Organisations can apply for a share of up to £400,000. Up to £80,000 is available per organisation to develop a new digital solution to help track waste from source through treatment to end destination.
Programme: Innovate UK
Award: Share of up to £400,000
Opens: 11th Jun 2018
Closes: 25th Jul 2018
This is phase 1 of a 2-phase competition.
Defra’s challenge is to use digital technology to record and track individual movements of waste through the economy. The aim is to know more about the types and amounts of waste generated, what is done to it, and where it ends up. An innovative solution could help maximise the value extracted from their resources and boost innovation and productivity whilst minimising damage to the environment. This includes tackling waste crime, which has estimated costs to England of £604 million in 2015.
Defra’s challenge is to use innovative technology to record and track individual movements of waste through the economy. This is from the point of generation or collection, through multiple intermediate treatment, including bulking and sorting, through to its final destination, such as disposal to landfill, incineration or recycling, or export for treatment.
For each type of waste, they want to know:
Challenges and requirements:
The solution you propose must:
To lead a project, you must:
Solutions must be compatible and align with data standards being developed and used by other data storage platforms developed by Defra or the Environment Agency. They should also align to the Government Digital Service standards.
The first phase involves research and development contracts being awarded to demonstrate technical feasibility of the proposed solution. A total of up to £400,000, including VAT, is allocated to phase 1 of the competition.
It is anticipated that the feasibility study research and development (R&D) contracts will be in the region of up to £80,000, including VAT, per contract. This is for each project for up to 3 months. They expect to fund up to 5 projects. The assessors will consider fair value in making their evaluation.
Projects are expected to start by 31 October 2018.
During phase 2, additional funding may be released of up to £1 million to continue development and test a prototype.
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