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Centre for Defence Enterprise

The Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) is part of MOD's Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl). We fund novel, high-risk, high-potential-benefit research to develop cost-effective capabilities for UK armed forces and national security. We work with the broadest possible range of science and technology providers including those who are new to the defence market. small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and universities and their spin-outs.

CDE is aligned with Innovate UK's Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI), but we have our own submission and assessment process.

You can submit a CDE proposal for a proof-of-concept research contract either at any time to our enduring competition, or in response to the technical challenges in our specific themed competitions as detailed on our website.

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