Highways England is funding 2 parallel competitions for solutions and ideas for the design and use of UK roads. This Phase 1 competition has up to £2 million available for unproven feasibility projects (low TRL) and a further £6 million available for Phase 2 to progress to prototype development and evaluation.
Programme: Innovate UK
Award: Up to £2 million
Opens: 11th Feb 2019
Closes: 1st May 2019
Highways England is investing up to £20 million across 2 parallel competitions to develop innovative ideas and solutions. These must change the way UK roads are designed, managed and used and must not have already been demonstrated on the strategic road network in England.
Your project must be relevant to the UK public highway. It can focus on particular types of road (from all-purpose trunk roads to motorways) or types of road use (including public transport and freight). It can either be location-specific or generic.
This competition covers 6 themes:
If your project spans more than one theme, you must select the one that reflects the majority of work in your application and clearly state the other themes within the scope.
Examples of anticipated benefits of the solution include:
Design, construction and maintenance.
Connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs).
Energy and environment.
Focusing on innovations which:
To lead a project, you can:
For your project to be eligible for funding, it must:
A total of up to £2 million, including VAT, for phase 1 and £6 million, including VAT, for phase 2 is available to fund projects in this competition.
In phase 1, funding will be awarded to support the gathering of feasibility evidence of a concept. Phase 2 funding will be to further develop this now proven concept to prototype stage.
The most promising ideas from phase 1 will be taken through a separate closed application process followed by development and prototyping (phase 2) which can last up to 9 months.
Your phase 1 feasibility study can last up to 2 months. Phase 1 is expected to start by September 2019 and must end by November 2019. Phase 2 is expected to start in December 2019 and must be complete by August 2020.
Applications must have at least 50% of the contract value attributed directly and exclusively for research and development (R&D) services. R&D can cover solution exploration and design. It can also include prototyping and field-testing the product or service.
R&D does not include:
Innovate UK will not fund projects that: