Government has made a total of £700,000 funding available in the first phase of a competition to help local authorities create sustainable services based on satellite data.
The competition, from the UK Space Agency’s Space for Smarter Government Programme (SSGP), is seeking projects that use satellite-enabled services to become more effective or new services that enhance the customer experience.
SSGP aims overall to inspire the public sector to be more efficient, save money and stimulate market growth through greater use of space-derived services.
The competition welcomes projects in four categories: local authorities; natural hazard risk management, for example, response to flooding; environment, for example, wildlife conservation; and ‘other’ organisations’ projects designed for the benefit of any public sector end user. The local authority category is open to single or multiple organisations as well as devolved administrations.
All entries must have an identified public sector end user who is engaged and would be willing to work on the project towards an operational service and a clear business case with a realistic route to market.
There is no defined number of winners, but applicants may apply for up to £80,000 (from a total pool of £700,000) in phase one, with development contracts in place for a maximum of five months. In phase two, contracts are intended to develop prototypes or demonstrators from phase one. Funding of up to £500,000 in total is available for up to 12 months, although there is no guarantee that success at phase one means success at phase two application.
The initiative is supported by Government’s InnovateUK and the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) which connects public sector challenges with innovative ideas from industry to generate economic growth and better meet Government objectives.
Applicants must register to apply by noon on 9 September.