Enabling the public sector to save money, innovate and make more effective policy decisions by using space technology and data

Jul 2015 - Launch of SBRI competition (updated)

9 July 2015 – The Space for Smarter Government Programme (via the UK Space Agency) is making up to £700,000 (inc VAT) available for new innovative technology solutions that contribute towards its goals of helping the public sector create sustainable operational services from satellite data and enable smarter, more efficient operations, reduce risk and enhance policy making.

A key goal of the programme is to also make use of existing investment in space and allow UK government to become first, intelligent customers for satellite products and services that could generate economic growth through export.

Operational users and their user requirements must be identified. Space for Smarter Government Programme (SSGP) can assist in identifying appropriate end users.

This competition is particularly looking for new solutions that will lead to satellite-enabled services for the public sector in any of the following challenge areas:

  • Natural Hazard Risk Management
  • Environment
  • Local Authorities and or Devolved Administrations
  • Other

The competition will have two phases. Phase 1 has a total budget of £700,000 (inc VAT) and is intended to show the technical feasibility of the proposed concept. The development contracts placed will be for a maximum of 5 months up to £80,000 (inc. VAT) per project. 

Phase 2 contracts are intended to develop and evaluate prototypes or demonstrators from the more promising technologies in Phase 1, and it is anticipated that funding will be up to £500,000 (inc VAT) for each Phase 2 contract for up to 12 months.

Event Briefing

A webinar was held on 7 July 2015, and you can now download the presentation from that event. During the webinar the following questions were raised and the answers are provided below:

  • Question: Is the programme limited to civil government or could the end user be in the security & defence domain?
    Answer: All public sector users are within scope of the “Other” challenge area. All information in the public domain hosted on this website as a result of any project would need to be at the appropriate security classification.
  • Question: If a public sector organisation is interested, how do they team up with a project / organisation?
    Answer: Contact the team at ssgp@sa.catapult.org.uk and we will deal with each request on a case by case basis. We would discuss with you if you would want your public sector need to be published.
  • Question: Will any of you be available for a catch up at the UK Space conference (14-15 July 2015)?
    Answer: Sara Huntingdon and Kathy Bass will be attending the UK Space Conference. Kathy will be speaking on Tuesday at the 11:30am session and would be willing to answer any questions and then publish any additional answers to this site.
  • Question: The aims and objectives of the program are to inspire HMG to deliver more efficient operations and save money to generally promote greater use of space-derived services thereby stimulate market growth. But is this growth within HMG or within UK plc as a whole?
    Answer: All projects will be assessed on their potential route to market and the sustainability of that solution whether that is exclusively funded by HMG or a service that has a wider customer/user base.

How to Apply

The deadline for applications is 12.00 noon on 16 September 2015. In order to apply you must register with the SBRI for the competition by 12.00 noon on 9 September 2015 at https://interact.innovateuk.org/space-for-smarter-government

When you register you will be sent login details for the FTP site where you will be able to download the guidance documents, you will also be sent an application form with an assigned reference number. You will need this reference number for all subsequent enquiries.

Questions related to the Challenges themselves should be addressed directly to John Vesey or the SSGP team at ssgp@sa.catapult.org.uk

The application forms are suitable for ONE application only. If you intend to submit more than one application, or have any other questions about the application process please request further information from the Business Support Group using the contact details below.


Status: Forthcoming

Open Date: 29 June 2015

Registration Close Date: 12.00 noon on 9 September 2015


Close Date: 12.00 noon 16 September 2015

Website: www.innovateuk.org/sbri

E-mail: competitions@innovateuk.org

Phone number: 0300 321 4357