Defence Innovation Challenge 2020: opportunities for SMEs


NATO’s Communications and Information Agency (NCI) is accepting submissions, which focus on improving the performance of aerial radar for its fifth Defence Innovation Challenge. Solutions may use artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms to approach these challenges, but solutions are not limited only to these technologies.

Selected submissions will be evaluated in late summer in a virtual pitch session, and for the first time, the most promising of those pitches may subsequently be invited to bid for a contract in this area. As part of the bidding process, invited winners will be offered the opportunity to demonstrate their solutions in a NATO environment, to a relevant NATO audience.

Through the challenge, the NCI Agency aims to incentivise innovations that could be scaled to the NATO environment. Startups and SMEs from all 30 NATO Nations are particularly encouraged to apply.

Entries must be received by 15 June 2020. The top finishers will be announced in July-August 2020. Submission guidelines, terms of reference and timelines as well as details on the winners package can be found here.