Ukraine’s BRAVE1 allocates $3M for defense innovation

Since its inspection in April 2023, the BRAVE1 Defense Technology Cluster has allocated $3,045,000 for developers creating defense innovations. The cluster has distributed a total of 173 grants, according to Mykhailo Fedorov, Minister of Digital Transformation.

TOP-8 directions for grants:

  • 54 — ground robotic complexes;
  • 30 — UAVs;
  • 19 — defense and security systems of the military;
  • 12 — intelligence;
  • 11 — logistics;
  • 10 — communication;
  • 8 — samples and weapon systems;
  • 7 — Electronic signals intelligence (ELINT);
  • 22 — other.

These technologies empower soldiers, save lives, and give our Armed Forces the edge on the battlefield,

Mykhailo Fedorov wrote.

About BRAVE1

BRAVE1 was launched in April 2023 with the goal to accelerate the development of technologies that would help on the battlefield against russian occupiers. Anyone can join the cluster, regardless of whether there is only an idea or a developed prototype.

BRAVE1 accompanies developers at all stages, from application to codification according to NATO standards and contracting. For 2024, BRAVE1 has allocated UAH 1.5 billion for grants, while the number of grants has increased to 10,000, 25,000, 50,000, 100,000, and 200,000 dollars.

During the operation of the BRAVE1 cluster, over 1010 developments that can help the military on the battlefield were submitted.