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Accelerating Innovation in Rail 5 Competition Briefing Event - Derby

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Tuesday, 26 September 2017 at 9:30 am
The Derby Conference Centre Limited, Derby, United Kingdom
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DfT invests to develop technology demonstration and prototypes

Innovate UK are managing a collaborative R&D competition on behalf of the Department for Transport (DfT) to accelerate innovation in the UK rail sector, to enable technologies to be readily and rapidly integrated into the railway system.

The Fifth Accelerating Innovation in Rail (AIiR5) competition will open on 18th September and businesses will be able to apply for a share of £7.9m of funding to develop technology prototypes in the broad areas of:

  • Intelligent Trains: Advances in computational power, communications, automation and sensing give the railway the potential to develop and deploy intelligent rolling stock. Such trains can reduce the railway’s reliance on complex and expensive infrastructure and control systems, making the network more cost effective and improving capacity, punctuality and reliability
  • Minimal Disruption to Train Services: Railway rolling stock and infrastructure need to meet the future needs of passenger and freight customers. The railway must therefore make these more reliable, more readily available and easier to maintain.

Key dates for this competition call are:

  • Competition opens midday, 18th September 2017
  • Register by midday, 8th November 2017
  • Competition closes for applications midday, 15th November 2017

This competition call is open to businesses of all sizes (micro, small, medium and large) as well as academics, researchers and the public sector. It will appeal particularly to businesses not currently supplying the rail industry, but which have technologies and innovations that meet the scope of “Intelligent trains” and “Minimal disruption to train services”.

Full details of the competition scope is available at:

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.

Briefing and consortia building events are planned for:

Derby Agenda

09:30 Registration

10:00 Welcome & Introduction to KTN

Ian Stock, Manager – Rail & Marine & Jenni McDonnell, Knowledge Transfer Manager, KTN

10:20 Introductions, Context, Competition Aims & Scope, Application Process

Kelvin Davies, Innovation Lead, Innovate UK

11:00 Q&A 

11:10 Pitch Sessionchaired by Jenni McDonnell, KTN

11:30 Break & Networking

Opportunity for delegates to view networking boards

12:00 Network Rail View

Mark Gaddes, R&D, Network Rail

12:20 Rail Alliance View

Robert Hopkin, Rail Alliance

12:40 Rail Delivery Group View

Michael Ball, RDG

13:00 Lunch & Networking

Opportunity for delegates to view networking boards

14:00 First of a Kind (FoaK)

Kelvin Davies, Innovation Lead, Innovate UK

14:15 An Introduction to KTPs

Philippa Ryan, Knowledge Transfer Advisor, KTN

14:30 Closing Remarks

14:40 Closeopportunity for 1:1 meetings

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