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SBRI Competitions for Technology Companies

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SBRI Competitions for Technology Companies

SBRI (Small Business Research Initiative) is the Innovate UK programme to provide opportunities for innovative companies to engage with the public sector to solve specific problems.


Finding Explosives Hidden in Electrical Items

The Department for Transport and the Home Office are to invest up to £3m for Phase 1 of this Defence and Security Accelerator challenge competition, which is the second under the joint Future Aviation Security Solutions (FASS) programme. FASS will invest £25.5 million over a 5 year period (2016-2021) to promote innovation and deliver a step change in aviation security.

This competition is now open and looking for proposals for technologies that can improve the ability to prevent hand luggage containing explosives hidden within electrical items from being taken on board an aircraft.

Full details can be found in the Competition Document at:

The competition will be briefed at an Accelerator Innovation Network event on 28 November 2017.

Proposals must be received by the Accelerator by midday on 17 January 2018 and must be submitted to Accelerator online.

Award: up to £3m in phase one

Opens: Currently open

Competition Closes: 12 noon, 17 January 2018


Mental Health & Technology in Surgery

NHS England in partnership with the Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) want to find innovative new products and services, with projects selected primarily on their potential value to the health service and on the improved outcomes delivered for patients. 

Successful applicants can receive up to £100,000 for feasibility projects at phase 1 and up to a further £1 million for phase 2 for more detailed development of solutions that match the needs of the NHS.  The 2 competitions are being run alongside each other. 

Mental health problems account for a quarter of ill health in the UK and have an economic and social cost of £105 billion a year.  More and more people are needing specialist mental health services, and there are pressures on services to meet demand with the appropriate level of care and to reach all people needing treatment.  There are 3 categories under this theme:

  • Children and young people’s mental health, including identifying mental health issues early and ways of helping children to stay in education
  • Depression, self-harm and suicide, including technologies that could be used to alleviate depression and self-harm and prevent suicide
  • New models of care, including ways of sharing data between mental health service providers

The number of surgical admissions increased from 3.7 million in 2003/04 to 4.7 million in 2013/14. Waiting times for non-urgent surgery are on the rise. There was a 39% increase in the number of patients waiting more than 18 weeks for planned treatment in the 12 months to February 2017.  The NHS is interested in technologies that can help surgeons to carry out their work better and more cost effectively.  There are 2 categories:

  • Pre-operative surgical simulation technologies, including ways in which surgeons could be better informed or practice in advance use of technologies such as artificial intelligence and data analytics
  • Technologies to help with surgical procedures, including technologies to improve decision-making or reduce the cost of surgery and robots to carry out some procedures

The competitions are open to single companies or organisations from the private, public and third sectors, including charities.   Full details can be found at

Award: up to £100k in phase 1 and up to £1m in phase two.

Opens: Currently open

Competition Closes: 12 noon, 29 November 2017