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SBRI UK Global Navigation Satellite System: Receiver concept development


UK businesses can apply for funding to explore the development of receivers for a future UK Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS).

This is a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition.

The UK Space Agency will invest in research and development (R&D) to explore the challenges, innovation and future concepts of UK GNSS receivers. GNSS is increasingly used to support basic societal and security functions.

The aim of this competition is to:

  • Conduct early concept development
  • Investigate new concepts for future GNSS receivers (user and reference or monitoring grade)
  • Identify innovative approaches to the delivery of more traditional models
  • Develop UK capabilities
  • Understand the possible opportunities ahead

This competition will have two phases:

  1. Phase 1A is an expression of interest.
  2. Phase 1B details will be revealed during the industry day on 28 November.

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This competition aims to identify innovative concepts for GNSS receivers with a focus on feasibility. Proposals should identify established and future concepts to deliver GNSS receivers, from multiple perspectives. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Identification and understanding of the impact and potential of state-of-the-art technologies and capabilities
  • Technical readiness and scope for innovation
  • Improved security features including innovations in authentication and trust
  • Ability for the receivers to be used by a wide range of sectors
  • Innovative concepts of implementation and of operations

As most GNSS receiver designs are based on concepts developed more than 20 years ago, the UK Space Agency believe there is significant scope to innovate in this field.

Proposals can develop original ideas or adapt successful technologies, techniques or processes from other cutting-edge science and technology fields, drawing on UK capabilities and expertise.

Multiple outputs are required relating to exploring the feasibility of the concepts identified by the UK Space Agency, its partners and the successful bidders. These outputs will be detailed at the briefing event.

Your proposal will explore new concepts and innovations for future UK GNSS receivers.

To be on the project, you must:

  • Be prepared to take appropriate security measures
  • Attend the phase 1B briefing on 28 November 2019

Details about the security measures and briefing event will be given to applicants who register for this EoI.

You can:

  • Be a UK organisation of any size
  • Work alone or in collaboration with other UK organisations (including businesses, research base and third sector)
The SBRI process allows the UK Space Agency to fund 100% of the project’s eligible costs. This is under the pre-commercial procurement (PCP) of R&D protocol. Pre-commercial procurement is a way for the public and private sectors to share the risks and rewards of R&D. Contracts to carry out research and development services are awarded by the UK Space Agency to successful bidders.

There are no eligible project costs associated with an expression of interest. Funding for phase 1B will be detailed to successful applicants in this phase.

In this competition, the UK Space Agency will not fund projects covering:

  • Market research
  • Management consultancy
  • Solutions that do not offer significant innovation

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.