Can the Film and Games industry help the military, and get paid for it? Or – Accessing Funds from the MoD for Digital Content

Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE), a division of Ministry of Defence, call for the Cyber and Influence Science and Technology Centre – Launch 1st November 2011, closing date: 8th Dec 2011 

This CDE call is for research proposals for innovative solutions to protect and secure UK interests in cyberspace. To date the CDE has run out of good ideas to fund but not run out of money!

The fund in total is approx £15million a year and the awards are for research projects in the range £50,000-£100,000 with results to be delivered in 3 – 6 months.  The CDE pay on delivery.  They do not take IP ownership, they take a perpetual license for their own use. The application form is exceedingly short. This current call relates to the creative industries and anyone involved in engaging audiences and influencing behavior. No unnecessary data is gathered and the research must pass the stringent ethics committee – so a lot of work produced in the film and games industries is relevant. To date one in five applications have been funded.

This is the beginning of a major focus on this area, so there will be more themed calls to follow but if you have a good idea then look into the Open Calls which are continuous for set subjects, with a cut off day of the last Thursday of every month, then 3 days for a decision.

Interesting phrases that I picked up at the briefing session:

‘TheBattleof the Narratives’ – communicating effectively and influencing extremists.

The effects of social media within the military and within the community.

‘Cyber Challenges’ – what will we be doing on the Internet next year?

‘Situational Awareness’ – presenting complex data to human decision makers in real time – and testing the effectiveness of human decision making versus artificial intelligence

Check out: Theme 3: Influence Though Cyber (Phase 2): Cyber-Influence, On-line / off-line behaviours, Social media monitoring and analysis, Cyber-ethnography or ‘netnography’, and Novel Approaches to dynamics of personality, leadership, trust and emotion in on-line settings.

Deliverables:

Tangible outputs – demonstrators, code, slide decks, reports (no longer than 10 pages but can refer to other longer pieces of work)

Projects should take 3-6 months (can take longer if needed – up to 18 months).

If this it successful then the research can lead on to larger projects, of those previously successful the average follow-on project was £450,000.

Top Tip: Read the Quick Guide on the application webpage before starting!

https://innovative.ideas.mod.uk/(Q(2))/Welcome.aspx?QTVShellInfo=.1

The C&I STC supports the implementation of the National Cyber Security Strategy across defence involving inter-disciplinary research across the physical, information and human sciences domains into the evolution of cyberspace and its influence on human behaviour. The C&I STC also works across Government to address the capabilities needed to secure theUK’s broader interests in cyberspace. This CDE call is for research proposals in following areas:

  • Theme 1: Cyber-Spectrum: Innovative spectrum defence technologies or techniques enabling wireless enabled cyber systems to survive in a hostile EM environment. Unconventional techniques and technology for generating cyber effect through the use of Radio Frequency spectrum.
  • Theme 2: Cyber Challenges: Understanding the Future Cyber Environment (information, data, tools & techniques and social-networking opportunities), Supply Chain Security, Cyber Situational Awareness (to improve timely decision making) and Cyber Networks Defence (resilience for fixed and adhoc networks comprising tactical, National, Allied, Coalition and campaign assets) .
  • Theme 3: Influence Though Cyber (Phase 2): Cyber-Influence, On-line / off-line behaviours, Social media monitoring and analysis, Cyber-ethnography or ‘netnography’, and Novel Approaches to dynamics of personality, leadership, trust and emotion in on-line settings.
Report on the briefing session by Gina Fegan, CEO, D-Media Network.