PROMOTED: Accelerating Innovation in Rail 5 Competition Briefing Event – Glasgow

DfT invests to develop technology demonstration and prototypes​

Innovate UK are managing a collaborative R&D competition on behalf of the Department for Transport (DfT) to accelerate innovation in the UK rail sector, to enable technologies to be readily and rapidly integrated into the railway system.

The Fifth Accelerating Innovation in Rail (AIiR5) competition will open on 18th September and businesses will be able to apply for a share of £7.9m of funding to develop technology prototypes in the broad areas of:

Intelligent Trains: Advances in computational power, communications, automation and sensing give the railway the potential to develop and deploy intelligent rolling stock. Such trains can reduce the railway’s reliance on complex and expensive infrastructure and control systems, making the network more cost effective and improving capacity, punctuality and reliability

Minimal Disruption to Train Services: Railway rolling stock and infrastructure need to meet the future needs of passenger and freight customers. The railway must therefore make these more reliable, more readily available and easier to maintain.

Key dates for this competition call are:

Competition opens midday, 18th September 2017

Register by midday, 8th November 2017

Competition closes for applications midday, 15th November 2017

This competition call is open to businesses of all sizes (micro, small, medium and large) as well as academics, researchers and the public sector. It will appeal particularly to businesses not currently supplying the rail industry, but which have technologies and innovations that meet the scope of “Intelligent trains” and “Minimal disruption to train services”.