Using geospatial data to solve transport challenges

The Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) are looking for innovative geospatial solutions to current transport challenges to enable the future of mobility

What's the open innovation challenge?

This is a SBRI competition funded by the Geospatial Commission which aims to identify geospatial solution to current transport challenges and enable the future of mobility.

Your project must:

  • provide an initial assessment of user requirements
  • demonstrate economic, social and/or environmental value
  • demonstrate an approach that is novel or innovative for the UK, or an innovative approach that is scalable to new contexts
  • demonstrate a credible and practical route to market, so your application must include a plan to commercialise your results
  • identify a potential public sector lead customer or challenge owner for your solution

Proposals must focus on at least one of the following themes:

  • Mobility as a Service
  • Active Travel
  • Supply Chains
  • Increasing capacity

The competition includes 2 phases. The current call is for phase 1 and involves R&D contracts being awarded to demonstrate the technical feasibility of the proposed solution. A total of £2 million (Inc. VAT) has been allocated to this phase.

Phase 1 contracts will be up to £75k (Inc. VAT) per project, for up to 12 weeks.

It is expected that phase 1 will be followed up with a second phase for prototype development and testing. Only successful phase 1 applicants will be eligible to apply to phase 2. It is expected that funding of £500k - £1 million (Inc. VAT) is awarded per phase 2 contract.

Phase 2 project duration will be around 12 months.

Project date milestones

29 September 2020: Competition opens

4 November 2020, 11am: Competition closes

18 December 2020: Applicants notified

22 December 2020: Contracts awarded

15 January 2021: Feedback released

Next steps

Read full guidelines and apply through the UK Government website.