Organisations can apply for a share of up to £1 million to reduce the risk of common chemicals used in household and personal care products being used for non-legitimate activities.
Award: Share of up to £1 million
Opens: 23rd May 2019
Closes: 3rd Jul 2019
This Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) competition is seeking proposals that can reduce the risk of common chemicals used in household and personal care products being used as explosives precursors or precursors for the production of chemical or biological agents. Approaches that will offer substitutes for these compounds or additives that will reduce the risk of their misuse are welcomed.
The focus for this competition is on substances that are precursors to explosives, chemical or biological agents. Explosive, chemical and biological agents, produced for legitimate purposes, are well regulated and controlled, but there are a range of commercially available products containing precursors which can be used to make homemade versions.
Many of these precursors are available on the high street such as in household cleaning or personal care products. Precursors which are easy to extract and concentrate, and that are available in large volumes, are of particular concern.
Simply banning them is not practicable due to their legitimate uses and therefore substitutes are sought. Alternatively it may be more appropriate to use additives, which would make concentration or extraction of the precursor more difficult, rather than to actually replace it in a legitimate product.
DASA want novel ideas that will enhance UK national security. Your proposal should include evidence of:
Proposals demonstrating novel approaches are invited against one or two of the following challenges:
Challenge 1: Substitutes
Challenge 2: Additives
Challenge 3: Priority Precursors
More information on all 3 challenges can be found here.
DASA will not fund proposals that: