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Transport funding round-up

Posted on 16/08/2019

Find out about the latest funding calls which are relevant to the Transport sectors. Last updated 3rd Jan 2020.

To make it easier to navigate the funding landscape KTN has pulled together some of the latest open relevant funding calls for the transport sector.  Find out more details about each below, or if you wish to find out more about further funding opportunities then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our Transport team.

Innovate UK Smart Grants

Smart is the new name for Innovate UK’s ‘Open grant funding’ programme.

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, is investing up to £25m in the best game-changing and commercially viable innovative or disruptive ideas. All proposals must be business focused.

The current round of Smart Grants closes on 8 January 2020. Read more here.

There will be a further round of Smart Grants following this one, opening 09.01.20 with a closing date of 22.04.20. Click here for details.

Network Rail SBRI: railway platform end and edge technology, and gauging

1) Opportunity for businesses to apply for a share of £1.08m+VAT to develop solutions to detect and deter trespass at railway platform ends & edges.

This will support the development of a technological and/or physical solution which will detect and deter trespass onto the railway from platform ends and edges.

Whilst Network Rail are eager to embrace new forms of innovation, the solution must be scalable to suit a variety of station environments. This will be tested through trials at multiple live station environments.

Your project’s total eligible costs must be between £200,000 and £360,000, plus VAT.

Closes 22nd Jan 2020. Click here for details.

 

2) Innovation in automated survey processing for railway structure gauging, phase 1

Network Rail will invest up to £720,000 (plus VAT) in phase 1 of this competition. An extra £1,080,000 (plus VAT) will be available for phase 2. This will support the development of a technological demonstrator for automated structure gauging processing. The competition process is managed by Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation.

Gauging is the process through which Network Rail ensures adequate clearance between passing trains and lineside objects and features. The objective of this competition is to:

demonstrate innovations to Network Rail that will enhance the interpretation of point-cloud data
provide accurate information on the location and identity of trackside features to enable accurate gauging clearance processing

For phase 1, your project’s total eligible costs must be up to £90,000 plus VAT. Phase 1 projects must plan to start by May 2020 and end by July 2020.

Closes 22nd Jan 2020. Click here for details.

Eureka Eurostars 2: round 13

Registration closes: 06 Feb 2020, 12:00
Final date for applications: 13 Feb 2020, 12:00
Eurostars will award up to 360,000 euros funding for each UK project partner or 60% of eligible project costs, whichever is the least.

This competition is aimed at micro, small or medium sized enterprises (SMEs) working on high-quality research and development (R&D) projects across national borders.

These enterprises often find it difficult to attract public-sector funding. EUREKA Eurostars was set up to overcome this barrier to innovation. With its market-led approach, it encourages international collaborative research and innovation projects that will be rapidly commercialised.

Eurostars supports SMEs in leading international collaborative research and innovation projects by helping them get access to guidance and funding.

A Eurostars project must have a civilian purpose and be aimed at the development of a new product, process or service.

Projects must be led by a research-performing SME.

Click here for more details.

ATI programme: R&D funding for smaller business, expression of interest

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), through the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) and Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £8 million in research and technology projects. This is to deliver world leading aerospace technologies in the UK.

This call supports and encourages industrial investment into the aerospace sector and its supply chain, through the funding of innovative and high impact projects. These projects will demonstrate forward-looking and disruptive solutions to UK civil aerospace challenges.

Projects must start by 1 September 2020 and end by 31 September 2023. They can last between 12 and 36 months, your total eligible project costs must be between £250,000 and £1.5 million. Your project’s total grant must be between £125,000 and £750,000.

KTN ran a briefing event in Birmingham on 2nd December, 9.30am-4pm at IET Birmingham: Austin Court, 80 Cambridge Street, Birmingham B1 2NP. You can view the recording and slides here.

The deadline is 15th Jan 2020: click here for more details.

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