February 2, 2021

marching military stock400x275The U.K.’s Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) has launched a competition seeking innovative ideas from industry and academia that could provide efficiencies for military logistics. The scope of the competition is covering two areas of innovation: autonomy and automation, and additive manufacturing.

The Right on Time: Automating Military Logistics competition is focused on innovative ideas in autonomy and the potential automation of the logistics chain. The goal is to develop technologies that inform future military user requirements across maritime, land and air domains.

Run on behalf of the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), the competition will provide a total of £800,000 to fund multiple proposals, with projects showcasing the innovation at an event to be held in September 2021 in the U.K. The group said it is likely that a larger number of lower-value proposals (ranging from £40,000 to £80,000) will be funded rather than a small number of higher-value proposals.

The competition closes at midday GMT on Thursday, March 25, 2021. Further details will be provided in an open forum that takes place on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021. In addition, a series of 15 minute one-to-one teleconference sessions are being held on Feb. 23, 2021.

More details can be found here; groups wishing to participate are also asked to complete a survey.