06/09/2012 - Call Closes Thurs 6 Sep 2012 at 1700
'Generation-After-Next' CBR Hazard Mitigation Systems: Innovative Approaches and Underpinning Science
- Call closes at 1700 on Thursday 6 September 2012.
The Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) proves the value of novel, high-risk, high-potential-benefit research sourced from the broadest possible range of science and technology providers, including academia and small companies. CDE enables development of cost-effective capability advantage for UK defence and security.
This CDE themed call for research proposals focuses on proof-of-concept and/or demonstration-of-benefit studies that have the potential to lead to generation-after-next chemical, biological and radiological (CBR) hazard mitigation (HM) systems. This could be partial demonstration of a new technology, or a theoretical or experimental approach that allows a better understanding of the phenomena that underpin HM.
HM systems deal with the consequences of a release of chemical, biological or radiological materials, which can be liquid drops or solid particulates. HM systems locate, monitor, contain, remove, neutralize and verify the absence of residual hazards. These activities could be conducted on small items of equipment (some of which may be relatively fragile opto-electronics), vehicles (land, sea and air) and buildings and infrastructure. This CDE call seeks innovative approaches to reduce the level of materials and manpower required to deploy HM systems. It is assumed that the detection of an event and donning of protective equipment will have occurred prior to instigation of HM measures.
Current-generation HM systems employ: liquid decontaminant sprays (with sufficient solvency and reactivity to aid removal and neutralisation of contaminants); peelable, absorbent coatings and absorbent powders (to contain contamination and assist removal); vapour detectors and colour-change detector papers (to monitor and verify HM measures, as opposed to initial detection of an event). Generation-after next systems would move HM towards “do nothing” systems (eg self-decontaminating/indicating surfaces). Global research areas include, but are not limited to: development of neutralization chemistries; new strategies for agent containment; responsive materials that employ molecular recognition to trigger a response to contamination; mathematical modelling; synthesis/stabilization/scale-up of beneficial materials; advances in spectroscopy, electrochemistry or other analytical techniques; directed-energy approaches; and effluent/solid-waste management. Ideas will be welcomed from a broad spectrum of science.
The presentations from the launch event and a narrative call document are provided below.
Technical queries about this call should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Capacity to answer these queries is limited in terms of volume and scope. Queries should be limited to a few simple questions or if provided with a short (few paragraphs) description of your proposal, the technical team will provide, without commitment or prejudice, broad yes/no answers. This query facility is not to be used for extensive technical discussions, detailed review of proposals or supporting the iterative development of ideas. While all reasonable efforts will be made to answer queries, CDE and Dstl reserve the right to impose management controls when higher than average volumes of queries or resource demands restrict fair access to all potential proposal submitters.
This call will close at 1700 on Thursday 06 September 2012.
All proposals must be submitted via the CDE Portal.
General queries should be sent directly to CDE at email@example.com.
CBR Hazard Mitigation CDE Call - Launch Event Presentations (7.1 MB)
CBR Hazard Mitigation CDE Call - Call Document