Project innovation fund for Prevent

Key Features

Businesses can apply for a share of up to £1.5 million for innovative projects to prevent vulnerable people from being drawn into terrorism

Programme:     SBRI

Award:     Up to £100,000

Opens: 30th Aug 2016

Closes: 12th Oct 2016

! This scheme is now closed

The Home Office’s Office for Security and Counter Terrorism (OSCT) is investing in innovative projects to prevent radicalisation and terrorism. This is a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition. It will be funded through the Project Innovation Fund for Prevent.

The aim of this competition is to develop innovative solutions for understanding and preventing radicalisation and support for terrorism.

Successful projects should produce an outcome, resource or new technology that builds understanding and prevention of radicalisation and support for terrorism.

Eligible activities

Projects must focus explicitly on one or more of the objectives below in line with the Prevent Strategy.

  • increasing the understanding of and reducing the risk of radicalisation within a particular sector (for example, health sector)
  • increasing the understanding of and reducing the risk of radicalisation within a particular demographic (such as young people)
  • delivering new and innovative ways of working to deliver Prevent objectives
  • working with vulnerable individuals or groups through outreach projects
  • helping project participants to develop the judgement skills to challenge others’ views confidently
  • addressing terrorist use of the internet, including by:
    • improving understanding of the manifestation, dissemination and impact of terrorist content online
    • building an evidence base to show how radicalising networks form online, and how they can be disrupted
    • raising awareness of terrorist propaganda online, and promoting digital resilience by equipping individuals with the skills to protect themselves and others
    • developing technical solutions to protect those in important sectors, such as education and health, from terrorist content online

Evaluation will be provided and delivered centrally by the Home Office.



Eligibility to apply

The competition is open to applicants in sectors including:

  • civil society, community and voluntary groups
  • education
  • out-of-school settings that support children
  • health
  • businesses, including small and medium-sized enterprises
  • registered charities

To lead a project you must:

  • be an organisation of any size
  • work alone or in collaboration with others (statutory bodies, charities and third sector

Non-commercial organisations must demonstrate a route to market for their project outputs.

Single or multiple local authorities can submit proposals, as long as funding is not used for staff remuneration. These must be in partnership with organisations in any of the eligible sectors listed above.

Funding and project details

All proposals must involve an organisation that leads the project.

Evaluations for proposals for value for money will be carried out.

Applicants must agree to undertake the British Values test. Offers of funding are subject to due diligence checks conducted by the Home Office and its partners. This is to ensure the proper use of funds.

Projects are expected to be completed by the end of the financial year 2016/17 and are expected to range in size from total costs of £10,000 to £100,000, depending on the type of project. The Home Office will provide funding for evaluation separate to this. Please do not include evaluation costs in your bid.