SBRI Rail Demonstrations - First of a Kind 2020 competition
Businesses can apply for a share of up to ¬£9.4m to develop demonstrators for sustainability, customer experience, operations or maintenance.
This¬†Small Business Research Initiative¬†(SBRI) competition aims¬†to demonstrate how proven technologies can be integrated into a railway environment for the first time (‚Äòfirst of a kind‚Äô demonstrations).¬† It aims to encourage innovation in the rail industry through the use of novel technologies (for example automation) and innovative uses of data.
Opening on 13 January, the¬†competition has four themes:
- environmental sustainability
- customer experience
- optimised railway operations
- optimised and cost-effective maintenance
Projects must create a highly interactive and innovative demonstrator. This should be in an environment where railway customers and industry representatives can witness the product as a compelling business proposition, for instance:
- within a railway station
- in rolling stock
- on railway infrastructure
- in the environment close to the railway
Applications must demonstrate potential benefits to passengers and customers, including:
- why customers would buy the product
- how the funding will help companies in the consortium grow and result in broader economic benefits
- how you will obtain a clear route to market
Competition briefing events are being run in January (see below) and registration for the competition closes 4 March with the competition itself closing noon 11 March.
There are three briefing events planned.
21 January – London.¬† As part of the Department for Transport, Innovate UK and KTN Rail Innovation Expo, a competition briefing will be held in the morning.
21 January – Webcast.¬† If you’re unable to attend any of the briefings in person, the London event will be webcast. Webcast recording and slides are now available.
23 January – Manchester.¬† Click here to register.
29 January – Cardiff.¬† Click here to register.
For more information about the scope of the competition, visit the Innovation Funding Service site here.