JSaRC Update – 20 January 2021

Published on 20 January 2021

Welcome to the First JSaRC Update of 2021
The National security and counter-terrorism landscape continues to evolve at pace with the added complexity of COVID-19.  This year, the JSaRC team will be taking a lead role to broaden cross government engagement by developing strategies and insight concentrated on the development of opportunities to drive prosperity and stimulate innovation.That said, as the pandemic continues to impact us all, it is important to continue to deliver our current programmes and our pipeline of work around National security, resilience and counter-terrorism.  Specific programmes the team are currently supporting include border security, counter drones and publicly accessible locations.  As well as our work programmes, preparations for the 2021 Security & Policing event are moving at pace, and I’m excited to be hosting the show digitally for the first time in its 39-year history.I hope you find the information and opportunities within this issue of interest and look forward to seeing and meeting as many of you as possible at Security & Policing.
                                                                                                 – Angela Essel, Head of JSaRC

Security Resilience Growth Partnership (SRGP) – an Update on SRGP Governance and the way forwards
The SRGP provides a Ministerial forum that brings together, in partnership, government, industry and Academia, and represents the security related aspects for the Defence Security Exports Working Group (DSEWG). JSaRC as the delivery arm for the SRGP and will coordinate and collaborate with key security decision-makers from across Government, Industry, and Academia to forge ever stronger connections between these sectors, working in more integrated ways to further shape markets and solve common problems around the delivery of security and resilience capabilities. Key National Security priorities will be broken down into four cross-cutting delivery areas: Procurement, National Security Innovation, Security Exports and Skills.

The SRGP will seek to align with other growth partnerships such as Defence, Cyber, and Aerospace, as well as associated working groups, both at a Ministerial level and at an officials’ level; and we at JSaRC look forward to sharing more details with you in the coming months.

Important News on the EU Exit for our Industry Partners
Following the news on the UK and EU Trade and Cooperation agreement published in late 2020, JSaRC would like to draw the attention of our Industry partners to the latest information published by the Government. The UK and EU have not only reached agreements on Trade and cooperation, but crucially for many in the Security and Resilience sector, an Agreement on Security Procedures for Exchanging and Protecting Classified Information and an agreement on borders. You can find the full texts and details, including the Agreement on Security Procedures for Exchanging and Protecting Classified Information here.

JSaRC are surveying Security Research and Innovation Capability within 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 are updating the data which will determine where Academic expertise is available currently in National security related topic areas. On completion, a report containing these data will be shared via the JSaRC website to enhance government and industry knowledge of the breadth and location of UK Academic capability. All Academics are welcome to take part in the 5-minute survey, available here.



Join the ADS S&P Platform Demonstration on 26 January
For those interested in exhibiting at Security & Policing 2021, ADS are organising an invaluable online exhibitor demonstration. This provides a preview of the digital event platform and overview of the exhibitor opportunities. You can apply to join the session here. Find out more on how to exhibit at securityandpolicing.co.ukDeadline Extended: Entries for the ADS Security Innovation Award 2021 still welcome

There is still time to submit an entry for the ADS Security Innovation Award. The date for submissions has been extended to 22 February. A reminder for all companies who are looking at making a submission, to also join one of ADS’ platform demonstration and confirm their place as an exhibitor or sponsor before submitting.

Reminder to Academics: Submit an E-Poster for S&P 2021
The Academic E-Poster competition, administered by Academic RiSC in partnership with JSaRC remains open until 29 January for submissions from Academics, early career researchers and PhD students. The chosen electronic posters will be displayed at Security and Policing 2021 – see here for more information.



Border Force offers an exciting opportunity for industry to get involved in the Future Border and Immigration System Programme.
JSaRC, on behalf of Border Force, have opened a call for Expressions of Interest (EOI), for industry to participate in solution development (by stimulating new ideas with creative and problem-solving thinking) for the Digitising the Border programme: working alongside government and Academics to create innovative solutions for the UK Border. This EOI is seeking industry experts, from companies with a UK registered office, to work alongside our Academics and government officials to innovation forward into delivering cutting edge border solutions. More details can be found here. The submission deadline is 11:59am on 5 February 2021.


EOI for Biometrics Self-enrolment Feasibility Trials closes 15 February.

On behalf of Home Office Border, Immigration and Citizenship System (BICS), JSaRC opened a call for Expressions of Interest (EOI) from companies that can address the Home Office’s primary concerns with Biometric Self-enrolment. Please find further details on this EOI here. The deadline for submissions 11:59am on 15 February 2021.Join the JSaRC Counter-Drone (C-UAS) bulletin.

The JSaRC C-UAS bulletin is our dedicated engagement bulletin for Counter Drone solutions and service providers. The purpose of the bulletin is to provide co-ordinated updates on government-wide C-UAS activity to our industry and Academic partners. This bulletin will provide regular updates on funding, competitions and engagement opportunities for industry, as well as significant policy milestones. Please register for our bulletin here.



Transforming Public Procurement: Green Paper now live on GOV.UK
The government’s proposals for the future of public procurement have been released. It is the government’s goal to speed up and simplify procurement processes, place value for money at their heart, and unleash opportunities for small businesses, charities and social enterprises to innovate in public service delivery. Details can be found here.2025 UK Border Strategy – Paper ReleasedThe Government has announced the 2025 UK Border Strategy. This Strategy sets out the vision for the UK border to be the most effective in the world. A border which embraces innovation, simplifies processes for traders and travellers and improves the security and biosecurity of the UK. The Full paper is available here.

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