SBRI: the Small Business Research Initiative

Information about SBRI for businesses and public sector organisations that might want to use the scheme.

SBRI brings together government challenges and ideas from business to create innovative solutions.

This collection provides information about how the SBRI programme works. It also gives examples of public sector bodies and businesses that have taken part.

It is aimed at:

  • businesses that might want to apply to an SBRI competition to find out how it works and what they can get out of it
  • public sector organisations that might benefit from running an SBRI competition and how to get help to do so

Women In Tech - Jenny Griffiths, Snap Fashion

SBRI overview

The items in this section provide an introduction to SBRI and an overview of how the programme works. They also include statistics and sample case studies.

SBRI was recognised as a leading programme for procurement in a Local Government Association report, ‘Encouraging innovation in local government procurement’. Read the report (pdf).

  1. SBRI: helping government, helping business

    • Promotional material
  2. Government challenges, ideas from business, innovative solutions

    • Promotional material
  3. Review: Evaluation of the Small Business Research Initiative

    • Research and analysis
  4. Learning technologies: design for impact 2015

    • Promotional material

SBRI funding competitions

SBRI supports a range of competitions with public sector organisations and departments.

You can find the latest SBRI competitions in this collection or by searching the innovation funding service.

Success stories

  1. Genomics plc: analytics driving a revolution in healthcare

    • Case study
  2. Aviva deal boosts investment for UK breathalyser diagnosis firm

    • News story
  3. iGeolise races to its destination with time-based search

    • Case study
  4. nquiringminds: making cities smarter places to live and work

    • News story
  5. Mastodon C: helping big cities to solve planning challenges

    • Case study
  6. Isansys Lifecare: transforming the way we keep an eye on patients

    • Case study
  7. Shadow Robot: a helping hand to achieve independent living

    • Case study
  8. Ambiental: mapping flood risks from above the rain clouds

    • Case study
  9. Snap Fashion: digital business revolutionising the way we shop

    • Case study
  10. DigitalAssess: web application could raise standards in schools

    • Case study
  11. NHS in Wales uses SBRI scheme to improve healthcare planning

    • Case study
  12. StepJockey: health app developer wins £600,000 private investment

    • Case study
  13. LED 'sleep mask' helps prevent sight-loss

    • Case study
  14. C-Enduro: A boat that goes the distance

    • Case study
  15. 3D scanning: Measuring how wounds heal

    • Case study
  16. Energy efficient cooking: LoCooker steams ahead

    • Case study

News stories


  1. Innovate UK: find out more about how we work

    • News story
Published 22 June 2015
Last updated 15 January 2018 + show all updates
  1. Updated funding competitions: 'Accelerator competition: regenerative medicine at the front line', 'Saving energy with data from smart meters' and 'Designing roads for driverless vehicles'.
  2. Updated latest competitions.
  3. Updated latest competitions.
  4. Updated competitions and added link to SBRI review.
  5. Updated latest competitions and news stories.
  6. Added latest competitions to open and link to Local Government Association report.
  7. Updated latest competitions.
  8. Added link to story about NHS Scotland contract winners.
  9. Updated latest competitions and success story.
  10. Updated latest competitions.
  11. Updated latest competitions and added 2 video success stories.
  12. Added latest funding competition.
  13. Added latest competitions to collection.
  14. Updated latest success stories and removed closed competitions.
  15. Updated new live funding competitions
  16. Linked to all live competitions
  17. Removed competitions that are now closed for applications: automatic threat detection of firearms and Mobuoy Road waste remediation
  18. Added a new competition: Project innovation fund for Prevent
  19. Added "SBRI – Future Proofing Coding for a Digital Health System" funding competition
  20. Added 2 SBRI competition from Centre for Defence Enterprise: "many drones make light work" and "autonomy in hazardous scene assessment"
  21. Added "Reducing animal use in research" funding competition
  22. Created "Live SBRI funding competition" section
  23. Updated to bring in the latest content and organise into sections
  24. Video added
  25. First published.