The Ministry of Defence, through the Defence and Security Accelerator, invites applications for its tackling knife crime in the UK – detecting steel-bladed knives challenge. This seeks proposals for innovative technologies and approaches that help reduce knife crime in the UK through the identification of people carrying steel-bladed knives.
The Home Office is interested in solutions that can identify people carrying, overtly or covertly, a wide variety of steel-bladed knives in public open spaces, including in crowds and uncontrolled areas where there is typically limited or no police or security presence. There is a requirement to detect these knives: on the person, typically in the presence of other commonly carried benign metallic items such as keys, phones, coins, belts and buckles, watches and jewellery; carried in bags for example, handbags and rucksacks, which may also contain a variety of other benign metallic and non metallic items. The focus is on steel-bladed knives with a blade length greater than 7.62 centimetres.
Proposals must address at least one the following challenges:
- screening people at pre-existing pinch-points;
- screening freely moving people;
- screening of people’s behaviours in crowds;
Funding & Duration
The total budget for phase 1 proof-of-concept studies at technology readiness level 2 and above is worth up to GBP £500,000 (approx. AUD $903,500), to fund multiple proposals.
Non-domestic (non-U.S.) Entities (Foreign Institutions) are eligible to apply.
Submission Requirements & Due Date
- Applications must be submitted for internal review by 14 November 2018
- Please email email@example.com if you are considering applying for this scheme.
- See also: Submitting an Application to Research Services for Review