Highways England SBRI competitions
Highways England is investing up to ¬£20 million to develop innovative ideas and solutions for UK roads.
Highways England are running two competitions being run through Small Business Research Initiative¬†(SBRI).¬† The ideas put forward must change the way UK roads are designed, managed and used, and must not have already been demonstrated on the strategic road network in England.
Competition 1 is for projects where feasibility has been proven and is at development stage (mid to high Technology Readiness Level -¬†TRL). ¬†¬£12 million is available to further progress the research and development (R&D) and produce a prototype.
Competition 2 is a 2-phase competition for projects where feasibility has not yet been proven (low¬†TRL).
- Phase 1 ‚Äì technical feasibility.¬† Up to ¬£2 million is available in phase 1 for projects to develop feasibility studies. Projects will be awarded up to ¬£75, 000, including VAT, per project lasting up to 8 weeks.
- Phase 2: prototype development and evaluation. This involves research and development (R&D) contracts being awarded to successful applicants eligible to apply from phase 1. ¬†Up to ¬£6 million is available for the whole phase with a view to producing a prototype. ¬†Projects will be awarded up to ¬£1 million including VAT.
The competitions will cover 6 themes:
- Design, construction and maintenance
- Connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs)
- Customer mobility
- Energy and environment
- Air quality
A webinar will be held on 14 February to outline the competitions.¬† To register for the webinar, click here.