The Government's Technology Strategy Board has invited individuals and organisations to form consortiums and bid for £6m of new research investment.


It is using the competition concept to find a solution to vulnerabilities in complex information systems. The money is earmarked for projects that will investigate how to reduce the security vulnerabilities on complex information systems.


The competition formally opens on the 16th March with an initial briefing day to be held on the 27 February. Expressions of interest must be submitted by 23rd April with the deadline for full submissions the 25th June.


Those participating will be the first to investigate a critical challenge for modern society. The tools, techniques and services developed will help improve security for the multitude of organisations and individuals that rely on complex information systems for everything from home entertainment, to healthcare delivery and financial transactions.


The funding competition is being supported by the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). It will deliver the only publicly-funded UK research into this global concern. It is open to individuals and organisations from any industry or academic sector whose expertise can be applied to help address this challenge.


Andrew Tyrer, innovation platform leader of network security at the Technology Strategy Board, said: “Information is the lifeblood of our day to day existence. A failure to predict weakness and future vulnerabilities in the way these systems grow and develop could lead to problems in every aspect of modern society. Our competition will seek to address what we consider to be one of the greatest challenges to the way we live and work."