Background: UK Government is always looking to enhance border security with new technologies. As part of this the Home Office Centre for Applied Science & Technology (CAST) have been working to study the feasibility of using metal detection techniques to detect firearms within fast parcels and post, imported into the UK.
Investigations to date have demonstrated a promising capability despite the complex and challenging environments in which they need to operate.
Home Office studies have shown that there are a great number of techniques in this field, both established and in development, and are very keen to make use of any of them to pursue development beyond these initial investigations. This could be by adapting commercial equipment or supporting academic work.
The Home Office will be launching a Call to industry and academia later this year.
**Details on the requirements, finances and process for the Call will appear shortly on the .gov.uk competition site.**
- Opens: 19 Sep 2016
- Registration Closes: 05 Oct 2016
- Bid Clinic: 05 Oct 2016
- Application Deadline: 12 Oct 2016
About the Bid Clinic: This Bid Clinic in Central London wishes to engage interested parties from industry and academia to discuss in more detail CAST’s work to date and provide a forum for industry and academic researchers to refine their application and answer any questions surrounding the call and process.
IMPORTANT: REGISTRATION FOR THE COMPETITION WILL CLOSE ON THE 5TH OCTOBER (THE SAME DAY AS THE CLINIC), SO BEFORE YOU ATTEND THE BID CLINIC, MAKE SURE YOU:
- HAVE REGISTERED FOR THE COMPETITION AT https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/innovation-grants-for-business-apply-for-funding
- HAVE STARTED THE APPLICATION USING THE GUIDELINES ON THE COMPETITION PAGE
YOU SHOULD ATTEND THE BID CLINIC TO MEET TECHNICAL EXPERTS TO REFINE THE APPLICATION AND ADD CONTEXTUAL ELEMENTS TO THE APPLICATION
The Bid Clinic on 5th October will cover:
- Policy Context
- Work to Date
- Commercial and Application Process
- Registration does NOT guarantee a place. You will be notified as soon as possible whether you application to attend has been successful
- If your application to attend is successful, you will be required to provide photo ID at the venue
- The address of the venue will be provided to successful registrants prior to the event on the 5th October.