Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI)

The Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) is a well established process to connect public sector challenges with innovative ideas from industry, supporting companies to generate economic growth and enabling improvement in achieving government objectives.

SBRI provides innovative solutions to challenges faced by the public sector, leading to better public services and improved efficiency and effectiveness. It generates new business opportunities for companies, provides small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) a route to market for their ideas and bridges the seed funding gap experienced by many early stage companies. It supports economic growth and enables the development of innovative products and services through the public procurement of research and development (R&D).

You can win a contract to research and develop a new product or service for the public sector. Your innovative idea can help improve public services by solving a specific problem.

You can win initial funding of around £50,000 to £100,000 to test your idea and see if it will work. You can win a further contract worth up to £1 million or more to develop this idea.

You can apply for an SBRI contract if you are a business.

Each funding competition has a different theme. Opening dates and deadlines vary. You must apply online.

For more information:

Competition helpline: 0300 321 4357 /

For all general enquiries about the work of the Innovate UK (Technology Strategy Board), please telephone: 01793 442700 or

Address: Innovate UK, The Technology Strategy Board, North Star House, North Star Avenue, Swindon, SN2 1UE