SDTaP is a £30.55 million programme supporting the development of a safe and secure IoT. In particular, the programme supports the protection of critical applications from sophisticated cyber threats.
SDTaP is delivered by EPSRC and Innovate UK with policy support from DCMS and the Home Office. The overall programme objectives are to deliver:
- a national capability for the coordinated research and development of IoT or cyber solutions at the periphery of the internet
- new and strategically meaningful interdisciplinary research and industry collaborations, applied to the domain that brings together IoT, artificial intelligence (AI), behavioural psychology and computer engineering
- successful world-leading knowledge transfer from the UK research base to UK industry.
There are four elements of the SDTaP programme:
PETRAS National Centre of Excellence
PETRAS was originally established in 2016 and funded as part of the IoTUK programme run by DCMS.
Funding for IoTUK ended in 2018 to 2019. However, PETRAS has developed an internationally recognised brand and reputation as a high-profile UK asset. For example, it fed into the development of the Secure by Design GOV.UK guidance, which informed the development of international standards on IoT cyber security. It involved 11 universities and around 110 user partners, and secured around £14 million in cash and in-kind investment from partners.
As part of SDTaP, PETRAS is a National Centre of Excellence (NCE) for IoT systems cyber security.
The SDTaP programme invests £13.85 million into the PETRAS NCE over five years between January 2019 and September 2023. This investment is the main element of the SDTaP programme, along with the Innovate UK demonstrators. It includes 23 universities and engages with more than 120 partners. The PETRAS NCE has awarded over £9 million in internal and external opportunities since being set up.
Innovate UK demonstrators
The demonstrators are large-scale industry-led projects to deploy, test and experiment with nearer-to-market ideas focusing on addressing major IoT cyber security challenges. Projects have been offered funding over two rounds.
Innovate UK commercialisation programme
A strand of the Cyber Security Academic Startup Accelerator Programme (CyberASAP), this aims to identify promising commercial opportunities coming out of PETRAS-funded research, and offers commercialisation support for those promising innovation potential and societal impact.
EPSRC research grants
Three EPSRC research grants have been awarded through the SDTaP programme.