JSaRC Update – July/August 2021

Published on 01 August 2021

A summer note from Angela Essel, Head of JSaRC

JSaRC is going through a significant evolution in terms of an expanded role and a more proactive remit. Our work programme is shaping up to be more strategic, outcomes and prosperity focused, aiming to provide significant support across the Government’s national security remit.

As part of this transition, JSaRC is working with the Home Office’s International Directorate to embed prosperity alongside security at the heart of the Department’s refreshed International Strategy and approach to Government-to-Government engagement. We’re also engaging across Homeland Security Group to build new relationships in the areas of Economic Crime and Cyber Security. This month, we’re launching our new JSaRC Review Board at which a panel will decide on new project proposals to take forward, to ensure an innovation pipeline that underpins the Mobilise for Security strategy

Following on from the successful delivery of the Security & Policing (S&P) event back in March, the team and I have already started our planning for the March 2022 event. I’m so excited about how our plans are beginning to take shape for this, our 40th anniversary S&P; they are bold, innovative and creative.

Our S&P plans are all underpinned by an ambition to host the show in-person. Over the coming months, we’ll be reaching out to industry and academia to invite participation in a number of elements of the show. Expect to see Expressions of Interest for our immersive features, themed competitions and opportunities to speak and present ideas across a range of in-show platforms.  Visit the S&P website for more information.

We’ll be in touch in early September, but for now, from myself and the JSaRC team, we’d like to wish you all a safe and relaxing summer.


Help identify and address key labour and skills issues facing the protective security sector – Deadline 29 August

JSaRC is undertaking a web survey to provide an understanding for HMG and the private sector of key issues facing the protective security sector and, in particular, those around recruitment, staff skills, development and associated support requirements. We welcome responses from all organisations active in protective security and appreciate your help in circulating this invitation among others within your network who may wish to contribute.

Employers: Please click here to take the survey if you are an employer.

Trainers/support: Please click here to take the survey if you are a trade body, training provider or other part of the support network.


Border Vision Advisory Group (BVAG) Hackathon – Contactless Travel

On 20 May, FBIS’ Border Vision Advisory Group held a hackathon on ‘contactless travel’, attended by representatives of 16 industry suppliers and four academics with expertise and experience in innovation within security sector and border management. The hackathon aimed to answer the question, ‘How does the UK Border establish a contactless travel solution within aviation?’. Please see here for more details on the session’s outputs.


Meet the JSaRC team at International Security Expo 28-29 September 2021

As we carefully navigate a return to our workplaces and other in-person engagements, Nineteen Events, the organisers of International Security Expo (ISE), will be hosting one of the first Covid-secure exhibitions specifically for the security industry.  We hope you’ll join JSaRC, Border Force, NSTiX, DASA and a host of other UK Government and public sector organisations at the event.  ISE takes place at London’s Olympia from 28 – 29 September.  Registration is now open.


New National Procurement Policy Statement from the Cabinet Office

The Cabinet Office has published a new National Procurement Policy Statement (NPPS) setting out the strategic priorities for public procurement, and how contracting authorities can support their delivery. The statement puts public procurement at the centre of our economic recovery as we build back better from the Covid-19 pandemic, with common benchmarks and standards to enable continuous improvement in public procurement practice and boost the social value generated by the public sector when it buys goods and services. Full details are available here.


New proposals for governing body to ensure safe and secure use of digital identity

Plans to create a new system to make digital identities as trusted and secure as official documents, such as passports, have been published by the government. Digital identities allow people to easily and quickly prove their identity, such as when buying a house or starting a new job, without the time, effort and expense currently involved when using a physical document. Full details on the proposals is available here.


Funding Opportunities – DASA Open Call for Innovation

DASA’s Open Call for innovation provides the opportunity for suppliers to submit their ideas to defence and security stakeholders.  The call runs throughout the year.  Full details on how and when to apply is available here.


Knowledge Transfer Partnership Scheme – apply for a share of up to £6m to fund innovation projects

The Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) scheme allows a UK registered business or not-for-profit organisation to partner with a UK higher education or further education institution, research and technology organisation or Catapult.  Full details on eligibility and how to apply is available here.


Innovate UK Smart Grants – competition open until 25 August

There is still time for UK registered organisations to apply for a share of up to £25 million for game-changing and commercially viable R&D innovation that can significantly impact the UK economy. This funding is from Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation. Full details on eligibility and how to apply is available here.


Crown Commercial Service – future opportunities update on Security provision and a 2030 FIFA World Cup Feasibility bid

Crown Commercial Service (CCS) intends to put in place a Pan Government Collaborative Agreement for the provision of Security – Physical, Technical and Support Services to be utilised by Central Government Departments and all other UK Public Sector Bodies, including Local Authorities, Health, Police, Fire and Rescue, Education and Devolved Administrations. Suitable for SMEs, the published contract start date is 1 February 2022.  Full details are available here.

The Football Association and Government Authority partners of the UK and Ireland are assessing the feasibility of a 5-association bid for the 2030 FIFA World Cup. This includes a full and comprehensive assessment of the likely costs which would be incurred by prospective event partners to host the tournament. Also suitable for SMEs, this contract closes on 4 August. Full details are available here.