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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.


Detecting security threats and contraband in prisons

The Ministry of Justice are to invest up to £950,000 over Phases 1 and 2 of this new SBRI competition to develop novel solutions to the problems that drones, drugs, mobile phones and other contraband pose within a prison environment.  These problems have been widely covered by the media.

The aim of this competition is to develop novel detection techniques to identify and reduce the threat that these items pose. Proposals for Phase 1 funding should set out new concepts addressing at least one of the following:

  • The detection, identification and location of mobile phones and SIM cards, including phones with very low metal content
  • The detection and location of illegal substances, particularly in very small quantities
  • The detection, identification and location of other contraband, including tobacco, alcohol, weapons and explosives
  • The detection and identification of drones.  

Full details can be found here

·         Competition opens: Monday 18 September 2017

·         Registration closes: Wednesday 25 October 2017 12:00pm


Award: up to £950,000

Opens: Currently open

Competition Closes: 12 noon, 1 November 2017