UK launches security technology innovation programme

Today the Security Technology Research and Innovation Grants (S-TRIG) Programme launches, with applications now open. This programme is seeking businesses and academic institutions to address future challenges within national security.

This national security initiative between the Connected Places Catapult and the Department for Transport and Home Office’s Future Aviation Security Solutions (FASS) programme will identify innovative concepts that can help form future security solutions. S-TRIG is open to businesses and institutions who are seeking funding to conduct early stage feasibility studies, the programme will be awarding grants of up to £30,000 per project.

The research undertaken will be a steppingstone to further development, and will provide a strong basis for further funding opportunities through other government initiatives. There are five broad application areas and research may be based on one or cut across multiple application areas:

  • Aviation security
  • Border detection and security
  • Detection of contraband entering prisons
  • Protection of infrastructure and crowded places
  • Counter-drones

Nicola Yates OBE, CEO of Connected Places Catapult said:

“We are excited to launch this programme and look forward to seeing the innovative concepts that will help the UK to anticipate and get further ahead of complex national security challenges in the skies and on the ground.  We encourage businesses and institutions to get in touch to show us how their ideas and expertise can help build public safety, assurance and trust in these areas.”

For more information on the S-TRIG Programme and how you can apply by the 20th September 2020, click here