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

SBRI 2015-2017

In 2016-17, the Space for Smarter Government Programme (via the UK Space Agency) has awarded 3 Phase 2 projects totalling ~£750,000. These Phase 2 projects are developing operational services from the most promising technologies demonstrated in Phase 1. Project abstracts for the winning projects can be found by following these links:

During 2015-2016, the Space for Smarter Government Programme made £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.

This competition was run using Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI)*, supported by Innovate UK**, and was particularly looking for new solutions that would 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 had two phases. Phase 1 had a total budget of £700,000 (inc VAT) and was intended to show the technical feasibility of the proposed concept. This phase ended in March 2016 and more details on the winning projects can be found in the case studies area. A £750,000 competition from within Phase 1 participants was then run to select three Phase 2 projects. These projects were judged by an independent assessment panel run by SBRI. The winning projects begin their work on 2 Sept 2016 and finish at the end of March 2017.

* The Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) programme uses the power of government procurement to drive innovation. It provides opportunities for innovative companies to engage with the public sector to solve specific problems. Competitions for new technologies and ideas are run on specific topics and aim to engage a broad range of organisations. SBRI enables the public sector to engage with industry during the early stages of development, supporting projects through the stages of feasibility and prototyping. SBRI website

** Innovate UK is the UK’s innovation agency. We work with people, companies and partner organisations to find and drive the science and technology innovations that will grow the UK economy - delivering productivity, new jobs and exports and keeping the UK globally competitive in the race for future prosperity. Innovate UK website