SBRI: Intelligent Data to Transform Local Council Service Delivery

Funding opportunity:

SBRI: Intelligent Data to Transform Local Council Service Delivery



Funder and programme:

GovTech Catalyst – Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI)


Up to £ 50,000 (Phase 1, feasibility study)

Up to £ 500,000 (Phase 2, prototype development & testing)



Registration closes:

31/10/2018 (12:00 noon)

Competition closes:

07/11/2018 (12:00 noon)

This is a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition with funding provided by the GovTech Catalyst.

This competition is sponsored by Durham County Council and Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council. They want to gather and analyse data from new sources, such as information collected by residents or data captured using council vehicles. They will use this data and analysis to improve delivery across their services.

This competition looks at 2 specific data-gathering techniques in local council services:

  1. Boots on the ground’: enabling residents to collect and report accurate data about public assets, such as potholes and street lighting, to the local council.
  2. Eyes on the street’: using local council vehicles to collect and report data as they travel around the borough.

These collection and reporting methods should enable better analysis, leading to a more efficient service delivery.

This is the first phase of a 2-phase competition.

The selection panel expects projects to range in size up to total costs of £50,000, including VAT, per organisation. Projects are expected to start by 7 February 2019.

In phase 2, the project assessors expect to award 2 R&D contracts to successful phase 1 applicants for up to 12 months. They should focus on prototype development and testing. The end result will be a prototype installation that can test functionality. Up to £500,000, including VAT, will be allocated for each contract.

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

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