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HMGCC Co-Creation Space: Use of AI in Screening Individuals of Interest

Summary of the challenge

Can your organisation demonstrate how AI can assist with screening individuals of interest?

HMGCC Co-Creation is offering to fund organisations for this 12-week feasibility project to show how AI tools can assist with screening and support the national security mission. Full funding is provided for time, materials, overheads and other indirect expenses. There is no determined total budget amount, as the strength of received proposals will be a factor. Multi-organisation consortia are encouraged to apply.

Context of the challenge

The UK national security community exists to protect the safety and security of the UK. The Secret Intelligence Service (SIS), also known as MI6, has approached HMGCC Co-Creation with a requirement to streamline screening individuals of interest, potentially using automation and/or AI to develop further insights.

The gap

Screening requires multiple data sets, analysis and due diligence of decision making, with appropriate data handling, oversight and governance. This has worked incredibly successfully for many years, but can you help us shape the future with AI?

Unprocessed data, is analysed by many different tools, depending on the type of data. It is often a manual process and can involve many different stakeholders. It is highly iterative if more data or analysis is required. It is believed that by using recent and future developments in AI, this otherwise complex working process could be made simpler. Extra value could be added by linking with other historical data as well as flagging key insights and decision points as new data becomes available.

  • Competition opens Monday 18 March 2024
  • Online briefing call date Tuesday 9 April 2024
  • Clarifying questions published Tuesday 23 April 2024
  • Competition closes Thursday 9 May 2024
  • Applicant notified Wednesday 22 May 2024
  • Pitch day in London Thursday 30 May 2024
  • Target project kick-off July 2024
Briefing call

The briefing call took place on 9 April. Please see below the slideshow and FAQ document


This challenge is open to sole innovators, industry, academic and research organisations of all types and sizes. There is no requirement for security clearances. Solution providers or direct collaboration from countries listed by the UK government under trade sanctions and/or arms embargoes, are not eligible for HMGCC Co-Creation challenges.

How to apply

Please submit your applications to 

Applications must be no more than six pages or six slides in length. The page/slide limit excludes personnel CVs and organisational profiles.

There is no prescribed application format, however, please ensure your application includes the following:

  • Applicant details: Contact name, organisation details, and registration number
  • Scope Design: How the project aligns to the challenge scope
  • Innovation: Describe the innovation and technology intended to be delivered in the project, along with new IP that will be generated or existing IP that can be used
  • Deliverables: Describe the project outcomes and their impacts
  • Timescale: Details how a minimum viable product will be achieve within the project duration
  • Team: Key personnel CVs and expertise, organisational profile if applicable

All information you provide as part of your proposal – whether submitted directly to HMGCC or via a collaborator platform – will be handled in confidence.