Key features: Investment of up to £5m in collaborative R&D projects to stimulate the development of marine and maritime autonomous systems.
Programme: Collaborative research and development
Award: Up to £5m
Opens: 13 Oct 2014, 00:00
Registration closes: 19 Nov 2014, 12:00
Closes: 26 Nov 2014, 12:00
Support phone number: 0300 321 4357
Maritime autonomous systems
- long endurance sensing to improve sustainable use of marine resources while also monitoring the impacts of human activity
- data gathering and intervention to reduce risk and cost in the global offshore energy market
- military applications include improved mine hunting, surveillance and reconnaissance capability improved integration and effectiveness of cargo and passenger transport.
- operations in a harsh environment
- safe navigation
- launch and recovery.
- collision avoidance, focused on situational awareness, hazard detection/recognition, robust avoidance reactions including logical appearance to other vessels, and safe surfacing for UUVs
- reliable operation within, and reaction to, changing environmental conditions, for example, sea state, weather and tidal streams
- reaction to system failures
- reduction in the loading on operators, noting the importance of human factors
- operation, including docking, in confined waters in the presence of manned craft.
- anti-tamper design
- data security as specific to the requirements of maritime operations.
- improved energy density
- developments in energy harvesting
- energy management specific to maritime autonomous operation
- low power demand systems providing significant vessel endurance
- technologies to assist longer term operation, such as automated maintenance and fouling control.
- launch and recovery of unmanned systems, at sea, from non-specialist manned vessels with limited deck space and no stern ramp
- launch and recovery of UUVs, at sea, from USVs
- developments in underwater and above water docking stations with functions including battery charging and data transmission.
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Funding allocation and project details
- Competition opens: 13 October 2014
- Competition briefing: 15 October 2014
- Registration deadline: 19 November 2014 (noon)
- Expressions of interest (EOI) deadline: 26 November 2014 (noon)
- Stage 2 opens for invited applicants: 15 December 2014
Deadline for invited applications: 4 February 2015 (noon)
- Competition helpline: 0300 321 4357