SBRI competition – Modernising Energy Data Applications phase 1

Fund Name: Modernising Energy Data Applications phase 1
Project Length: Up to 3 months
Project Value: £150,000
Deadline: 18/11/2020


The aim of the competition is to develop data applications that address the challenges faced by businesess and individuals to deliver net zero local energy systems.

The data-driven applications must facilitate progress towards net zero local energy systems whilst improving people’s lives, by combining energy data with data from other sectors. The outputs should benefit the users of local energy systems and provide scalable commercial opportunities to the funded businesses.

Fund details

You must build upon work with Modernising Energy Data Access (MEDA) competition winners.

Your application should demonstrate how the open source software solutions developed under the MEDA competition can facilitate better access and interoperability of energy data for innovators, by building upon the approaches developed through the MEDA projects.

MEDapps projects must:

  • demonstrate that by combining energy data with data from other sectors, solutions can be built that help accelerate the move towards net zero local energy systems that meet the needs of their users.
  • address the real world need of a user (organisation or persons) within a local energy system
  • meaningfully utilise one or more data sources from a sector other than the energy sector

Sectors could include other infrastructure sectors such as (but not limited to):

  • telecommunications
  • water
  • transport, or
  • waste

and non-infrastructure sectors such as (but not limited to):

  • agriculture
  • social care
  • health

You must identify the challenge or problem that your project is going to investigate developing a solution for, showing preliminary evidence that this is a real world example that will help facilitate better living in a net zero energy ecosystem.

Phase 1: research and development contracts, feasibility study

The first phase involves research and development (R&D) contracts being awarded to demonstrate technical feasibility of the proposed solution. Including capturing users views on the proposed service, as well as evaluation of the benefits towards costs, decarbonisation, user experience and governance. A total of up to £750,000, inclusive of VAT, is allocated to this phase.

Feasibility study R&D contracts can be up to to £150,000 per project, inclusive of VAT. This is for each project for up to 3 months.

Successful applicants from phase 1 will be invited to apply for phase 2.


To lead a project, you must:

  • be a business of any size
  • work alone or with other organisations as subcontractors
  • build upon the phase 2 work of the Modernising Energy Data Access (MEDA) competition winners
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