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Space data analytics: apply for funding

4 July 2019

Opportunity to tender for development contracts with space data analytics projects

SBRI Health & Care: Department of Health (DoH) Northern Ireland competition for development contracts opens on 5 July 2019 to offer funding for new space data analytics projects.

The funding is intended for projects that can triangulate prescription (health) data and air quality/ pollution data with location data to supply new information through an innovative and engaging mechanism.

This new data should enable local citizens and the public authorities be better informed about air quality and empower them to make better decisions when managing life, care and wellbeing in a sustainable and healthy way.

The projects should focus on delivering:

  • citizen-based utility to enable healthier choices
  • wider public health planning
  • clinical management of patients where poor air quality could lead to an exacerbation
  • understanding exposure to pollutants and effects at a local level
  • promoting urban healthy living and cleaner environments
  • better city and transport planning

This competition is funded through the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) scheme and is open to all providers that can demonstrate a route to market for their solution.

It is particularly suited to emerging, small and medium-sized business, as the contracts are of relatively small value and operate on short timescales.

Competition phases
Total funding of up to £90,000 for Phase 1 is available to cover all challenges within the SBRI brief. Phase 1 contracts:

  • are intended to design and develop prototypes or demonstration units
  • will be awarded to a potential of three contractors for a maximum period of four months and maximum funding of £30,000 (excluding VAT) per project
  • must be completed four months following the commencement of contracts

In a potential Phase 2 project, clinical and field trials of technology may be required. Suppliers for Phase 2 projects will be selected by a competitive process between existing Phase 1 suppliers and will retain the intellectual property generated from the project, with certain rights of use licensed to the DoH.

There may be an option for Phase 3 contracts, which are intended for pre-commercial testing to support continued development of the prototype. Only those projects that have completed Phase 2 successfully will be eligible for any potential Phase 3.

Tender process
All relevant tender documents, including the project brief and information on how this tender will be evaluated, are available to download free of charge from the eTendersNI procurement portal.

The deadline for tender submissions is Friday 30 August 2019 at 15:00.

In order to access and submit a tender via eTendersNI, all suppliers must complete a company registration process. When accessing eTendersNI for the first time, refer to the section 'Suppliers new to eTendersNI' for information on registration and helpdesk details.

For more information, download SBRI Notice - Call for Tender SPACE Phase 1 (DOC, 153K).