Innovate UK has announced a ‘first of a kind’ competition for projects that demonstrate, for the first time, how proven technologies, such as automation or innovative uses of data, could be used on the railways.
Up to £9.4 million is available from the Department for Transport for investment in demonstrations of new technologies that could improve rail services.
Funding for this ‘first of a kind’ competition is under the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) and managed by Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation.
In launching the competition, which opens on 13 January 2020, and closes at midday on 11 March 2020, Innovate UK said that the UK rail industry transports 1.7 billion passengers and 110 million tonnes of freight each year and faces challenges from rapid growth and changing customer expectations. Funding competition information.