Dstl is searching for next-generation wearable technology

  • DASA Has Launched A New Themed Competition: Generation-After-Wearable Technologies
  • Funded by the Defense Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl)
  • Up to £ 750k funding available for innovative wearable technologies that focus on biocompatible materials that access information within an individual’s bodily fluids.

The Defense and Security Accelerator (DASA) is pleased to launch a new Themed Competition called Generation-After-Next Wearable Technologies. Run on the Defense Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), this competition sees wearable biocompatible technologies and innovations that move beyond the physical parameters of measurement such as heart rate, and instead, the capability to measure data present in the individual’s body fluids, such as blood, sweat, tears, saliva and tissue. fluids.

For this themed competition, Dstl seeks to:

  • Obtain credible evidence that post-generation wearable technologies have the potential to protect the health and wellbeing of future Defense and Security staff
  • Overcoming critical technical challenges enables the exploitation of novel wearable technologies
  • Find novel technology developments to provide relevant measures that inform critical decision making while maintaining the health and wellbeing of the Defense and Security staff

Key technologies this competition will focus on include devices / assay systems, semi-implantable and fully implantable devices, studies and sensor systems, and any technology that provides robust measures of biomarkers.

Key dates and funding

Up to £ 750,000 is available to fund multiple proposals for post-generation wearable technology.

The deadline to submit is a proposal by midday 25 August 2022.

Do you have an innovation? Read the full competition document and submit a proposal.

Moving beyond the smartwatch and toward biocompatible materials and sensor technologies, the ability to analyze molecules in clinical matrices is essential to understand the health of an individual.

Currently, clinical matrices in molecular biomarkers of analyses are restricted to laboratory analysis. However, novel platforms have emerged that are capable of continuous on-person measurement of important clinical biomarkers, such as glucose.

In addition, developments in biocompatible materials, biomarker identification and measurement methods have led to a new generation of wearable sensor technologies. The development of these platforms and technologies has fostered aspirations within the defense science community to understand how they can adapt to the interest of the monitored biomarkers in the defense community’s health and wellbeing of the defense and security staff.

Generation-after-wearable technologies will measure biomarkers present in the individual’s body and can enable derivative immediate and long-term data on how physical and occupational stressors impact an individual’s defense and security setting.

This data has the potential to provide predictive and prognostic information to prompt intervention and minimize the risk of disease and non-battle injury.

Generation-after-next wearable technology: Challenge areas

Submitted proposals should select one or more of the following challenge areas.

Challenge 1

Biocompatibility, future tolerability of platforms for human use and maintenance performance of sensor capabilities over hours and critical days depending on the target biomarker and scenario use. For example:

  • Demonstration of platforms capable of reliably accessing molecular biomarkers in a range of body fluids

Challenge 2

The ability to measure several types of analyte (small molecules to larger protein targets) in a continuous assay format. This challenge area will also examine assumptions of adaptability and flexibility to integrate new biomarker panels as they emerge from human science research studies. For example:

  • Demonstration of novel continuous measurements for molecular markers (eg enzymes, metabolites or small molecules).

Challenge 3

Assessment of the applicability of accessible bodily fluids to measurement of particular biomolecules, ie studies to show the presence of key biomarkers, with relevance to pathology, in particular sample types and replication exploitability of these platforms in defense and security applications. For example:

  • Studies show that a particularly accessible fluid (eg sweat, saliva, tear fluid, interstitial fluid) is a relevant matrix for a particular biomarker associated with a selected stressor of interest.

Want to learn more about these challenge areas? Read the full competition document here.

Webinars and online events

Competition Webinar: 6 July 2022
This webinar will provide more information on the challenge areas and how to submit a proposal. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions in the Q&A. If you would like to get involved, please register on the Eventbrite page

Register now

If you are interested in this technology area please also take a look at Engineering Biology for Defense and Security. Please note that you cannot submit the same proposal to both competitions. If you are interested in applying but unsure which competition your innovation would best suit, contact your local innovation partner.

Submit a proposal

Do you have a solution or novel approach that can help protect our health and wellbeing of future-after-generation wearable technologies? Submit an idea and help DASA and Dstl ensure wearable technology capabilities are informed by the latest research and developments.

Read the full competition document to learn more and submit a proposal.

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