Innovate UK are managing a collaborative research and development competition (£8.5m) on behalf of the Department for Transport to accelerate innovation in the UK rail sector.
The Fourth Accelerating Innovation in Rail competition will open on 20th March, and businesses will be able to apply for significant levels of funding to develop technology prototypes in the broad areas of ‘high-value, low cost railways’ and ‘station design’. Exploitation is a key priority and applications should provide evidence of a market-need for specific solutions, and engagement with potential customer organisations.
Innovate UK and the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) will hold a series of briefing events across the UK to help business understand the scope and opportunities of this competition.
This competition call will offer an opportunity for businesses of all sizes (micro, small, medium and large) as well as academics, researchers and public sector. The competition will appeal particularly to businesses not currently supplying the rail industry, but which have technologies and innovations that meet the scope of ‘high value low cost railways’ and ‘station design’.
Key dates for this competition call are:
- Competition opens: 20/03/17
- Register by midday: 10/05/17
- Apply by midday: 17/05/17
Briefing and consortia building events are planned for:-
- London (21st March)
- Cardiff (29th March)
- Manchester (6th April)
More detailed information about the competition and these events will be released shortly.
WHEN: 29th March