Value: £325k for all Phase 1 contracts
Funding will be provided by the Home Office's Centre for Applied Science and Technology (CAST). CAST exists to protect the public using science and technology by providing high quality, impartial advice, innovative solutions and frontline support to the Home Office and its partners, including the Police.
Misuse of alcohol and drugs is a significant issue in the UK. Reliable and accurate tests for the concentration of alcohol and drugs in the body support a number of Home Office policy initiatives including tackling drink and drug driving. Through this call for proposals, CAST aim to achieve a step-change in the detection of alcohol and drugs simultaneously in the human body through developing a non-intimate, rapid screening test.
Possible techniques could include:
optical measurement directly through the skin,
skin-surface measurements, and
breath or saliva measurements.
Other techniques may also be considered.
The intention is that such a test would be mobile and rapid and is initially intended to be for screening of subjects, but evidential use would be considered should the accuracy and procedural robustness of the test be sufficiently reliable.
Immunoassay techniques are not included within the scope of this competition as they do not offer the possibility of simple and rapid addition of new drugs and a very wide range of detection substances.
The competition will open on Tuesday, 6 May 2014 and close at midday on Wednesday, 9 July 2014.
This SBRI competition is run by the Technology Strategy Board. All proposals must be submitted via the Technology Strategy Board's Competitions Portal. A brief outlining the challenge will be available along with other documentation on the launch date.
Open date: 6 May 2014
Registration closes: 2 July 2014
Close Date: 9 July 2014
Contracts awarded: TBC