This DCMS competition encourages the development of a UK ‘5G ecosystem’ with technology and deployment, testbeds and trials to stimulate the development of 5G use cases and business models.
Programme: The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS
Award: Up to £2m
Opens: 23rd Oct 2017
Closes: 6th Dec 2017
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is to invest up to £25 million in innovative 5G testbeds and trials as part of the government’s overall £740 million of funding from the National Productivity Investment Fund for next generation digital infrastructure. Innovate UK are delivering this competition.
This competition will support the development of a ‘5G ecosystem’ in the UK and contribute towards the delivery of the objectives in the UK’s 5G strategy. The aim is to encourage technology and deployment, testbeds and trials to stimulate the development of 5G use cases and business models.
This first funding competition is for Phase 1 of initial projects across the UK that will run from April 2018 until March 2019. Details of future funding opportunities for additional testbeds and trials will be available as the programme progresses.
The DCMS are looking for projects which help support the development of the UK’s “5G ecosystem” by addressing at least one of the following:
Your proposal must:
The project may use an existing operational network. It may also use network elements as currently deployed or upgraded, the construction of new network elements or a combination of both.
Consortiums are encouraged to collaborate with other projects which are also funded by the 5G Testbeds and Trials Programme, to work on major issues identified by DCMS as priority areas. Consortiums should collaborate and form joint working groups to address these priorities.
Description of 5G
Your project can apply for grant funding between £2 million and £5 million.
To be eligible for funding you must:
The competition is open to organisations of all types who collaborate together in a consortium to bid for grant funding.
The consortium should be industry led or have a strong industry component.
Funding and project details
If the proposed testbed facilities are suitable for continued use, they should be made available for other organisations to undertake trials. Proposals should also consider approaches allowing future use of the facilities beyond the grant funding period.
For experimental development projects which are nearer to market, you could get funding for your eligible project costs of up to 60% if you are an SME.
Projects should focus on providing testbed facilities and undertaking trials.
The work involved should be pre-commercial experimental development, that is to say that trials will be primarily at Technology Readiness Levels 5 to 8.