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Funding for Original Research to Find Explosives Hidden in Electrical Items

The government has announced £3 million research funding to support innovative research to develop new ways of detecting explosive devices concealed in electrical items. This is part of the Future Aviation Security Solutions (FASS) programme.

FASS, a joint Department for Transport and Home Office programme, is working closely with industry partners to stimulate and fund research into a broad range of potential security innovations from initial concepts through to commercial products. The fund is being run as part of a wider multi-million pound initiative to deliver a step change in aviation security through Future Aviation Security Solutions (FASS).

Product developers are invited to bid for money by submitting proposals for original research in the field of concealed explosives. And new methods of detecting whether electrical items have been tampered with or appear irregular are also of interest.

The proposals can focus on either screening electrical items within bags at an airport’s central search area, or the use of more portable technology to screen items at other points in the passenger journey.

Once ready for commercial use, the new technologies will enhance our ability to prevent terrorist attacks on aviation while improving the experience of passengers.

“Aviation security is a government priority and one with an ever changing threat landscape.

We need to embrace and encourage the talent from industry that will allow us to stay several steps ahead of those who wish us harm.” Ben Wallace, Security Minister

The full criteria for this open fund can be found on the Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) website. For more details, please contact: Fass@dft.gsi.gov.uk


This is just one of the routes to funding that FASS is offering to the research and technology community. FASS also encourages applications for research funding via DASA’s Open Call for Innovation . This funding mechanism is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and evaluates ideas, products and services from anywhere in the UK or abroad.