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Accelerating innovation in rail 5

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Funding details
Registration opens
18 Sep 2017, 00:00
Registration closes
15 Nov 2017, 00:00
15 Nov 2017, 00:00
£7.9m in total - up to 70% of project costs available for projects of up to £1.5m
Innovate UK
Support phone number
0300 321 4357

Innovate UK, on behalf of the Department for Transport, will invest up to £7.9 million to support innovation and growth in national and international rail markets. This is a joint initiative with the rail industry, under the direction of its Technical Leadership Group, the team responsible for creating a vision for the future of the railways.

The aim of this competition is to create innovations that address the main goals identified in the industry’s ‘Rail Technical Strategy Capability Delivery Plan’ 2017. These are:

  • ‘minimal disruption to train services’
  • ‘intelligent trains’

Projects should last between 6 months and 2 years. If your proposed project falls outside of the project funding range or duration, please contact Innovate UK before you apply.

There will be up to £1.1 million in grant funding for projects that last up to 12 months, and £6.8 million for projects of up to 24 months. This funding will cover up to 70% of costs. Projects can focus on industrial research, experimental development or both.

Proposals must:

  • be collaborative (involving at least 2 organisations)
  • be led by a business
  • involve at least one SME

We expect projects to range in size from total costs of £150,000 to £1.5 million.

KTN will be running competition briefing events for this call as follows:

Tuesday, 26 September 2017 at 9:30 am – The Derby Conference Centre Limited, Derby, United Kingdom. Click here to register.

Tuesday, 3 October 2017 at 9:30 am – thestudio, Lever Street, Manchester, United Kingdom. Click here to register.

For more information, on the funding call in general, click here.