Project Details


The Digital Research & Innovation Value Accelerator (DRIVA) will help businesses develop links with Higher Education research expertise, to demonstrate to businesses the benefits of working with knowledge-based partners.
It will provide a research-led, user-centred online portal that will co-evolve proposals, consortia and a programme of events to consolidate R&D bids, incentivised by free access to Gatwick Airport’s (GAL) proprietorial data platform (GDS).

The overarching objective of this project is to support more digital businesses to engage in knowledge transfer and innovation, develop links with Higher Education and research institutions, and demonstrate the benefits of working with those knowledge base partners. 

DRIVA will overcome barriers to collaborative R&D for creative, digital and information technology sectors (CDIT) SMEs in the C2C LEP area, as defined by the Fuse Reports, Fusebox and Digital Catapult Centre Brighton (DCCB). The project extends the reach of DCCB activities and addresses evidenced challenges through ease of access to data, consortia building and facilitated access to new supply chains. 

DRIVA will demonstrate: 
-how access to data incentivises innovation; 
-how innovation releases value from the data of large organisations; 
-provide the opportunity to develop a rigorous model for value capture and scalable growth.

DRIVA uses Gatwick Airport’s data but develops products and services for the open market. Gatwick Airport Ltd has no interface with DRIVA users other than to provide technical support to facilitate access to data, and to provide a channel through which to understand a transport hub supply chain (WP2.7). Therefore Gatwick is not benefitting from informing product/service development. Gatwick has recognised that the value in its data can be exploited by third parties and that it can make a positive contribution to the region’s economic activity by facilitating access. DRIVA has the potential to be extended to facilitate access to other large data sets.
Short titleDRIVA
Effective start/end date1/07/1831/01/21


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