Find answers to frequently asked questions relating to the Technology Access Programme
What are the programme obligations?
Tier 1 Participants
- Participate in the onboarding day (May 2024 )
- Participate in 5 peer-to-peer sessions throughout the Technology Access programme
- Alignment and 1:1 tech sessions each month (a technical member of your team must join these)
- Provide an updated project plan in Month 1, based on the use case/experimentation in the application (any subsequent changes in plan must be documented and agreed upon with the DSbD team)
- Provide an interim technical report in Month 3 based on the experience gained from the project
- Present a demo of your work
- Provide a final technical report in Month 6 based on the experience gained from the project
- Provide a final case study for marketing purposes
- Participate in the demo-day in November 2024
Tier 2 Participants
- Participate in the onboarding day (May 2024)
- Provide feedback survey at the end of Month 3 and Month 6 on the use of the technology
- Participate in the final demo day in November 2024
Please check the T&Cs page for more details about the programme obligations
What’s the duration of the programme?
The Technology Access Programme is set to last 6 months, after which, depending on successful completion, you may keep your Morello board. However, considering the experimental nature of the project, it can be extended under certain circumstances that need to be discussed and agreed between the participating companies and Digital Catapult.
What are the key dates for the programme?
Applications Open: 15th January 2024
Application Deadline: 1st April 2024 at 12:00 noon
Intended notification of all Applicants: w/c 26th April 2024
Intended public announcement of successful Participants: May 2024Project:
Start Date: w/c 20th May 2024 (programme onboarding day)
End Date: November 2024
What are the eligibility criteria for the programme?
All applications will be assessed on the following criteria:
Relevance – The proposed use case or experimentation is relevant to DSbD technologies, CHERI, and the capabilities of the Morello board.
Innovation – The proposed use case is novel and will provide valuable insights for the DSbD programme.
Impact and scalability – The proposed use case or experimentation has the potential to scale and create impact beyond the immediate demonstrator.
Expertise and commitment of team – The applicant has the relevant expertise to undertake their proposed work and adequate resources committed to the programme.
Technical feasibility – The experimentation and project plan presented is technically feasible within the timeframe, budget, and resource available.
If selected, what required knowledge should I have?
A familiarity with C/C++ code and OS compiling would greatly help, but not strictly a necessity. In addition, this programme is focused on two highly novel technologies, and therefore requires time to be spent on background reading. We suggest you take a look at the following links before the programme starts, to provide you with a better baseline understanding of the technologies and to familiarise yourself with the steps that will be required for you to get your Morello Board up and running (it will not arrive pre-configured):
If I am selected to join this programme, can I use the Morello board outside the UK?
No, all participating companies must comply with export control requirements, in particular by not exporting the Morello evaluation boards outside of the UK.
Does my organisation need to be registered in the UK to enter?
Yes, your company has to be registered with Companies House and must be based in the UK. We will consider applicants with any legal structure (e.g. limited company, sole trader, consortium).
As a startup or scaleup, do I need to be working in cyber security already?
No, but you will need to provide detail on the security threat that you would like to experiment against and how CHERI can be used to mitigate such risk.
What if I am involved in another accelerator programme, or have been involved in a previous Digital Catapult programme?
Participation in another accelerator or in a start-up support programme does not preclude you from taking part in the Digital Security by Design TAP.
If you have been part of any previous Digital Catapult programme you are welcome to join; for other programmes your participation will be dependent on the terms of the programme itself and what you have agreed to in the terms and conditions. De minimis funding will also need to be considered when applying to join the programme if you apply for Tier 1.
Who runs the Technology Access Programme?
Digital Catapult, the UK’s leading authority in digital technologies, administers the Technology Access Programme.
How are applications selected?
The judging criteria will be presented as statements within the application itself (as set out in the section above titled ‘What are the eligibility criteria for the programme’) . Each of the criteria has the same weighting. The judges will respond by indicating how strongly they accept these statements.
During the application process we reserve the right to conduct enhanced financial or legal due diligence to ensure applicants will be able to meet all commitments.
Who are the judges, and when will I hear back about my application?
Applications will be judged by a team of DSbD experts from Digital Catapult, UK Research and Innovation, and other organisations specialising in this technology. Successful applicants will be informed on the result of their applications after the end of the judging period.
What if my application is not successful to join the cohort of Tier 1 companies?
If you are not successful you may still be able to take part in the programme through the Tier 2 route, but will not receive funding or have mandatory 1:1 check-in sessions with DSbD experts. You may also find another Digital Catapult programme of relevance, check the Digital Catapult website for all our programmes.
Is there an application fee for the programme?
No, the programme is free to take part for applicants. Tier 1 companies who are selected and successfully complete the programme will receive £15,000 for their experimentation work. Tier 2 companies are not eligible to receive such grant funding.
How is the programme funded?
The programme is funded by UKRI through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, as part of the Digital Security by Design initiative.
What if I run over budget?
The Technology Access Programme funding is £15,000 for Tier 1 successful applicants (broken down into 3 milestone payments). Further expenditure incurred by companies during the experimentation period will have to come from their own budget.
As an applicant, what’s the contracting process and terms and conditions to be on the programme?
Applications are governed by the competition rules. If you are successful, a participation agreement will be issued which governs your activities on the programme with respect to the experimentation of the Morello board, programme requirements and deliverables, and payment milestones.
Who will my application data be shared with?
Why is Digital Catapult asking the innovator community to experiment with this prototype?
Digital Catapult will provide access to Morello boards and lead in gathering evidence that will eventually explain what it means for real software to use these boards. During the programme, we will be looking for compelling examples from the selected companies in each cohort to share where security and performance are aligned and to check if there is no tradeoff.