A Competition to seek new technologies and approaches to improve the ability to detect the widest possible range of explosives, weapons and other threat materials that can be taken on board an aircraft.
Up to £1 million is available for Phase 1 of the Competition. The provider expects to fund a number of projects around £40,000 to £80,000 with research lasting up to six months, with Phase 1 deliverables completed by the end of October 2017.
Up to another £1 million will be made available for phase 2 of the Competition. Only projects funded through Phase 1 will be considered on a per-project basis at Phase 2.
The Future of Aviation Security Competition is a Centre for Defence Enterprise themed Competition and is a part of the joint Department for Transport and Home Office Future Aviation Security Solutions (FASS) programme.
The aim of the Competition is to seek new technologies and approaches to improve the ability to detect the widest possible range of explosives, weapons and other threat materials that can be taken on board an aircraft.
The Competition aims to help the government, the Civil Aviation Authority and the aviation industry to improve airport security processes by staying ahead of evolving threats and maintaining a high level of confidence in threat detection.
CDE cannot accept proposals from other government departments, agencies or public bodies, or any government-funded organisations (where the funding is not won through a competitive process), either in the UK or overseas.
For this competition the provider is not interested in proposals for:
- paper-based studies or literature reviews;
- solutions that do not offer significant benefit to security;
- incremental improvements;
- projects that only offer a written report – the provider is looking for a practical demonstration;
- projects that cannot demonstrate feasibility within the phase 1 timescale.
Work is being conducted in a number of related areas under other Government programmes, the following are therefore out of scope for this competition:
- Demonstrations of off-the-shelf products.
- Mitigation of Cyber-attacks.
- Mitigation of collisions, deliberate or otherwise, with an external object (for example drones).
- The import or export of banned or controlled substances.
- Mitigation of attacks in crowded places such as at check-in areas
- Projects that only consider safety requirements rather than security for example safety of carrying lithium batteries.
The scheme is open to all. Submissions are welcome from all organisation types and individuals. There are no nationality restrictions.
Only projects funded through Phase 1 will be considered on a per-project basis at Phase 2.
The provider is seeking new technologies and approaches to enhance threat detection while minimising the inconvenience of undergoing screening and of carrying out that screening. There should be a positive impact on the customer and the operator, and be in line with the government’s priorities to create a safer, more secure and sustainable transport system for all.
This CDE competition seeks proposals to the following two challenges:
- Screening of people and their hand luggage - This challenge seeks original and innovative ideas that will continue to prevent threat items concealed about a person or in hand baggage from being taken on board an aircraft. For this challenge, threats to consider are weapons, explosive and incendiary devices (including component parts/materials).
- Screening of aviation cargo and hold luggage - This challenge seeks original and innovative ideas that will continue to prevent explosives being taken on to aircraft via cargo and hold baggage, while improving volume and speed of throughput and providing cost effectiveness. For this challenge, threats to consider are explosive and incendiary devices.