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We uniquely have access to innovations created by leading scientists and engineers from laboratories across the UK Ministry of Defence and wider Government.

The innovations we are privileged to have access to have more than ‘blue sky’ thinking behind them. They will typically have been developed to meet operational defence and security requirements, benefit from having received government backing,  and have robust intellectual property to protect them.

These are some of the amazing organisations we work with to get government innovations to market.


The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) is the science inside UK defence and security.

A proven national asset, Dstl is an executive agency of the Ministry of Defence (MOD) providing world-class expertise and delivering cutting-edge science and technology for the benefit of the nation and allies. It delivers high-impact science and technology (S&T) for the UK’s defence. security, and prosperity. Its work includes:

  • Research – original research and concepts, creating new capabilities for defence and security
  • Requirements and Evaluation – Dstl S&T support to assess, evaluate and deliver current and next-generation capabilities
  • Specialist Advice and Services – knowledge and facilities ready to meet priority needs
  • Operational Support – rapid and deployed S&T to meet the urgency of operations


Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA)

DASA is a cross-Government organisation that finds and funds exploitable defence and security innovations for a safer future. It welcomes ideas from all innovators while also providing support to those who have not previously worked with Government.

DASA upholds a critical link for new ideas to pull through quickly and effectively, with customers such as the MOD Chief Scientific Advisor (CSA), Defence Innovation Unit (DIU), the Home Office and Department for Transport working through DASA to deliver services and challenge competitions.

It has invested over £130 million in proposals that solve contemporary problem sets, and it has a wide remit across all of defence and security and is interested in all fields of science and technology, better ways of working, better services, or any innovation that will make defence and security more effective.



AWE plc plays a vital role in the UK’s nuclear defence and security as a centre of manufacturing and scientific excellence.

For almost 70 years, AWE has supported the UK Government’s nuclear defence strategy and the Continuous At Sea Deterrent. It also uses its nuclear know-how and technical expertise to provide innovative solutions that support the UK’s counter-terrorism and nuclear threat reduction activities.

Ploughshare has exclusive access to AWE innovations developed by its 1,700 scientists / engineers.


British Army

The British Army operates persistently at home and overseas to fulfil its purpose of protecting the nation.

With warfighting capability its foundation, the British Army is engaged internationally with a broad range of allies and partners, to support homeland resilience as well as constraining our adversaries through a network of regional hubs. As the threats develop and evolve, so does the Army’s approach through its posture, mindset and innovation to ensure that we are ready for the next challenge, not the last one. The Army is evolving its form and function through the ‘Future Soldier’ transformation programme to ensure it outmatches its adversaries and any threat they pose


Institute of Naval Medicine

The Institute of Naval Medicine (INM) is the Royal Navy’s centre of excellence for occupational health advice, information, training and research.

The INM’s mission is to optimise the operational capability of the Royal Navy and UK Defence by the provision of robust medical and scientific outputs. Its aim is to excel in achieving that mission and to maintain and enhance its standing as a world class centre in occupational health, particularly in problems associated with work and operations in maritime and climatically hostile environments.



The UK’s National Metrology Institute

NPL undertake excellent science and engineering to deliver extraordinary impact for the UK and provide the measurement capability that underpins the UK’s prosperity and quality of life. From accelerating new antibiotics and more effective cancer treatments to developing unhackable quantum communications and superfast 5G, NPL’s expertise is crucial in researching, developing and testing new products and processes.


  • Pioneering ultrasound breast imaging systems to improve cancer outcomes – Read More

The Royal Mint

The Royal Mint is the world’s leading export mint

The Royal Mint has an unbroken history of minting British coinage dating back over 1,100 years. Based in the Tower of London for over 500 years, by 1812 The Royal Mint had moved out of the Tower to premises on London’s Tower Hill. In 1967 the building of a new Royal Mint began on its current site in South Wales, UK, to accommodate the minting of UK decimal coinage. Today, The Royal Mint is the world’s largest export mint, supplying coins to the UK and overseas countries.

The Royal Mint has also diversified into a number of other complementary businesses, building on the values that have been at the heart of the organisation throughout its history – authenticity, security, precious metals, craftsmanship and design.


  • Innovations from The Royal Mint Available to License – Read More

Celsius Health

Revolutionising healthcare with thermal imaging

Celsius Health, a spinout from the National Physical Laboratory, is focused on the development of its unique high accuracy thermal imaging technology in medical diagnostics. Initially targeting applications in diabetic ulcers, our technology will revolutionise the management and care of this condition by giving clinicians access to quantifiable thermal data for the first time, rapidly identifying areas of risk, allowing earlier intervention, transforming the health and quality of life of their diabetic patients.


  • The world’s first quantifiable thermal imaging platform capable of meeting the accuracy requirements of clinical thermometry – Read More