New Dstl funding boosts marine industry competition

Mon, 03 February 2014

An extra £2m has been added to the funding available for our collaborative R&D competition, ‘Vessel Efficiency II - better systems at sea' - taking the total to £5m.

The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) has provided the extra funding as a major contribution to the programme's aims - to help find and develop innovative ways to improve the efficiency of marine vessels and reduce their emissions.

Iain Gray, the Technology Strategy Board's chief executive, said: 

"There is a breadth of expertise in the UK's marine industry and it is important to build on this strong position and fully embrace opportunities worldwide in this sector. 

"The funding from Dstl will provide additional support for UK businesses to work together on innovative ideas and rise to the challenge of improving vessel efficiency."

Following the success of our first vessel efficiency funding competition - Vessel efficiency: Piloting UK marine and maritime innovation - this new competition aims to encourage the transfer of innovation from civil to defence applications and vice versa.

The aim is to build collaboration across the marine and maritime sector, improve the viability of supply chains, ensure continuity of supply, and create opportunities for smaller businesses. 

Dr Philip Smith, a maritime expert at Dstl, said: 

"I was very impressed by the number of high-quality proposals received under the first vessel efficiency competition, which illustrated that solutions to increase vessel efficiency are as applicable to both civil and naval ships. 

"I am therefore very pleased that Dstl has been able to increase the budget of the second vessel efficiency competition by £2 million and I look forward to seeing the proposals."

Find out more about the ‘Vessel Efficiency II - better systems at sea' collaborative research & development funding competition.


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