This independent review by David Connell examines how government can maximise the impact of the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI):
- by improving procurement outcomes for government
- by supporting and stimulating innovation by Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), boosting the UK’s innovative capability
- and by supporting the development and commercialisation of new technology-based products and services in the UK.
The accompanying documents set out the evidence and data that BEIS provided to support the independent review, along with annexes providing a literature review, case studies and SBRI usage statistics.
In 2014, Innovate UK commissioned an evaluation of the SBRI programme, conducted by Manchester Institute of Innovation Research with the ERC and OMB Research. The final evaluation report from August 2015 has been published alongside the BEIS evidence and data supporting the independent review of SBRI.
As part of the independent review of SBRI, the government held an online consultation in 2016/17, seeking views on how SBRI can be improved to help more small businesses turn their innovative ideas into technology-based products.