Funding competition 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 competition is now closed.

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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 2 phases:

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

The competition closes at midday 12pm UK time on the deadline stated.

Funding type


Project size

This phase is an expression of interest. Project costs and duration for phase 1B will be provided on the industry day.

Who can apply

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.

Your proposal

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.

Specific themes

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

Projects we will not fund

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

  • market research
  • management consultancy
  • solutions that do not offer significant innovation
21 October 2019
Competition opens
6 November 2019 12:00pm
Registration closes
13 November 2019 12:00pm
Competition closes
28 November 2019
Mandatory phase 1B industry day and briefing event
13 December 2019
Phase 1B competition closes
17 December 2019
Applicants notified

Before you start

To apply:

  • register online using the green button above
  • get your unique application number and form by entering the username and password we email to you
  • read the guidance for applicants for this competition, available on the secure file download site after you register
  • commit to attending the briefing event
  • complete and upload your online application to our secure server using Microsoft Word

Due to security and confidentiality issues, the guidance and other related documents are only made available to registered applicants.

We will not accept late submissions. Your application is confidential.

Selected experts will assess the quality of your phase 1A application. Successful applicants are invited to apply to phase 1B. We will then select the projects to fund.

Background and further information

About SBRI competitions

SBRI provides innovative solutions to challenges faced by the public sector. This can lead to better public services and improved efficiency and effectiveness. SBRI supports economic growth and enables the development of innovative products and services. It does this through the public procurement of research and development (R&D). SBRI generates new business opportunities for companies and provides a route to market for their ideas. It also bridges the seed funding gap experienced by many early-stage companies.

Extra help

You can find information on how to enter this competition in the invitation to tender document, which is available to download on our secure site after registration.

If you want help to find a project partner, contact the Knowledge Transfer Network.

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