Share of up to £500,000 for innovative ‘Point of Care’ (PoC) diagnostics technologies that provide information to enable clinicians to earlier diagnose and ultimately treat individuals exposed to chemical and biological hazards.
Award: Share of up to £500,000
Opens: 25th Jul 2019
Closes: 26th Sep 2019
The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) is seeking proposals for innovative ‘Point of Care’ (PoC) diagnostics technologies that provide information to enable clinicians to earlier diagnose and ultimately treat individuals exposed to chemical and biological hazards.
At present, there is a limited diagnostic capability within overseas theatres of operations. Complicated multiplex technologies, capable of detailed analysis of patient samples, are generally found at locations where infrastructure is good and sufficient expertise is situated to analyse and interpret complex data outputs. Simpler technologies may be found closer to the frontline; however, while they may work in demanding austere environments, their output is limited in terms of sensitivity or specificity, as well as the diversity of potential targets they can detect.
It is anticipated that new PoC diagnostic devices applicable for this call will support one or more of the following requirements:
Technologies appropriate for this call at Phase 1 could currently exist at a range of TRLs up to TRL 6. Where lower TRL options (TRL 1-2) which offer innovative methodologies of detection are proposed, the supplier should aim to demonstrate proof-of-concept of detection of the chosen model agent in a complex sample background as a minimum. Where more established, higher TRL platforms (TRL 3-6) are proposed, suppliers should aim to demonstrate ease of adaptation of the current platform to detect the model analytes proposed.
It is anticipated that by the end of Phase 1 all technologies will have demonstrated a minimum of TRL of 3.
Future phases of work will aim to further raise the TRL technologies towards a higher TRL. Funding is provisionally available to achieve a minimum of TRL 4 by the end of the Phase 2.
A total of £500k is expected to fund 3 to 5 proposals.
The value of proposals should range from £50k to £150k. If successful, contracts will be awarded for a duration of up to 12 months (although proposals of shorter duration are also valid).
Additional funding for further phases to increase the TRL is potentially available. Any further phases will be open to applications from all suppliers and not just those that submitted successful Phase bids.
For this competition DASA are not interested in proposals that: