• Status: Closed

  • Key features: This CDE themed competition seeks research proposals to develop a prototype solution to provide an unstructured and open-source data analytics platform for defence.

  • Programme: SBRI

  • Award: £250,000 for Phase 1

  • Opens: 09 Jun 2015, 08:47

  • Registration closes: No deadline

  • Closes: 13 Aug 2015, 17:00

  • Support phone number: Contact Public Contracts Scotland

Open source big data insight


Ministry of Defence logo£250,000 of funding is available for this Phase 1 competition, with a further £2 million potentially available for Phase 2.
The Ministry of Defence's (MOD) Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) proves the value of novel, high-risk, high-potential-benefit research sourced from the broadest possible range of science and technology providers, including academia and small companies, to enable development of cost-effective capability advantage for UK Armed Forces and national security. 
MOD's Information Systems and Services (ISS) vision is to deliver information capabilities by developing closer alignment with industry partners. Hence, this CDE themed competition seeks to develop a prototype solution to provide an unstructured and open-source data analytics platform for defence.
Proposed solution should:
  • take in data from documents, raw files, scanned files and structured data sources
  • analyse data and integrate with multiple analysis tools using information structures provided by ISS 
  • provide a configurable dictionary
  • visualise the data and its dependencies
  • allow further development of the platform
  • demonstrate innovation and interoperability to open standards
ISS intends to take forward successful outputs of CDE-funded projects from this themed competition for phase-2 funding. Subject to exploitable solutions being delivered from phase 1, it's anticipated that up to £2 million will be made available for phase 2. 
This competition will be briefed at the CDE Innovation Network event on 24 June 2015 in London and at a webinar on 17 July 2015.
This CDE themed competition will close on Thursday, 13 August, 2015 at 5pm.
All proposals must be submitted via the CDE Portal. 

Application Process and supporting downloads

This competition is run by the Centre for Defence Enterprise. 
Open Date:  2 June 2015
Close Date:  13 August 2015
Contracts awarded: TBC
Call: 01235 438 445