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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 competitivity 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. More detailed information about the competition will be released shortly.
Innovate UK and 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’.
- Competition opens: 20 March 2017
- Briefing Event: 21 March 2017
- Brokerage Events*: 29 March, 6 April
- Register before noon 10 May 2017
- Apply before noon 17 May 2017
This London event will focus on the detailed briefing of the application process, while the lunch and afternoon session will be an opportunity for networking and for delegates wishing to give a short pitch on their capability offering and partner requirements.
Not able to attend?
The London Briefing event will also be available via webcast. Click here to register for the webcast.
Partnering: We will be making a one-to-one meeting facility available to delegates. Meeting Mojo enables you to book meetings with each other online, ahead of the event. This facility will open 1 week prior to the event and registered attendees will receive login details then. You can search or browse company/delegate listings, and request one-to-one meetings with other delegates which will take place at the event. You can also use this facility to pre-book meetings with Innovate UK and KTN.
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