This is a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition with funding provided by the GovTech Catalyst for Leeds city council and city of York council.
The overall programme will be delivered over 2 phases. This is phase 1 of a potential 2-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 take part in phase 2.
Phase 1: summary of the main findings or learnings following research
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. It is anticipated the feasibility study R&D contracts will be up to £50,000, including VAT, for each project for up to 3 months. We expect to fund up to 5 projects.
We would welcome applications led by a sector specialist, or including sector specialists among the subcontractors.
Phase 2: research and development contracts, prototype development and testing resulting in prototype installation to test functionality
The second phase involves up to 2 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.