The ministry of defence (MOD) is inviting the UK’s most inspirational designers to submit research proposals that will form the basis of future research into design, fabrication and manufacturing technologies. The aim of the research is to gather insight into the technological landscape within which future defence equipment will be developed and supplied.

The call for submissions will be launched in Cambridge on 12 June and will remain open until 17 July. Proposals are welcome from a range of fields, from academia to entrepreneurs to small and medium enterprises to multinational defence giants.

The call in June is funded by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory’s Futures & Innovation Domain and will be managed by the Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE). The CDE will be the first point of contact for any person or organisation, regardless of size, that has an innovative idea with a potential defence and security application.

Guest speakers at the June event will include Andrew Gill of the Institute for Manufacturing, part of the University of Cambridge and British writer and critic Bradley Quinn. Speaking of the upcoming event, Quinn said: “CDE’s conference is timely, and presents an exciting forum for civilian designers and defence industry specialists to address the technical challenges stimulated by military needs. New concepts for clothing that enhance the performance of soldiers are already beginning to emerge.”                                                                         

Areas of potential focus include, but are not limited to: versatile, distributed manufacturing and upgrades; intelligent systems and embedded electronics; bio-manufacturing and quantum computing.

For further details and for the opportunity to register attendance at the seminar, visit