Maritime autonomous systems technology competitionIt follows news that the government has picked Portsmouth to be the home of a new £4m defence research base looking into such technologies. The competition, sponsored by Solent Local Enterprise Partnership, addresses underwater unmanned vehicles and unmanned surface vehicles for defence applications. It will be directed at SMEs that can create or safeguard jobs in the local defence supply chain. The total funding available is worth £1m and awards will be made for projects of up to £75,000 in value. The competition closes in April 2015.
Autonomous systems underpinning research competitionThis competition, addressing unmanned system enablers for all environments, is worth £1.5m. Open from September 2014 for a year, it will award projects of around £250,000 to be split into two phases.
Adaptive autonomous ocean sampling networks competitionThe Small Business Research Initiative competition, sponsored by the Natural Environment Research Council and Dstl, will take a closer look at the tracking of dynamic maritime features with unmanned vehicles. Their strategic plans call for new capabilities in marine robotics, for environmental research and for defence and security respectively. With a total of £1.5m available the competition is open from September 2014 for 18 months and will award projects of around £250,000 to be split into two phases. By Shané Schutte
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