The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA)

DASA finds and exploits innovations which support the defense and security of the UK to help protect our people against our adversaries, faster and more effectively whilst generating economic value for the UK. We help businesses to grow and become successful. We provide funding and other support, helping people to access end-users, develop and test their products and linking our partners together.

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The UK Government’s Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) is a cross-Government organization, hosted by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), an Executive Agency of the Ministry of Defence (MOD). DASA was announced in the Government’s Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) in 2015 for government to help the private sector, allies and academia turn ideas into innovative equipment and services faster for national security users. Following a public consultation, DASA was launched on 16 September 2016 by the Secretary of State for Defence as part of the Defence Innovation Initiative.

The Accelerator went live in December 2016. DASA’s aim and objectives DASA exists to help Government access innovative ideas, equipment and services faster for national security and military users, in order to help maintain security and military advantage over our adversaries, in order to protect people. We are also helping to build prosperity for the UK in line with the aims of the Government’s Industrial Strategy. DASA’s mission is for the UK to have a strategic advantage through the most innovative defense and security capabilities in the world. We will find, fund and exploit innovations to support UK defense and security. DASA will seek to form key strategic partnerships with companies and organizations across the UK and internationally to help us achieve our mutual objectives. DASA’s objectives are to help defense and security customers to solve problems by:

a. Reach out and find ideas and opportunities by engaging widely to build networks with external organizations, private sector, academics, and individuals. We will encourage individuals and organizations to work with us who have not previously worked with defense and security.

b. Fund and support SMEs and academics to develop their ideas in partnership with front line stakeholders into workable demonstrators, products and services.

c. Work with defense and security stakeholders to exploit the best ideas, products, and services, in order to transfer them onto the operational front line and develop broader commercial and export potential.

d. Work collaboratively to form partnerships, co-ordinate and complement existing activity, and avoid any duplication, to enhance the overall innovation ecosystem.

e. Experiment with novel methodology and approaches in order to facilitate as wide a range of proposals as possible in order to find the best solutions.

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Year: 2012
Level of government: National/Federal government


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