UK registered organisations can apply for a share of £8 million to help develop the Digital Security by Design (DSbD) ecosystem. This competition is run by the Digital Security by Design Challenge in collaboration with Innovate UK and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. The funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

The competition aims to fund a range of projects that can enrich and expand the DSbD software ecosystem prior to the availability of commercial hardware. According to the brief, all projects will “leverage the DSbD Technology Hardware Prototype (also known as Morello Board) to work on a focused area within a selected and specified software stack or Operating System or developer toolchain used by a digital system.”

They must focus on one of the following:

  • Enriching the evolving Morello Stacks
  • Expanding overall support and make available additional DSbD enabled software stacks, toolchains and components

All projects must:

  • Request a total grant of between £200k and £1.4m
  • Start on or after 1st April 2022
  • End before 31st December 2024
  • Last between 12 and 30 months
  • Carry out all of its project work in the UK
  • Intend to exploit the results from or in the UK

In addition, the lead organisation must be a UK registered business or research organisation. They can collaborate with other businesses or research organisations.

Please note that if a research organisation is the lead, any partners who are non-research organisations cannot receive funding directly from the grant. As well as this, applications led by research organisations must include letters of support from all collaborative partners.

For more information, visit the competition page. An online briefing event will take place on 5th October which you can register to attend here. If you are looking for bid writing support, please contact us to arrange a free consultation.