Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI)

What is this competition?

This is a £2m Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition funded by the Geospatial Commission and organised in partnership with InnovateUK. The Geospatial Commission was set up with the mandate to unlock an estimated £6-11bn p.a. from the better use of geospatial data. This competition aims to unlock some of this value in the transport by stimulating market-led geospatial innovation in the transport sector, against 4 key challenge areas:

a) Enabling mobility as a service.
b) Promoting active travel.
c) Optimising supply chains.
d) Increasing capacity.

Who is this competition for?
This competition is open to projects from any private sector organisation or consortium in or outside the UK. Projects must identify a UK public sector strategic customer (such as a local authority) to sponsor each solution. Additionally, projects must demonstrate reasonable use of geospatial data & technology.

Examples of this could include:
a) Earth observation and satellite-derived data
b) Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning (AI/ML) algorithms applied to spatial datasets
c) Internet of Things (IoT) sensors capturing spatial information
d) Surveying, 3-D laser scanning or spatial imaging
e) Advanced Geographic Information System (GIS) analysis or geo-visualization and environment modelling

How will it stimulate market-led geospatial innovation?
SBRI competitions are a tried and tested method for encouraging innovative solutions to public sector challenges. They provide a dedicated procurement route for innovative SMEs who might not otherwise have access to funding opportunities or be crowded out by larger firms.

What is the Innovate UK?

Innovate UK is part of UK Research and Innovation, a non-departmental public body funded by a grant-in-aid from the UK government. For more information, visit the UK Research and Innovation website