Working with Academia

JSaRC and Academia – a collaborative approach

At JSaRC, we recognise that academic research is critically important to keeping the UK and its citizens secure. This means that your work could have a range of possible direct or indirect applications.

JSaRC manages a broad-based programme of work, primarily across the counter-terrorism and security landscape.  One of our primary roles is to provide information and signposts to help academics from all disciplines get involved in a wide variety of national security related topics, including:

  • Data analytics
  • Enabling technology and systems
  • Information and communication technologies
  • Human behaviour
  • Physical security and asset management
  • Sensing, monitoring and detection
  • Transport, navigation and drones
  • Forensics and crime


Why we value the Academic contribution to security

We see academia as a vital contributor to the UK’s on-going approach to countering threats now and in the future. Much can be learned from academics in all disciplines including:

  • Behavioural and social sciences
  • Engineering
  • Material sciences
  • Physical sciences
  • Digital technology
  • Biological sciences
  • Humanities


Present Security

JSaRC is frequently tasked with identifying potential solutions for a wide range of threats where academia can contribute its deep subject knowledge and novel approaches. Potential solutions may be specialised or require a range of disciplines.

We understand that your work may not always be intended for security applications. Sometimes, however, an unintended feature could potentially provide an ideal solution for dealing with current threats.

JSaRC can help gain insight into areas academics may not have previously considered as relevant to security issues, providing potential opportunities.


Future Security

In the light of constant requirements to anticipate threats and develop counter-threat strategies, the UK needs to stay ahead of the curve. Because of this, we’re interested in discussing future trends, evolving technology, and even new uses for well-established methods and principles.

JSaRC firmly believes that listening to academia and the insight that researchers and subject experts provide is an excellent way to future-proof against potential threats which may be on the horizon.

Opportunities for Academic Research and Study

JSaRC is always looking out for opportunities to engage with academics working in areas which support national security and resilience threats.

One essential part of this work is to engage with academic specialists who can advise, steer and help shape policy as well as provide solutions to specific problems. This means you can form part of the discussion on future threats.


An important source for research data

JSaRC is not just about signposting academics towards sources of funding. Our aim is also to stimulate research activities by providing an information network helping academics and industry contacts find each other for partnerships and collaborative projects.


Potential Funding for Academic Research

By getting involved in these areas, your research can have a direct impact on the policy and work of government departments.

JSaRC regularly publicises opportunities for academic engagement via our regular ‘JSaRC Updates’ (see below).

In the meantime, here are some other resources you might find useful.

Areas of Research Interest (ARI)

ARIs – Information and an overview of the key ARIs in each government department is available here.

Home Office ARIs – a PDF download of Home Office ARIs is available here.

Crown Commercial Services (CCS) Research Marketplace

HMG procures many of its services through framework agreements. A government procurement framework is an agreement which allows procurement from a fixed selection of pre-qualified suppliers.

A dynamic framework is open to any organisation with relevant expertise/goods, allowing them to join and leave during the period of the framework using a Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS).

The Crown Commercial Services (CSS) Research Market Place is a dynamic framework allowing universities and other organisations to register for providing market, social and economic research services to government departments including the Home Office and the wider public sector.

Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) for Research

This DPS allows you to register with CCS to provide your market, social and economic research services to government departments and the wider public sector.

Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA)

You can find a variety of invitations for themed competitions here.

There is also a wide range of open calls for innovative solutions here.

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) provides many funding opportunities to enable individuals and groups to pursue world-class research and innovation. Please note that these opportunities cover all areas and are not just security related.

How you can receive JSaRC Updates including any ‘calls for expertise’ notifications? 

Simply register on the JSaRC mailing list using the link below and we’ll make sure you receive regular updates and alerts to the latest invitations and funding opportunities.

Free Publication - Academic Survey Report

In January 2020 JSaRC released a Special Report on the depth of academia’s engagement in the Security-related industries, called Preliminary Online Survey of Security Research and Innovation Capability in UK Academia.

One hundred and ten universities were invited to participate, by completing a survey looking at what aspects of security each university is focussing on.

This Survey Report is the first in a series and is ideal as an audit for market researchers and academics alike.

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From regular communications to networking events and signposting, JSaRC is an excellent start to get your academic achievements better known across the security sector.

If you would like to know more about how JSaRC could help you with your security-related research, search for funding, or other events and networking opportunities, contact us or join our mailing list and be first to receive early news.

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