Smart School Transport Project

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SBRI funding competition: Smart School Transport Project

Organisations can apply for a share of up to £200,000 to identify solutions to improve the utilisation of the EA fleet of approximately 800 buses and minibuses, to enhance safety and security.

The Education Authority (EA) is responsible for delivering primary and secondary education services for more than 300,000 pupils across Northern Ireland. 

EA also provides home to school transport for nearly 100,000 eligible children, (who live over walking distance from school or who have additional needs). More than 25,000 children travel each day on the EA’s fleet of buses.

EA is committed to a programme of digital transformation to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of its services.   

As part of this programme, the EA is undertaking an SBRI (Small Business Research Initiative) competition to stimulate development of innovative solutions. 

Phase one is expected to demonstrate the technical feasibility and commercial viability of proposed concepts.  If successful there may be follow on phases for development and testing.

A launch event will be held in Belfast on the 1 November 2017 for potential suppliers.

Further information can be found on the EANI website and details about the event, competition and bid documents are now available to download at