Demonstrator offer for SMEs – limited time only

Funded Demonstrator Project (3-6 months, subject to meeting criteria)


Published February 13 2020

The IEA are offering a funded demonstrator project to help a UK SME make better use of data to improve its business operations or develop a proof-of-concept product, as part of an industry support project.

IEA earth observation data for end userWe are looking for a data analytics or data visualisation challenge that will inspire our team of world-leading data science experts while providing a boost to your growth. Our speciality is in working with environmental data and the project should have some environmental angle.

What is a suitable project?

Colin McKinnon, CEO of the IEA, which is based at Reading University, explains: “We would like to hear from SMEs with a tangible challenge with the potential to be addressed using existing or available data. This might be data that you already collect (e.g. production information) or know is available, for example satellite data. Alternatively, it might be data from one or more sources that would benefit from our visualisation skills, to support better decision-making.”

Recent examples of our Demonstrator Projects include:

  • A proof-of-concept data analysis service which helped to develop a new service for an SME selling gas sensors.
  • Assessing the suitability of European Space Agency satellite data to monitor land development around the River Thames for the Environment Agency.
  • Working with a farm business to optimise their anaerobic digestor process to increase on-site gas yield.
  • A visualisation platform presenting green infrastructure data within Greater Manchester.


How to apply

Email a brief outline of your idea for a demonstrator project to:

Generally we would consider an SME to be a small / medium size business enterprise with fewer than 250 employees however if you have an interesting idea but you fall just outside this category please do get in touch.


The deadline for applications is March 16th, 2020.


For any further information, please contact Sally Stevens on

We look forward to hearing from you!