UK Ministry of Defence: Tackling knife crime in the UK – detecting steel-bladed knives

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;
  • training.

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.

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