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 2023 )
Participate in 5 peer-to-peer sessions throughout the Technology Access programme
Alignment and 1:1 tech sessions each month
Provide an updated project plan in Month 1, based on the use case/experimentation in the application
Provide an interim technical report in Month 3 based on the experience gained from the project
Present a demo
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 2023
Tier 2 Participants
Participate in the onboarding day (May 2023)
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 2023
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 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 eligibility criteria for the programme?
Tier 1 companies (company receives access to the board, funding and hands on technical expertise) 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 to 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 business has the relevant expertise to take part and adequate resources committed to the programme.
Technical feasibility – The experimentation and project plan presented is feasible within the timeframe, budget, and resource available.
Tier 2 companies (company only receives the board with limited technical guidance) will be assessed on the following criteria:
Relevance – The business and its solutions are relevant to DSbD applications.
Interest – The business clearly states their interest and ambition, and potential areas of exploration with the Morello board.
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, including by providing access to nationals (even if they are employees) from E:1 listed countries.
Does my organisation need to be a UK registered company to enter?
Yes, your company has to be registered with Companies House and be based in the UK. We will consider bidders that hold any legal form of business (e.g. ltd 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 details of specific security concerns and threats you have considered for your product.
What if I am involved in another accelerator programme, or have been involved in a previous Digital Catapult programme?
Participating or having participated in accelerator or other startup support programmes 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 criteria will be presented as statements. Each of the criteria has the same weights. 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 on the result of 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 and 1:1 check-in sessions with DSbD experts. You may also find another Digital Catapult programme of relevance, check 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 shortlisted will receive £15,000 for the experimentation companies. Tier 2 companies are not eligible to receive 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. Further expenditure incurred by the 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 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 distribute 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.