contracts must be completed by 31 March 2017.

For further information on this competition, click here.