Organisations can apply for a share of up to £3.6 million for first of a kind technology to demonstrate ‘tomorrow’s trains today’.
Award: Up to £350k
Opens: 30th Oct 2017
Closes: 29th Nov 2017
‘Demonstrating tomorrow’s trains today’ is the first in a series of first of it’s kind (FOAK)themes. In this theme the competition is looking for a range of technologies which create a highly interactive and innovative demonstration within a passenger railway vehicle or similar.
The specific objectives of the activity are a physical demonstration of innovation in the rail industry to prove:
Without these elements of proof it is difficult to sell innovation to customers, get insurance, supply warranties and attract financing.
Applications must demonstrate the potential benefits to passengers, explaining:
At the end of each project, it is expected to see a full demonstration in an environment where railway customers and industry representatives will be able to witness the product as a compelling business proposition. Your project must include:
Proposals must take into consideration user feedback of the demonstration, whether from rail industry employees or passengers.
Specific competition themes
Your application should propose a demonstration to deliver parts of the 5 broad topics below under the topic of ‘demonstrating tomorrow’s trains today’:
Applicants should clearly identify the challenges that will form the focus of their demonstration. They should aim to address a range of specific challenges faced by a rail industry client or ‘problem owner’, such as a train operating company, or a rolling stock owner or manufacturer. It could also potentially include Network Rail, London Underground, HS1, HS2, Crossrail or infrastructure providers, where challenges affect the customer experiences on-board trains.
Underpinning the vision for the future railway are the railway industry’s strategic goals, typically referred to as the 4Cs. Applicants to this competition must adhere to these principles. They are:
All of this must be achieved while continuing to operate the railway safely.
To be eligible to lead a project you:
Applicants are welcome both from within and outside the rail sector. Your consortium must work in partnership with organisations that have rail-sector expertise. There should be a potential customer within the consortium.
Funding and project details
This is a single-stage competition focusing on the rail passenger vehicle. If all the funding allocated for this competition is not used, the theme ‘demonstrating tomorrow’s trains today’ may be kept open for future competitions. In that case, the proposals received will be assessed at approximately 2 month intervals until all the available funding has been allocated.
As part of your application you will need to provide a business case for using your solution in a commercial environment. All activities on this programme must be pre-commercial.
This competition is expected to fund 10 or more projects of up to £350,000 per competition
Projects will be 100% funded.