Accelerating Innovation in Rail 4

Funding details
Registration opens
20 Mar 2017, 00:00
Registration closes
10 May 2017, 12:00
Closes
17 May 2017, 12:00
Award
Significant sum
Organisation
Innovate UK on behalf of the Department for Transport
Summary

Innovate UK are managing a collaborative research and development competition on behalf of the Department for Transport to accelerate innovation in the UK rail sector.

Rail Minister Paul Maynard said:

“We will be looking for innovations that will improve the delivery of rail transport in the UK and boost UK competitively in the international rail market. We want to encourage participation both from within the rail sector and from organisations with little experience of working in rail. I look forward to a strong competition.”

The Fourth Accelerating Innovation in Rail competition will open on 20 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 ‘Improving customer experience through stations’. 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 ‘improving customer experience through stations’.

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