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Using Geospatial Data To Solve Transport Challenges (Phase 1)

Automotive & Transport
Project Size:
Up to £75,000


This competition is funded by the Geospatial Commission, part of the Cabinet Office. The aim is to identify innovative geospatial solutions to current transport challenges and enable the future of mobility.

This is phase 1 of a potential 2-phase competition. A decision to proceed with phase 2 will depend on the outcomes from phase 1. Only successful applicants from phase 1 will be able to apply to take part in phase 2. This will involve a separate application into a subsequent phase 2 competition.

This competition involves R&D contracts being awarded to demonstrate technical feasibility of the proposed solution. A total of up to £2 million, inclusive of VAT, is allocated to this phase.

The phase 1 contracts will be up to £75,000, inclusive of VAT. This is for each project for up to 12 weeks. The assessors will consider fair value in making their evaluation.


Projects are expected to start by 4 January, end by 31 March 2021 and can last up to 12 weeks.

To lead a project, you can:

  • Be an organisation of any size
  • Work alone or with other organisations

Contracts will be awarded only to a single legal entity. However, if you can justify subcontracting components of the work, you can employ specialist consultants or advisers. This work will still be the responsibility of the main contractor.


The aim of this competition is to identify innovative geospatial solutions to current transport challenges and enable the future of mobility within specific themes.

Your project must:

  • Provide an initial assessment of user requirements
  • Demonstrate economic, social and/or environmental value
  • Demonstrate an approach that is novel or innovative for the UK, or an innovative approach that is scalable to new contexts
  • Demonstrate a credible and practical route to market, so your application must include a plan to commercialise your results
  • Identify a potential public sector lead customer or challenge owner for your solution

Your project must demonstrate an application of geospatial data or technology (or both), such as:

  • Earth observation and satellite-derived data
  • Artificial intelligence or machine learning algorithms applied to spatial datasets
  • Internet of things (IoT) sensors capturing spatial information
  • Surveying, 3D laser scanning or spatial imaging
  • Advanced geographic information systems analysis or geovisualisation and environment modelling

Applications must focus on at least one of the themes set out here:

  • Mobility as a service - overcoming siloed transport networks by enabling more seamless and accessible integration of transport modes
  • Active travel - mitigating safety risks to promote active travel
  • Supply chains- tackling logistical challenges including planning distribution networks and routing, optimising storage and warehousing, and last-mile delivery to reduce freight transport costs
  • Increasing capacity - managing over and under-capacity to increase efficiency of our transport networks without compromising safety
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