Significant SME interest in DUTE Cluster at recent showcase event

Press release

On 17th March the Dual-Use Technology Exploitation (DUTE) Cluster held its first Open Day at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) in London. The purpose of the day was to showcase current DUTE partners, and explain the opportunities that exist for organisations considering engaging in dual-use technology.

The successful event saw a maximum capacity audience including an even split of SME’s, Tier 1 Suppliers & Primes, Universities, Trade & Government agencies.

Chris Owen, DUTE Programme Director from Lead Partner, Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group, kicked off the day by explaining the origins of the DUTE Cluster, its progress to date, and its growth ambitions. Current DUTE partners also presented updates on their innovative use cases to the cross-industry audience which included representatives from the Defence, Security, Advanced Manufacturing, Electronics, Rail and Automotive sectors.

Participants also heard from speakers from multiple Government agencies, such as BIS, UKTI, DSC and MoD, who revealed how the concepts of dual-use technologies align to governmental strategic objectives. Presentations from Ploughshare, British Antarctic Survey and DGP Skills group gave examples of how they have benefited from dual-use opportunities. The day ended with news from several Funding Agencies who revealed how future dual-use projects could be publically funded via Innovate UK, Rail Growth Fund and EU opportunities.

One of the benefits of the day was to give attendees the opportunity to be involved with the next stage of growth of the DUTE cluster, and following the event, over 20 % of the delegates requested further engagement with the cluster.

Feedback from delegates included comments such as “The day was very effective at communicating a range of interesting opportunities for partnership and funding” and “It gave me the opportunity to meet target individuals and new ones”.

If you would like to have more information about the Open Day event, plus have the ability to register interest in DUTE, please contact the programme office ( or visit our website at

Successful DUTE Open Day held on 17 March 2016

1st DUTE Open Day 2016


The first Open Day for the Dual-Use Technology Exploitation Cluster (DUTE) was held on 17 March 2016 with great success.  Hosted in London by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) the event raised awareness of DUTE, including funding and innovation opportunities.

The current DUTE partners gave updates on their innovative use cases in adjacent sectors, and speakers from Government and Funding agencies revealed details of their strategies for dual-use and how such projects could be funded.

The audience of SME’s, Tier 1 suppliers, Primes, Universities and Government agencies were inspired to consider how they could engage with the DUTE cluster as it continues to scale up.

If you were not able to participate in this inaugural event, please find below links to the presentations made on the day.  You are also welcome to contact the DUTE Programme Office if you would like more information about opportunities to engage with the cluster:

Helen Corney, DUTE Project Manager

The DUTE Programme Directors are already looking at holding another open day towards the end of 2016, and we will keep you informed as soon as we have more details to share.


Presentations from the 1st DUTE Open Day held on 17th March 2016:

PART 1:   DUTE Origins and the Programme to date

Presented by DUTE Programme Director, Chris Owen of Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group

PART 2:  DUTE Use Cases

Presentations by DUTE Programme Partners

PART 3:  Strategy and where does dual-use fit in

Speakers from BIS, UKTI, DGP and the MoD

PART 4:  Examples of dual-use

Presentations by Ploughshare, British Antarctic Survey and DSC/Raytheon

PART 5:  DUTE Funding Opportunities

Speakers from Innovate UK, Finance Birmingham, Defence KTN, RCUK (Cranfield) and Horizon 2020 UK National Contact (EU)