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SBRI is a simple process. Typically competitions are split into two phases. All competitions are based around a market need, which is expressed as a desired outcome, rather than a required specification.

Phase 1 Proposals concentrate on proving the scientific, technical and commercial feasibility of the proposed project. The results of phase 1 determine whether the solution should go further to phase 2 – not all projects will progress to the second phase.

Phase 2 Prototyping is undertaken in phase 2. Projects that successfully complete phase 2 can then be commercialised and offered to government departments and others under a normal procurement process.