News story: Maximising Human Performance – Market Exploration

first_img Novel ways to optimise training and enhance readiness for deployment. Work under this challenge could include, but is not limited to, research into the following areas: the use of novel ergogenic aids, ways to make novel methods of training more accessible to defence and security trainers. The aim is to enhance cognitive and physical readiness to deploy and maintain performance on deployment. Any future challenge end goal is to ensure the Ministry of Defence has the most powerful capabilities available to enhance the physical and cognitive performance of personnel. The aim is to provide a toolkit of techniques, demonstrated to be effective, to apply during complex training and operations, leading to improved overall system performance and mitigation of information and physical overload.What we wantWe are interested in innovative capabilities and ideas that aim to address one or more of the five challenge areas, at any level of maturity. Submissions should be provided by teams with the experience and knowledge necessary to establish sound scientific evidence for any potential technology or intervention. By completing the Capability Submission Form neither the government nor yourselves are committing to anything, but your submissions will be used to help the government focus the direction of the work and shape the requirements for a possible themed call in this area in the future.What we don’t wantWe are not interested in receiving ideas for literature reviews, plans for paper-based studies or marginal improvements to existing capabilities. This is not a competition and therefore we are not asking for costed proposals at this stage. This is a market engagement request for information exercise and we do not commit to subsequently launch a formal DASA competition.How to submit a Capability Submission FormComplete DASA Capability Submission Form – Maximising Human Performance (MS Word Document, 887KB) (noting the word limits) and then email it to [email protected] by 16 November 2018 with Maximising Human Performance in the subject line.Please only provide details of one product/capability per form. If you have a number of potential solutions then please submit multiple forms.If you have any questions then please email [email protected] with Maximising Human Performance in the subject line.How we use your InformationInformation you provide to us in a Capability Submission Form, that is not already available to us from other sources, will be handled in-confidence. By submitting a Capability Submission Form you are giving us permission to keep and use the information for our internal purposes, and to provide the information onwards, in-confidence, within UK Government. DASA will not use or disclose the information for any other purpose, without first requesting permission to do so. Novel methods and interventions to optimise performance of people undertaking prolonged complex work (work that involves sustaining performance over long periods of time, weeks/months and possible cumulative effects). Work under this challenge could include, but is not limited to, research into the following areas: optimising sleep quality through the use of novel techniques/technologies, investigating new methods of improving performance when operating under sleep disrupted conditions, looking at novel approaches to maintaining alertness/countering fatigue, improving the quality of rest, enhancing speed of recovery/regeneration and enabling relaxation during any ‘down’ time. We are not looking for advice on sleep hygiene or how to manage jet lag; we want to see truly novel investigations into new techniques, tools, technologies and approaches in this area. Novel strategies to sustain or improve performance of complex cognitive tasks and ways to mitigate potential overload (investigating factors that can impact on performance of a complex cognitive task during a single ‘shift’). Work under this challenge could include, but is not limited to, research into the following areas: investigating training methods that help personnel manage multiple diverse sources of information and assist decision-making, methods, tools or techniques to manage physical and cognitive fatigue that results from time on task, and maintain/improve performance during long shifts. We would also like to see ideas for research which aims to advance our ability to identify times when personnel are likely to become cognitively ‘overloaded’. For example, research in this area might look at ways to measure cognitive ‘load’, improving our understanding of the links between cognitive performance, cognitive fatigue and workload and methods of measuring all of the above without interrupting a task. The role of nutrition for enhancing performance. Work under this challenge could include, but is not limited to, research into the following areas: novel nutritional supplementation as an ergogenic aid – investigating novel supplements which might enhance physical and/or cognitive performance during long duration training and operations. Submissions should be based on a sound scientific understanding of the basis of the potential effects (for example, understanding of the metabolism or neuroscience) and the ability to scientifically investigate any nutritional intervention. The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) are scoping the potential for an innovation challenge in maximising human performance, for the Ministry of Defence’s Future Workforce and Human Performance Programme. To aid in the design of the potential challenge we are undertaking market engagement to provide us with an understanding of capabilities that currently exist or innovative ideas which could potentially address this challenge. This request for information is not a commitment to subsequently launch a formal DASA competition.BackgroundDstl is seeking to research and develop new and innovative techniques to safely enhance performance of human operators. This research will investigate factors which limit or degrade the effectiveness of the operator, whilst delivering evidence-based guidance to sustain, enhance or augment their physical and/or cognitive performance at times of operational imperative. These techniques will be exploited directly in support of the UK’s defence and security operations maximising the effectiveness of UK Government’s investment in its personnel.Challenge AreasSolutions will support personnel during training and operations, in preparation for rapid reaction response or for deployment on long duration, complex operations to a variety of different challenging environments. There are five challenge areas where we’re looking for innovative capabilities to sustain, enhance or augment cognitive and/or physical performance: Novel techniques to enhance human cognitive performance. Novel interventions for improving cognitive performance are in development, however, these interventions often lack the evidence base to be able to support their use, or they have an existing evidence base which doesn’t go far enough from the point of view of defence and security. For example, a training intervention may have good evidence that it improves performance in a well-structured scenario, such as a set piece in sport, however, the evidence base doesn’t exist to demonstrate that the intervention will translate into an improvement in performance in a complex operational situation, or that it could be widely applied to a broad spectrum of users with differing cognitive abilities. Work under this challenge should aim to address these types of issues and develop the evidence base needed to either support (or dismiss) existing and novel interventions.last_img read more

MULROY DRIVE GETS OFF TO A FLYING START

first_imgSean Quinn CEO Failte Ireland and Paddy Logue Chairman Mulroy Bay Tourism & Development Committee having a look through the newly launched Mulroy Drive brochure which outlines the many attractions and activities available within this area of natural beauty.The Mulroy Drive Tourist & Development Group hosted a successful launch this weekend to a massive crowd in Logue’s of Cranford.The event, which was launched by Minister of State for the Gaeltacht Joe McHugh TD,and attended by Fáilte Ireland CEO Sean Quinn, Mayor of Letterkenny Municipal District Michael McBride, Michael Heaney from Donegal County Council, and Seamús Ó GallachóIr from Údaras na Gaeltachta, along with other Councillors from Donegal County Council, saw the launch the new Mulroy Drive route, complete with maps, brochures, and road signs, as well as a new tourist app.Minister Joe McHugh said at the launch: “I am delighted to attend such a wonderful event, and I am really heartened by the huge turn-out here. Today’s launch sees the Mulroy Drive as the first route in Ireland to get an official extension to the Wild Atlantic Way, which has been mapped by tourist chiefs and acknowledged as an extra route for tourists to visit. “This will encourage visitors to take the 22-mile route around Mulroy, including areas such as Cranford, Milford and Kerrykeel, which I believe will benefit tourists by enabling them to cover more of the county on their travels, and will in turn economically benefit these local areas.“I wish to commend the Mulroy Drive Group (Céide na Maoile Rua) for all their hard work and dedication to this project, which has involved local businesses and community representatives working closely together, over the last year, in ensuring that this process would be carried out with a successful outcome.“I wish to acknowledge the support from Failte Ireland, and the local team, who recognised the potential of this venture and have supported the project from the beginning. I wish to also commend the co-operation between Donegal County Council and Údaras na Gaeltachta, whose help and support to the project was invaluable.“I am delighted to see in attendance today also members from various local companies and small businesses, who brought along information and samples of their products, which further shows the great community co-operation, evident in these communities. It is this culture of local community spirit which is of huge importance to the local tourism industry, and will be further enhanced by today’s launch of the Mulroy Drive.” Sean Quinn CEO Failte Ireland and Paddy Logue Chairman Mulroy Bay Tourism & Development Committee having a look through the newly launched Mulroy Drive brochure which outlines the many attractions and activities available within this area of natural beauty.Taking shelter from a late May shower in the Forge at Logue’s of Cranford are Michael Mc Ginley of Mc Ginley’s Corner Bar, Kerrykeel Denis Mulhare, Cormac Walsh and Joan Crawford of the Wild Atlantic Way tourist attraction.John Mc Carron of Willow Farmhouse pictured at the launch of the Mulroy Drive initative with Joan Crawford Wild Atlantic Way Team Leader and Dessie & Louise Mc Gettigan of Ripples Restaurant, KerrykeelDenis Mulhare of Rockhill Holiday Park & Activity Centre and Cormac Walsh of the Glen Bar & Restaurant, two attractions on the Mulroy Drive, pictured enjoying a cup of tea in the Forge at Logue’s of Cranford where the Mulroy Drive initative was launched.CEO of Failte Ireland Sean Quinn stokes the fire in Logue’s Forge when he visited the Cranford area to launch the Mulroy Drive which will attract many tourists to the area over the coming months. Included in the picture are Tommy Logue and Patrick Logue.Michael Mc Bride serving up some refreshment to Sean Quinn CEO Failte Ireland at Logue’s of Cranford where he launched the Mulroy Drive.Minister Joe Mc Hugh welcomes Sean Quinn CEO Failte Ireland to Cranford where he launched the Mulroy Drive which will be a large tourist attraction over the coming months and years. Included in the picture is County Mayor Michael Mc Bride.Sean Quinn CEO Failte Ireland, Paddy Logue Chairman Mulroy Bay Tourism & Development Committee, Minister Joe Mc Hugh TD Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs and the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources with Special Responsibility for Gaeltacht Affairs and Natural Resources and Seamus O’ Gallachoir Udaras na Gaeltachta, Language & Culture.Mulroy Bay Tourism & Development Committee Chairman Paddy Logue takes the opportunity to express his views to Minister Joe Mc Hugh at the launch of the Mulroy Drive initative on Friday at Logue’s of Cranford.Cllr. Ian Mc Garvey Donegal Co. Co., Michael Heaney Director of Services with Donegal County Council with specific responsibility for Community, Culture, Planning & Economic Development, Sean Quinn CEO Failte Ireland, Minister Joe Mc Hugh and Michael Mc Bride Donegal County Mayor pictured at the launch of the Mulroy Bay initative.Sean Quinn CEO Failte Ireland, Paddy Logue Mulroy Bay Tourism & Development Committe Chairman, Minister Joe Mc Hugh and Donegal County Mayor Michael Mc Bride pictured discussing business around the Blacksmiths fire as they prepared for the launch of the Mulroy Drive initative.Joan Crawford Wild Atlantic Way Team Manager pictured at the launch of Mulroy Drive with Minister Joe Mc Hugh and Michael Heaney of Donegal County Council.Paddy Logue Chairman of the Mulroy Bay Tourism & Development Committee addresses the gathering at the launch of the Mulroy Drive which was attended by numerous officials from national & local bodies and government as well as many local residents and business people.MULROY DRIVE GETS OFF TO A FLYING START was last modified: May 31st, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Joe McHughlaunchMulroy Drivelast_img read more