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SBRI: using geospatial data to solve transport challenges, phase 1


The Geospatial Commission has partnered with Innovate UK to create a new £2 million transport data competition to support the future of mobility.

Organisations can apply for a share of up to £2 million, inclusive of VAT, to develop feasibility studies for one of the themed challenges. Competition is now open and will close on Wednesday 4 November 2020 11:00am !

This competition involves research and development (R&D) contracts being awarded to demonstrate technical feasibility of the proposed solution. The phase 1 contracts will be up to £75,000, inclusive of VAT. This is for each project for up to 12 weeks. Projects are expected to start by 4 January, end by 31 March 2021 and can last up to 12 weeks. Innovate UK expect to fund about 30 projects. The assessors will consider fair value in making their evaluation. Innovate UK welcome bids from a single entity that brings together sector specialists as subcontractors.

To lead a project, you can:

  • be an organisation of any size
  • work alone or with other organisations

Contracts will be awarded only to a single legal entity. However, if you can justify subcontracting components of the work, you can employ specialist consultants or advisers. This work will still be the responsibility of the main contractor.


If you have specific skills or services to offer but do not wish to apply into the competition directly, or if you are an applicant but have gaps in your delivery team, please use the Transport Location Data SBRI Innovation Competition Marketplace to connect with others.


The aim of this competition is to identify innovative geospatial solutions to current transport challenges and enable the future of mobility within specific themes. Your project must:

  • provide an initial assesment 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 scaleable to new contexts
  • demonstrate a credible and practical route to market
  • identify a potential public sector lead customer or challenge owner for your solution

A matching service to pair solution providers with a strategic or lead customer is provided on the Transport Location Data SBRI Innovation Competition Marketplace.

Your project must demonstrate an application of geospatial data or technology (or both), such as:

  • earth observation and satellite-derived data
  • artificial intelligence or machine learning algorithms applied to spatial datasets
  • internet of things (IoT) sensors capturing spatial information
  • surveying, 3D laser scanning or spatial imaging
  • advanced geographic information systems analysis or geovisualisation and environment modelling

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Competition page SBRI: using geospatial data to solve transport challenges, phase 1

Transport Location Data SBRI Innovation Competition – Marketplace