Find out what GovTech Catalyst does, the kind of problems it solves and who can apply for funding.
What GovTech Catalyst does
GovTech Catalyst uses a £20 million fund to help solve public sector problems (called ‘challenges’) using innovative digital technology.
The problems GovTech Catalyst solves
To be selected for funding, the public sector team must describe a current public sector service or policy delivery problem which:
- has no current solution
- needs an innovative digital solution
- will bring better public services or reduce costs
They must also be willing to buy the digital solution at the end of the process.
Who can submit a challenge for funding
The following public sector organisations can submit a challenge they need GovTech Catalyst funding to help solve:
- UK central government organisations
- devolved administrations
- local public sector organisations
Businesses and academic institutions can’t apply for funding, but they can be a supplier.
How the process works
Once a challenge has been selected, suppliers can bid for the work in an open and transparent process.
Up to 5 suppliers will be selected to work on phase 1, which lasts for 3 months.
At the end of phase 1, the public sector team and GovTech Catalyst team will decide if there’s value in continuing to phase 2.
In phase 2, up to 2 suppliers will be chosen to continue their work. Phase 2 lasts for one year.
What the fund’s worth
The GovTech Catalyst fund is worth £20 million in total. So far, 15 challenges have received funding.
For each challenge:
- phase 1 has up to £250,000 available for 5 suppliers
- phase 2 has up to £1,000,000 available for 2 suppliers
Find out more about how the GovTech process works.