Innovation and changeDigital TransformationLatest round of GovTech Catalyst open for nominations

Latest round of GovTech Catalyst open for nominations

The latest round of the government's £20 million GovTech Catalyst has opened

The latest round of the government’s £20 million GovTech Catalyst has opened.

The initiative matches complex public sector problems with private sector innovators via competitions for research and development funding, helping the public sector to identify and work with cutting edge technology firms. The competitions use the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) process, supported by Innovate UK.

Any UK public sector body can submit a challenge, including those in devolved administrations and at the local level.

Round 3 is now open and challenges can be submitted until 12 November. Further information on how to submit a challenge and the challenge selection criteria can be found here.

Round 3 competitions and phase 1 implementation are planned to run from 4 March.

Previous challenges

The challenges selected in Round 2 covered a number of pressing public sector issues, including:

  • How might we improve firefighter safety and operational response?
  • How might we make better use of data to guide public sector audits?
  • How might we automatically detect and identify illicit goods during the journey across the border without impacting fluidity of trade?
  • How might we understand the overlaps between business regulations?
  • How might we guarantee prescription continuity while people move between care providers?

The full list of challenges submitted in round 2 can be found here.

Previously, challenges selected in round 1, which are now in the process of being rolled out were:

  • How might we identify, analyse and catalogue still images that are posted online?
  • How might we combat loneliness by helping our communities to help each other, connecting physical and digital worlds, in a digitally and transport deprived area?
  • How might we use emerging technologies to improve the tracking of waste?
  • How might we tackle traffic congestion using data and emerging technologies?
  • How might we use intelligent data to transform local council service delivery?

See the full list of challenges submitted in round 1.

Further information on the GovTech Catlayst programme can be found in this helpful video.

 

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