The stakeholders for this competition include:
- Network Rail
- Transport for London
- rolling stock operating companies
- freight operators
- train operating companies
- infrastructure providers
- owning groups
Representatives from these organisations will be invited to the competition briefing events to discuss their priorities.
Data you can use
The full range of Ordnance Survey’s (OS) geospatial data products is available without charge to all projects that are funded under this competition.
You are welcome to sign up to the beta version of the OS Data Hub for free API access to detailed OS mapping and download access to OS’s open data products.
Additionally, OS’s premium data products can be downloaded by signing up to OS’s data exploration licence. Against the question ‘What do you plan to do with the data?’, select ‘Other’ and type ‘Rail Innovation: First of a Kind 2020’ in the text box. OS will make arrangements to allow you to place orders for the required data.
About SBRI competitions
SBRI provides innovative solutions to challenges faced by the public sector. This can lead to better public services and improved efficiency and effectiveness. SBRI supports economic growth and enables the development of innovative products and services. It does this through the public procurement of research and development (R&D). SBRI generates new business opportunities for companies and provides a route to market for their ideas. It also bridges the seed funding gap experienced by many early-stage companies.
First of a Kind initiative
Innovate UK is launching this £9.4 million competition as part of a larger ‘first of a kind’ demonstrator initiative. This is on behalf of the Department for Transport (DfT) to accelerate innovation in the UK rail sector and enable technologies to be readily and efficiently integrated into the railway system. This competition is the fourth in the first of a kind portfolio.
The UK rail industry transports 1.7 billion passengers and 110 million tonnes of freight each year. Since 1997/98 the number of trains has increased by 28% and the demand for rail transport is projected to increase by 58% over the next 10 years. Light rail and local transport systems in the UK’s major cities are expanding quickly, offering enhanced transport options and creating opportunities for UK businesses.
Rapid growth and changing customer expectations present a challenge to the rail and light-rail industries. Current and conventional engineering and operational solutions are struggling to meet demand. New technologies can help with these challenges and open new markets. This can create a sustainable rail industry that offers better services, better journeys and better value.
For more information on the railway industry’s priorities, please refer to:
Further help and information
You can find information on how to enter this competition in the invitation to tender document, which is available for download on our secure site after registration.
If you want help to find a project partner, contact the Knowledge Transfer Network.
If you need more information, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the competition helpline on 0300 321 4357 between 9am and 5:30pm, Monday to Friday.
Help from Enterprise Europe Network
Upon award you will be contacted by your local Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) Innovation Adviser, acting on behalf of Innovate UK, who will discuss the growth opportunities for your business and offer bespoke business support services to help you maximise your project and business potential.
This service forms part of your Innovate UK offer under our commitment to help UK SMEs to grow and scale. It is only available to SMEs. Please engage positively with your EEN contact so that, working together, you can determine the most appropriate form of growth support for your business.