With its headquarters at Porton Down and over 3,000 scientists across five different locations, Dstl has an annual budget of £564m and is responsible for providing all non-nuclear Science & Technology (S&T) support to the UK Ministry of Defence.
This covers a wide range of applications and disciplines in sixteen key areas, including: Air; Armour & Protection; Chemical, Biological & Radiological; C4I; Counter-Terrorism; Cyber & Influence; Human & Medical; Land; Maritime; Security; Support to Operations; and Weapons.
Dstl is a member of the Global Uncertainties programme under the auspices of Research Councils UK, which brings together all of the seven UK Research Councils to better integrate current research investments as well as support new multi-disciplinary research in security.
Dstl continues to highlight new technologies and identify future opportunities, adding 49 new patents to its portfolio in the last year.
The wholly-owned technology transfer company, Ploughshare Innovations Ltd., was established in 2005, to manage and exploit the Intellectual Property developed by Dstl through spin-outs or licensing.
Since its formation, Ploughshare has licensed or spun out 80 new technologies to industry. In addition to its work with Dstl, Ploughshare has collaborated with the Atomic Weapons Establishment and central MOD to exploit their portfolios of technologies.