JSaRC Update – 15 February 2021

Published on 15 February 2021


Last chance to Exhibit at S&P 2021: Opportunities close on 19 February

There is still time to book your exhibition stand with this week marking the final opportunity for companies to confirm their position at the Security & Policing event 2021 (S&P 2021). This year it will be delivered for the first time via a digital platform. There will be keynote presentations from senior Government and law enforcement officials, as well as features such as the innovative Industry Showcase, Government Zone and the highly acclaimed Fusion Forum.

Throughout the show, our focus will be on the provision of opportunities, for visitors and exhibitors alike, that will provide world-class practical solutions to address security, aid recovery, promote growth and stimulate innovation.

Visitors to the show can still register up until Friday 5 March.

What to expect from Online S&P 2021

Now less than a month away, the first ever online edition of the Home Office’s annual Security & Policing Event, is hotly anticipated.

Taking place between 9-11 March 2021, S&P 2021 promises to be an unmissable virtual showcase of leading technologies and solutions to existing and emerging threats.

As recently highlighted by the Minister for Exports, Graham Stuart MP, S&P is an ideal opportunity for UK businesses to connect with potential overseas customers and gain a better understanding of how the Government can help with their exports.

In our role as the hosts of the event, JSaRC encourage you to review the official event preview video and take note of all the ways you can engage with this event, from the comfort of your chosen work space.



Security Research and Innovation Capability in UK Academia  – Deadline 28 February

JSaRC recognises the vital contribution by academia to the UK’s overall security and resilience, and in 2018 carried out a preliminary survey of security research and innovation capability within UK academia.

For 2021, with the support of Academic RiSC, JSaRC is collating data to help determine where academic expertise is available currently in national security-related topic areas. This important data will enhance government and industry knowledge of the breadth and location of UK academic capability. Once collated, an up-to-date report will be made available on JSaRC.org.

All academics are invited to take part in the 5-minute survey, available here.



Access to Explosives: Expressions of Interest to join a cross-Government testing event

JSaRC, on behalf of a number of Government partners, would like to highlight this opportunity to take part in a unique data collection event for organisations involved in explosives detection and testing.

The event is to be held at the UK Home Made Explosives (HME) Facility at Dstl in Porton Down. Applications are open to organisations whose products and solutions would benefit from being involved.

Applications are open until 11:59am 17 March 2021 with further guidance here.

The 2021 Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Scheme: Now open

The Government Office for Science offers UK Intelligence Community (IC) Postdoctoral Research Fellowships to outstanding early career science or engineering researchers.

These Fellowships are designed to promote unclassified basic research in areas of interest to the intelligence, security and defence communities. The 21 topics of interest are now available to review online and applications are open until 19 April 2021.


Academic engagement with OSCT’s Accelerated Capability Environment

As ever, academic experts and university departments who want to demonstrate impact, win commissions or explore data partnerships through ACE are invited to join its research network. Two areas of current need are highlighted:

  • Computer vision and machine learning experts to help identify high-TRL techniques for image localisation in child protection contexts
  • 5G security teams with expertise on technical and non-technical vulnerabilities in telecommunications infrastructure

If you’d like to join the network, understand more detail about the opportunities above, or share this information with colleagues, please contact aceresearchnetwork@vivace.tech



Transforming Public Procurement: Consultation open until 10 March 2021

The government’s proposals for the future of public procurement have been released, the opportunity to join the consultation and have your say will close on 10 March 2021.

It is the government’s goal to speed up and simplify procurement processes, place value for money at their heart, and develop opportunities for small businesses, charities and social enterprises to innovate in public service delivery. Details can be found here.

HMG Tackling Child Sexual Abuse Strategy: Paper Released

The Tackling Child Sexual Abuse Strategy sets out HMG’s whole-system response to all forms of child sexual abuse. This strategy is the first of its kind in setting out the government’s vision for preventing, tackling and responding to child sexual abuse in all its forms, whether it is committed in person or online, in families or communities, here in this country or overseas. The full paper is available here.

Upcoming Changes to SIA licence-linked training

The Security Industry Authority has announced some important changes to how businesses deliver training, taking effect in April 2021. If you provide SIA license-linked training – this is a must read.

Cyber Accelerator Programme Update

The Accelerator supports the growth of start-up cyber companies who aim to bring new ‘better, faster and cheaper’ security products to market.  It aims to support the emerging cyber security industry within the UK, encouraging skills, jobs and growth.

For the upcoming cohort, applications are sought from start-ups whose services are focused on cyber security for Smart Cities, specifically in the areas of data insights, situational awareness, interfacing to CNI and advanced manufacturing and robotics.

Full details on how to get involved is available here.