‘Disruptors’ are again being sought by the Complex Weapons Innovation and Technology Partnership (CW ITP) through its latest call for proposals for research projects.
Disruptor projects are a new addition to CW ITP and provide the opportunity for emerging technologies and innovations to be tested through short duration, low cost projects that can be contracted and delivered quickly. This provides the opportunity for ground-breaking activities, which, depending on the outcomes, could lead to follow-on, larger, CW ITP research activities.
The Call for Proposals opens/opened on 6th June and runs until the Submission deadline of 30th September 2022., up to €100k (or £GBP equivalent) research funding is available for projects to start in November 2022 and lasting a maximum of six months.
Disruptor calls are run twice annually. Examples of projects funded from the first call for proposals are Additive Manufacturing of high temperature ceramics, and the shock testing of materials. January’s call saw 14 proposals submitted and four (two in UK and two in France) are getting underway in mid-June 2022.
Julien Fort, Deputy Head of the CW ITP, said:
“If you have a research project on something that you think is game changing, but potentially high risk, albeit with a potential high reward, then CW ITP’s Disruptor call for proposals could be an avenue for funding. We are looking to find and fund the sort of emerging technologies that can have the same impact on Complex Weapons and how they perform as the emergence of heat resistant materials have in the area of hypersonics.”
The CW ITP welcomes proposals from both defence and non-defence organisations in the UK and France. In particular those from SMEs, academic institutions and research centres. Proposals can be collaborative across organisations in both countries or single source or single nation.
Ultimately, the objective of CW ITP is to mature a portfolio of technologies that hold the promise of major advances in complex weapons and application in the generation after next products.
For details of the submission process and for further information please sign up for CW ITP membership at www.cwitp.com