Identifying regulatory obligations on businesses: taking stock and building insights (SBRI competition)

Fund Name: taking stock and building insights (SBRI competition)
Project Length: Up to 3 months
Project Value: Share of £1.25m
Deadline: 27/02/2019


The Better Regulation Executive (BRE) aims to develop a regulatory system that is simpler for businesses to navigate, while maintaining important protections for citizens and the environment.

Fund Details

We are seeking technological solutions which address 3 questions:

  • How can we analyse the stock of existing regulation and identify which requirements apply to different businesses and sectors?
  • How can we assess how challenging individual regulatory requirements are for different businesses and sectors to comply with?
  • How can we assess how challenging the cumulative stock of regulation is for different businesses and sectors to comply with?

A range of factors affect how challenging regulatory requirements are for businesses, other than the underlying policy goals. These include the:

  • length, complexity and scope of the regulation
  • frequency of changes to the regulation
  • interactions between multiple pieces of regulation, such as overlaps
  • overall volume of regulation and the number of different sources

The challenge of analysing the cumulative effect of regulation is not unique to the UK government. Your solution could have a global marketplace, including local, national and multilateral organisations in both the public and private sector.

Within your application you must:

  • provide details of your proposed idea, solution or technologies to meet the challenge
  • be prepared to adopt a valid technical approach
  • be innovative and be prepared to develop or employ novel concepts, approaches, methodologies, tools or techniques
  • outline a clear plan for establishing technical and commercial feasibility and the development of a working prototype
  • outline the skills, capabilities and experience you have to deliver the project
  • confirm that the budget is realistic and is justified in terms of the aims and methods proposed
  • have a plan to deliver a marketable product and demonstrate how that product would have a competitive advantage over existing or alternative technologies
  • demonstrate a willingness to work with the competition owner (BEIS) and partner organisations

Projects in phase 1 to range in size up to total costs of £50,000, including VAT, for each organisation. Projects must start by 17 May and can last up to 3 months. We expect to fund 5 projects at phase 1.


To lead a project, you can:

  • be an organisation of any size
  • work alone or with others from business, the research base or charities and public sector organisations as subcontractors

Applications that bring together a consortium of sector specialists are welcome.

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