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Cyber security academic startup accelerator programme 2022-23

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Application Deadline: Wednesday 2 March 2022 11:00am

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) will work with Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, to invest up to £800,000 in innovation cyber security projects coming from an academic research base.

The aim of this competition is to identify the most promising commercial opportunities. Your proposal must include the area of your research, the problem that you are solving and your proposed solution.

The Cyber Security Academic Startup Accelerator Programme (CyberASAP) is a 1-year programme.

This is phase 1 of a 2-phase competition.

Phase 1 will last up to 4 months, split into 2 stages:

  1. An initial 2 months for value proposition development activities, followed by a presentation to an independent judging panel who will select teams to go to stage 2.
  2. A further 2 months for market validation activities.

Phase 1 will determine the value of the idea and, if appropriate, identify the best commercial route to progress. The programme will be supported by industry experts, including some from cyber security.

This competition has two funding strands for entry:

  1. Security of Digital Technologies at the Periphery (SDTaP) – commercialisation strand
  2. Open strand

You will be asked to specify which funding strand you are applying for in your application.

In applying to this competition, you are entering into a competitive process. The competition closes at 11am UK time on the deadline stated.

Eligibility

This competition offers two funding strands:

  1. Security of Digital Technologies at the Periphery (SDTaP) – commercialisation strand
  2. Open strand

You will be asked which funding strand you are applying for:

  1. The SDTaP – commercialisation strand, is open to eligible researchers from academic institutions that are active consortium members of the Privacy, Ethics, Trust, Reliability, Acceptability and Security (PETRAS).

Eligible researchers are those who have been funded from PETRAS as part of a research project. This strand offers commercialisation support for UKRI-funded project-based research results with promising innovation potential and societal impact. Applicable projects extend across the PETRAS current project portfolio as well as the legacy project portfolio of the PETRAS IoT Research Hub.

2. Open strand, is open for eligible individuals from academic institutions that are not eligible for the SDTaP – commercialisation strand.

This is phase 1 of a 2-phase competition.

Phase 1 will last up to 4 months, split into 2 stages

Your project must:

  • have total eligible costs for the two stages up to £32,000
  • have total eligible costs for the first stage up to £16,000
  • have total eligible costs for the second stage up to £16,000
  • start on 1 April 2022
  • end on 31 July 2022

Lead applicant

To be eligible for funding you must:

  • be based in a UK academic institution
  • have a cyber security idea
  • be interested in the commercialisation of your idea
  • have the support of your academic institution’s technology transfer office, or equivalent

Application Procedure

You must read the guidance on applying for a competition on the Innovation Funding Service before you start.

What we ask you

The application is split into 2 sections:

  • Project details
  • Application questions

Project details

This section provides background for the assessors and is not scored.
Application team

Decide which academic institution will work with you on the project if collaborative. Invite people from those organisations to help complete the application.

Official Website: Cyber security academic startup accelerator programme 2022-23

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