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INNOVATION UK30INNOVATION UKAerospace & Defence centre for defence enterprise MOD suports CDE suces Director, Science and Technology Operations, Dr Chris Mace believes that CDE's success proves that MOD is accessible and open to anyone who wishes to find out more and contribute to UK defence. " MOD is positive and supportive of this new way of doing business. Our success is dependent on being agile and responsive to our suppliers and being able to recognise and encourage inno-vation - wherever it derives. We have shown that we are approachable and can reach out and communicate with potential suppliers and that our shared goals will enable us to produce cutting- edge technology to support troops." Spedy asesment of proposals The whole proposal and assessment process is handled through a secure bespoke online service. The CDE operates against standard Ts & Cs which are normally non- negotiable. Full details are available on the website www. science. mod. uk All proposals are assessed within the Performance Assess-ment Framework ( PAF) which provides a common frame-work across the whole MOD Research Programme. The framework gives guidelines for assessing supplier pro-posals for research, assessment of ongoing work and performance assessment for completed projects. Asses-sors are drawn from across the MOD, including Defence Science and Technology Laboratories ( Dstl) and the Defence Scientific Advisory Council ( DSAC), which is a non- departmental public body of MOD providing inde-pendent and learned advice. In- depth knowledge of MOD means that the CDE team can decide on the right assessment route for each pro-posal: " The time spent on assessment is tailored to the value and complexity of the proposal, with the simpler and lower- value proposals receiving a more rapid assessment. Proposals for funding over £ 100,000 require more consid-eration so lower- value applications for less than £ 60,000 are likely to receive a quicker decision," explains Almey. MOD follows UK government policy on IPR which is detailed in DEFCON 705 ( Intellectual Property Rights, Research and Technology) which vests ownership of the intellectual property with research providers. This means that research can be more rapidly exploited which is actively encouraged by MOD, both in defence and for commercial applications. Full details are available on the website www. science. mod. uk " Defence Technology Plan" increases the pace Commitment to science and innovation is underlined in the " Defence Technology Plan" ( DTP) setting out MOD's long- term research objectives. The DTP contains a cost- balanced list of current research and development ( R& D) priorities, offering clear direction on investment in defence technology by artic-ulating the high- level R& D objectives and associated research activities. This aims to stimulate fresh, innova-tive thinking that will go on to meet forthcoming chal-lenges. The DTP exists only as an online publication allowing users to browse objectives and activities across MOD's main domains of activity: » » Ships and Submarines; » » Land Equipment; » » Air and Helicopters; Sharing the vision for defence capability A commitment to communicating MOD's vision for defence capability with new and existing suppliers. This has already been demonstrated through the publica-tions of the " Defence Technology Plan", events such as the Defence Research 2009 conference ( expected to be repeated in March 2010), the 2008 Grand Challenge and the ongoing success of the Centre for Defence Enterprise. Capability and technology road maping The provision of clearer guidelines on where business and industry can fit in with MOD research and equip-ment and support programmes. Smarter systems enginering The creation of a framework that will allow technol-ogy insertion and innovation to take place. This rec-ognises the importance of systems engineering, which ensures that equipment is procured effectively and has through- life potential. Improved busines models Development of business models that encourage fair reward for contributors and help transfer promising research in technology through to acquisition. Need for sped Encouraging innovators and suppliers by giving a quicker response to proposals and changing tender-ing and contracting procedures. MOD's commitment to new ways of working

UKINNOVATION UK31 Aerospace & Defence Centre for defence enterprise » » C4ISTAR and CBRN; » » Weapons; » » Cross- cutting Technologies; » » Joint Supply Chain. Capability Visions inspires inovation Capability Visions identify innovative options to address long- term defence challenges. They are intended to pro-mote a longer- term perspective, to stimulate new activity in the wider R& D community and to act as a guide for industry- funded research and for suppliers to seek new applications for existing technologies. The first Capability Visions were launched in Feb 09 and, working alongside the mainstream research programme, they add a further dimension in the drive to get the best innovation in key areas: » » Reducing the Burden on the Dismounted Soldier; » » Future Protected Vehicle; » » Reducing Operational Dependency on Fossil Fuels; » » Novel Air Concept; » » Electronics Defeat. The Capability Visions programme has used CDE exten-sively as a means of seeking new ideas with over 19 con-tracts ( worth a total of £ 886,000) already awarded and many more expected by the end of 2009. For more information contact: Centre for Defence Enterprise Start Electron Fermi Avenue Harwell Science and Innovation Campus Harwell Oxfordshire OX11 0QR Tel: 012 3543 8445 E- mail: science- enterprise@ mod. uk Website: www. science. mod. uk/ enterprise I have an idea with a defence application Develop your idea as a proposal Submit a ' Quad' chartSubmit your proposal Assessment by MOD Experts MOD has a need to solve a particular Attend one of challenge the regular " how to submit and idea" workshops Attend the relevant seminar for this challenge ( register on website) Or go direct to www. science. mod. uk/ enterprise Or go direct to www. science. mod. uk/ enterprise Idea not mature? Need additional info or an early opinion? Idea well- developed? Idea ready to develop as a proposal ( but no guarantee of success) Idea not likely to succeed in current form major rework required Reject - idea unsuitable for CDE consideration Approve/ Contract Reject including reasons OPEN IDEASPECIFIC CALL CDE proposal process See: www. science. mod. uk/ enterprise