Apply for this DASA funding competition to develop and demonstrate the components of a telexistence solution to the defence and security community.
Award: Share of up to £500,000
Opens: 24th Sep 2020
Closes: 19th Nov 2020
This Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) competition, run on behalf of the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), aims to develop and demonstrate the components of a telexistence solution to the defence and security community.
A telexistence capability can be defined as a system, or a system of systems, which allows a human user to operate in an environment without physically being there. This could be achieved by using a real-time, remotely operated avatar which relies on the integration of:
This competition seeks to assess proposals from each of the three technology groupings (challenge areas), but submissions that combine two or more of these challenge areas are also encouraged.
The primary requirements that apply across each of the Phase 1 challenge areas include:
This competition has 4 aspirations:
To achieve these ambitions, Phase 1 will support the development and demonstration of the components of a telexistence system (or complete systems if this has already been achieved).
Submissions for this phase should identify how the system could be developed in the future to meet a defence and security use case. The Dstl project team is exploring several use cases for telexistence technologies, an example of which includes Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD). This technology concept could not only increase the speed of military deployment but also mitigate the human risk associated with operating in hazardous environments.
Total funding for this challenge is expected to be up to £500k for Phase 1.
If successful, contracts should complete by the end of May 2021.
Bids are expected to be no more than £100k, but an upper threshold has not been sent for the amount of proposals which may be funded as part of this Phase 1 competition.
DASA plan to fund multiple submissions during Phase 1 and expect the level of investment to vary depending on the maturity of the technology.
For this competition DASA are not interested in: