Through this Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition the Department for Education (DfE) aims to ensure that prospective students have access to data about the outcomes of subjects and Higher Education providers thus enabling them to make uninformed decisions about where and what to study.
The DfE is looking for ideas for creating free, accessible, commercially sustainable and innovative digital tools to help prospective students make better decisions about their future that are based on graduate salary and employment outcomes and use the Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) earnings data from 21 June 2018 and other relevant open data.
Organisations of any size working alone or with businesses, research organisations or third sector organisations are invited to submit proposals to develop digital tools for prospective students that must include:
- Detailed technical, commercial, financial and design specifications that explain how the proposed solution provides a more accessible, sustainable and innovative digital tool than existing HE digital tools
- Plans for user discussions or testing to ensure the proposed solution meets prospective students’ needs
- The use of graduate outcomes data
This is phase 1 of a potential 2-phase competition with this phase allocated a total of £125,000 (including VAT) for research and development contracts costing in the region of up to £25,000. Projects funded must start by 10 September 2018 and last up to one month.
Eligible projects will also have at least 50% of the contract value allocated directly and exclusively to research and development (R&D) services. This can cover solution exploration and design, prototyping and field-testing the product or service.
The closing dates is Wednesday 8 August 2018 12:00pm