Airborne DNA Collection

The focus of this challenge is to identify methods for the remote capture and/or processing of non-airborne and/or airborne DNA samples. Successful applicants will be part of an agile team working collaboratively with Op-Tech Co-Creation (OCCS). If the initial project shows concepts to be feasible, follow-on project funding may be likely.


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The Innovation Exchange programme is working alongside the NSTIx Operational Technology Co-Creation Centre (OCCS) to engage academia, innovators and innovative companies that can help them solve a challenge for remote collection of airborne DNA and/or surface-based remote DNA collection, analysis and identification.


The National Security Technology and Innovation Exchange (NSTIx) is a government-led science, technology and innovation partnership that enables coherent and agile delivery of innovative national security outcomes through a co-ordinated and systematic approach to research and capability development.

NSTIx has established a government-led network of themed Co-Creation Spaces (CCS). The CCS’ combine the respective power of specialist public and private sector partners in research, capability development and end user requirements. This supports the development of effective, user-driven technology at pace in areas that are critical to national security. For more information, please see the ‘NSTIx Leaflet’ in digital form.

Op Tech Co-Creation (OCCS) has engaged with a network of key Community Collaborators including IUK KTN, to accelerate and leverage access to their existing networks of industry and academic solution providers.

By responding to this challenge and participating in Co-Creation, there is an exciting opportunity for collaboration between National Security, Community Collaborators and Solution Providers.

Law Enforcement and National Security stakeholders have a requirement to collect human DNA samples from within buildings and other enclosed spaces for identification and/or confirmation purposes. In some scenarios, it’s difficult, dangerous or otherwise undesirable for forensics officers to enter the collection environment themselves to take DNA samples. This could be due to a live threat situation or because the collection environment is inaccessible or unsafe to enter.

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