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£5million SBRI competition for Future Cities Solutions

The Technology Strategy Board has worked with UK cities that participated in the Demonstrator competition to identify shared challenges facing local authorities where viable solutions are not yet available in the market.

These challenges are in the areas of energy, data and transportation.

An SBRI competition will open on 1st July to tackle these challenges. See the SBRI site for more info on this competition.  

About the competition

SBRI competitions are run in two phases - prototyping and then a demonstrator from the most promising feasibility study(ies).

In Phase 1, contracts of up to £100,000 will be awarded to companies to work directly with groups of cities for 6 months to explore feasible solutions, and to develop proposals for prototyping and implementation.

For phase 2 of the competition, cities have volunteered to come together around these pressing challenges, and will offer themselves as ‘test beds' for the winning companies to develop, refine and deploy their prototypes. Contracts of up to £1m will be awarded to develop, deploy and test integrated urban solutions.

Information day 3rd July 2013

Information day to be held in Central London on 3rd July will give potential applicants an opportunity to find out more about the SBRI competition and meet key representatives from some of the cities that are participating.  NOTE - this is now sold out, but the event will be streamed. Click here to find out more.

Key dates

Competition opens 1st July (nb scope document not available until then.)

Info day is sold out but will now also be streamed live on 3rd July.  Click here to register your place at the web streaming.

Registration for the competition will close on 7th Aug 2013.

Final submissions by noon on 14th August 2013.

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