Bright ideas scheme.

#1
I seem to recall there is a scheme whereby if you have a bright idea the MoD pay you some money.

I further recall that the amount is more or less derisory irrespective of the savings or benefits of the "Bright idea"

I have a bright idea for an accessory for Skill at Arms training. It would be cheap, widely used and quite beneficial. A tame SAA instructor agrees with this assessment.

Is it worth looking at the scheme (does anyone have any details) or should I just go for it commercially and then try to offer it to MoD?
 
#2
There certainly is, the bright spark that looked up from his notebook in a dark meeting room somewhere and muttered, 'we could lay off that bunch of spine tinglingly workshy war dodgers and save a mint?' is now living in Monaco with a cocaine habit, gold shoes and the Elgin Marbles in a drawer in his ivory floored bedroom..
 
#4
Look up GEMS. There should be a poster in most units and a rep at either unit or garrison level. Any LAD/Wksp is a good place to start but it is not a REME only scheme.
 
#5
reni_77 said:
There certainly is, the bright spark that looked up from his notebook in a dark meeting room somewhere and muttered, 'we could lay off that bunch of spine tinglingly workshy war dodgers and save a mint?' is now living in Monaco with a cocaine habit, gold shoes and the Elgin Marbles in a drawer in his ivory floored bedroom..
Surely he would have been, if his idea had worked?

As it is, he's probably just sat in his million pound, but distinctly non-ivoried flat somewhere in Kensington... either that or quietly got the sack for making Gordo look like a c0ck.
 
#6
BiscuitsAB said:
patent the thing and go outside the MOD or be prepared to be shafted and have someone else make all the money out oof your idea if its any good.
I am inclined that way....
 
#8
How big are the awards?
The award received depends on the suggestion and the savings and/or benefits generated by its implementation. Award Groups have 4 award options open to them when assessing suggestions, these are; No Award, Saving Based Award (Max £10,000), Benefit Based Award (Max £3,000) or Encouragement Award (Max £50). All of the awards are explained in detail in the GEMS Scheme Instructions.
Hmmmm.....
 
#9
EX_STAB said:
How big are the awards?
The award received depends on the suggestion and the savings and/or benefits generated by its implementation. Award Groups have 4 award options open to them when assessing suggestions, these are; No Award, Saving Based Award (Max £10,000), Benefit Based Award (Max £3,000) or Encouragement Award (Max £50). All of the awards are explained in detail in the GEMS Scheme Instructions.
Hmmmm.....

Hmmmmmm indeed. I think that translates to hey thats a brillinant idea now bend over the desk whilst we Fuck you over.
 
#11
We had a guy ( Ron Aqualina........ RIP ) who invented a .22 gunnery simulator for Chieftain in the 70s ( The Aqualina bracket ) As I remember, it went into a high level of production and every Chieftain squadron in the RAC received one which in those days were quite a few.

If I remember rightly, despite the millions of quid involved, he was shafted with just a few grand.
So I recon there is a message to be had there.

(If I'm wrong on this, I'm sure I'll be corrected shortly)
 
#12
BiscuitsAB said:
Hmmmmmm indeed. I think that translates to hey thats a brillinant idea now bend over the desk whilst we Fuck you over.
I was told this at Wallop and I didn't even need to come up with a brilliant idea! :roll:
 
#13
Adam(KOS) said:
(If I'm wrong on this, I'm sure I'll be corrected shortly)
Shortly - it was a laser (Aqualight) to do away with that stupid .22 thingy.

PS he eventualy was awarded the MBE for his service to the gunnery gods.
 
#14
Patent your idea if it is a of global significance, otherwise copyright it and flog it to the MOD without giving them sole rights. I developed something in my last 4 years in the army which would have startlingly improved an aspect of their anti terrorist operations, but they didnt want to pay and told me that it was my duty to hand over all details to them. I refused and went on to earn a comfortable crust with my concept when I left the service.
 
#15
elovabloke said:
Adam(KOS) said:
(If I'm wrong on this, I'm sure I'll be corrected shortly)
Shortly - it was a laser (Aqualight) to do away with that stupid .22 thingy.

PS he eventualy was awarded the MBE for his service to the gunnery gods.
Thanks Elova. Ah yes I remember the laser thing coming in using the same bracket. The amount of money that must have been save on live ammo ( eg; Hesh ) must have been phenomenal.
He deserved the MBE but a lot more besides.
 
#16
Bloody hell, is that still going?

Back in t'olden days, I remember an h'officer coming up with the idea to fit a 'ski jump' on the front of aircraft carriers to chuck a/c into the air off the end of the deck. Seem to remember him getting a payout for that.
 
#17
IIRC the ski jump on the end of our toy aircraft carriers came about as a result of this scheme.

Bugger - just noted the above post.
 
#18
elovabloke said:
Adam(KOS) said:
(If I'm wrong on this, I'm sure I'll be corrected shortly)
Shortly - it was a laser (Aqualight) to do away with that stupid .22 thingy.

PS he eventualy was awarded the MBE for his service to the gunnery gods.
Not to mention;
1. The Main LAD gunfighter(early 70s) who invented a whole, new, never jammed, Vent tube loader which was never used, much cheaper to have that rammer lock abortion.
2. The C Sqn guy, Pete D, who made a lead that allowed use of the Dvrs II in the turret in the days where the choice was, see nothing or go white.
Not adopted. I mean, why would you? :roll:
 
#19
EX STAB, If you want intellectual property advice, send me a PM
 
#20
I seem to recall getting an email a while ago about something like this. Where some clever MOD CS suggested that when people leave Main building they turn the lights out, and she got a pay out from it?

But I may have just invented that...
 

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