Citizens Advice Scotland Producing Automated, Accurate Guidance: SBRI Competition

Funding opportunity:

Citizens Advice Scotland Producing Automated, Accurate Guidance: SBRI Competition



Funder and programme:

Can Do Innovation Challenge Fund – Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI)


Up to £ 30,000 (Phase 1, feasibility study)
Up to £ 150,000 (Phase 2, prototype development & evaluation)



Registration closes:

30/01/2019 (12:00 noon)

Competition closes:

06/02/2019 (12:00 noon)

This is a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition. The aim of the competition is to develop a solution that automates parts of the process of horizon scanning (scanning forthcoming legislation and other trusted sources for information that would result in changes to Citizens Advice Scotland‘s systems) and content development. It must scan vast amounts of data from various sources in short time periods to keep 3,500 pages of content up to date and accurate.

This competition is funded by the Can Do Innovation Challenge Fund, which is managed by a partnership of Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Scottish Government and the Scottish Funding Council.

The overall programme will be delivered over 2 phases. This is Phase 1 of a potential 2-phase competition. A decision to proceed with Phase 2 will depend on the outcomes from Phase 1. Only successful applicants from Phase 1 will be able to apply to take part in Phase 2.

Phase 1: research and development contracts, feasibility study

  • The first phase involves research and development (R&D) contracts being awarded to demonstrate technical feasibility of the proposed solution. A total of up to £150,000, including VAT, is allocated to Phase 1 of the competition.
  • It is anticipated that the feasibility study R&D contracts will be in the region of up to £30,000 each, including VAT. This is for each project for up to 6 months. Up to 5 projects are expected to be funded. The assessors will consider fair value in making their evaluation.
  • Bids that bring together a consortium of sector specialists are welcomed.

Phase 2: research and development contracts, prototype development and testing

  • The second phase involves up to 2 R&D contracts being awarded to businesses chosen from the successful Phase 1 applicants. Up to £150,000, including VAT, will be allocated for each contract, in order to develop a prototype and undertake field testing for up to 12 months.

Phase 1 projects must start on 1 May 2019 and end by 31 October 2019.

MSC R&D can help your business develop by supporting you in:
• Identification of appropriate grants and competition calls for proposals
• Partner search for collaborative Research & Innovation
• Bid writing
• Project management
• Audit compliance
• Commercialisation
• Business Planning
• Market Intelligence reports

If you want help with any of these opportunities, please CONTACT us on 0114 230 8401 or email