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£10 Million DASA Funding for 66 Scottish Innovators

Graham Turner


DASA funding Scotland
DASA has funded over 66 innovators based in Scotland for defence and security related projects.

66 Scottish innovators have had their ideas funded through DASA’s Themed Competitions and Open Calls, with the underlying theme being technologies that will help solve the big challenges facing UK security.

Key technology areas that received funding in Scotland include space technology, photonics, LIDAR, AI, robotics and materials science.

DASA works locally, to support and advise innovators, providing a critical link to pull through innovation to aid the Ministry of Defence, Home Office, Department for Transport and other Government departments.

They have a team of regionally-based Innovation Partners, who are available to give advice to suppliers about their ideas and how they can best engage with DASA.

Speaking about the funding, Debra Carr, DASA Scotland Innovation Partner, says: “I’m thrilled that DASA has reached £10 million in funding for projects based in Scotland.

“It is a testament to the incredible work that has come through our competitions and a great showcase of Scottish contributions to vital areas of defence and security such as space, robotics, artificial intelligence and photonics. We greatly look forward to working with more Scottish innovators in the future.”


The largest funding award to a Scotland-based innovator was received by Spire Global, which gained £800k for its Radio Frequency (RF) Signals Detection and Geolocation Project, as part of the Space to Innovate Themed Competition.

On working with DASA, Theresa Condor, EVP & GM Spire Space Services at Spire Global Inc., said: “It is an honour for us to be selected by DASA for this mission in support of the UK Government and its defence activities and to be recognised as part of Scotland’s innovative space technology scene.

“Using Spire expertise in signal detection and geolocation, the project will take advantage of our capabilities as a space services provider and utilise the expertise and heritage of our low earth orbit nanosatellite constellation, consisting of more than 100 satellites and 17 ground stations globally.”

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