First of a Kind (FoaK) 2 Rail Competition Briefing - London
Opens 8 October 2018
Do you have an innovative product and service that is ready for market exploitation, but has not yet been tested in a real-world railway environment?
Or are you a railway organisation with a vision to upgrade and future proof your rolling stock, infrastructure or stations?
If so, this First of a Kind (FoaK 2) competition will be for you. It is being delivered to “evaluate new rail technologies for the first time in real-world rail environments.”
The themes for this FoaK2 competition are:
- Decarbonising the railways: Decarbonisation is a priority across the network, including stations, rolling stock and infrastructure. Optimising energy use is a challenge that prioritises optimised on-board and lineside energy storage technologies, energy recovery systems, small-scale energy generation and harvesting technologies, novel electrification techniques and lightweight vehicle technology.
- Customer experience in stations: This theme focuses on demonstrating how innovative technology can be integrated for the first time in a railway station. Within this theme, the vision of this competition is to fit a single station with a number of innovative solutions to enhance the passengers’ experience of using the station and to deliver a vision of the ‘station of the future’.
Innovate UK, on behalf of the Department for Transport (DfT), will manage this FoaK 2 competition to accelerate innovation in the UK rail sector, enabling innovative solutions to take the final step to market readiness and integration into the railway system.
FoaK 2 will break down barriers to the delivery of innovations into the rail industry, by proving that the innovation delivers the expected outcomes when integrated in a complex real-world rail application.
Innovations for this competition must be:
- High TRL proven technologies – i.e. market ready
- Very low technology risk
- The focus will be on: Integration activities; Demonstration proof of concept to customers and end-users; Collecting feedback from customers and users; Real innovations in the real world
Businesses can apply for a share of a substantial pot of money for First of a Kind technology to demonstrate aspects of tomorrow’s railway today. This competition offers the potential of 100% funding, with projects starting in early 2019.
Not able to attend? The scope and competition process presentations will be available via webcast and you can register to join this section of the day online here. There will also be briefings in York (9th October) and Cardiff (17th October).