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Accelerating the building of housing using geospatial intelligence: SBRI competition

Overview:

Organisations can apply for a share of £250,000, including VAT, to investigate how technology can be used to monitor developments of all sizes and types.

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

The aim of the competition is to investigate how technology can be used to monitor developments of all sizes and types, building an accurate picture of development status from permission to completion and occupation.

The outcome should be solutions which create an accurate timeline of development. The developed tool will be tested to ensure it enables planners to make more informed decisions.

The overall programme will be delivered over two phases. This is phase 1 of a potential two-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.

The first phase involves research and development contracts being awarded to demonstrate technical feasibility of the proposed solution.

The second phase involves up to two R&D contracts being awarded to businesses chosen from the successful phase 1 applicants.

Open Date:

15/07/2019

Close Date:

21/08/2019

Waltham Forest is investigating how technology can be used to monitor developments of all sizes and types, building an accurate picture of development status from permission to completion and occupation.

The outcome of this competition should be solutions which construct an accurate timeline of development. This means bringing together the diverse sources of information which already exist, and exploring potential new sources of information for the monitoring of development sites. The tool developed will be tested to ensure that it enables planners to make more informed decisions.

Innovate UK are particularly encouraging applications that:

  • Demonstrate how Waltham Forest can blend existing council owned datasets, such as Council Tax records, with other datasets such as postal address files to build an accurate timeline of development
  • Explore how to apply new technologies to the collection and analysis of data for monitoring, from satellite imaging to crowdsourcing and collaborative maintenance of data
  • Investigate how a system might assess the uncertainty present in various data sources and learn from interactions to increase the accuracy of key statistics and forecast estimated dates of completion
  • Will be tested and proven to work with planners

To lead a project, you can:

  • Be an organisation of any size
  • Work alone or with others from business, the research base or the third sector as subcontractors

Phase 1 projects should start from 15 November 2019 and last up to three months. Innovate UK expect to fund up to five projects.

Project costs should range in size up to total costs of £50,000 including VAT per organisation.

You must work closely with Waltham Forest Council in east London.

The first phase involves research and development contracts being awarded to demonstrate technical feasibility of the proposed solution.

A total of up to £250,000 including VAT, is allocated to phase 1 of the competition.

It is anticipated that the feasibility study research and development (R&D) contracts will be in the region of up to £50,000 including VAT. This is for each project for up to three months. The assessors will consider fair value in making their evaluation.

Innovate UK would welcome bids that bring together a consortium of sector specialists.

The second phase involves up to two R&D contracts being awarded to businesses chosen from the successful phase 1 applicants.

Up to £500,000, including VAT will be allocated for each contract, in order to develop a prototype and undertake field testing for up to 12 months.

A total of up to £250,000, including VAT, is allocated to phase 1.

Innovate UK expect the feasibility study R&D contracts to be up to £50,000, including VAT, for each project.

Applications must have at least 50% of the contract value attributed directly and exclusively for research and development (R&D) services. R&D can cover solution exploration and design. It can also include prototyping and field-testing the product or service. R&D does not include:

  • Commercial development activities such as quantity production
  • Supply to establish commercial viability or to recover R&D costs
  • Integration, customisation or incremental adaptations and improvements to existing products or processes

Innovate UK will not fund projects that cover:

  • The assessment of demand for housing
  • Automation of the collection of Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) or other receipts

Cresco Innovation works with companies to develop and implement innovation strategies. We help client companies identify opportunities to develop new products and services, and then create a package of support to ensure that the idea is turned into a commercial reality.

Our services include securing grants (as a team we have raised around £40million over three years), business planning, IP advice, access to finance and funders, project management and IP commercialisation support.

We regularly act as the interface with the funding bodies and help clients ensure that their projects are properly managed to ensure the best outcome for all.

Call to find out more

If you’d like to know more about this competition, please give us a call on 01509 261182 and one of our team will be delighted to help you access this funding opportunity for your business.