UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £300,000 for projects that develop and demonstrate tools to automatically plan rail infrastructure.
Programme: Innovate UK
Award: Share of up to £300,000
Opens: 22nd Oct 2018
Closes: 19th Dec 2018
Network Rail will work with Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, to invest up to £300,000. This will support the development and demonstration of new capability in automated design. This aligns with the objectives of Network Rail’s Whole Systems Modelling team, part of the Systems Operator, which:
This competition aims to encourage the development of products and services that enable the rapid automatic design of rail infrastructure. This will allow the UK to model the railway’s capacity for the future and stimulate further development of automated design tools.
Automatic design is important to Network Rail to:
1. Accelerate the infrastructure design process, while:
2. Quickly and easily create designs to input into simulations of long term railway performance, which will lead to better informed decisions about future capacity.
Your solution must produce optimal designs that could be used as candidates for implementation. It must take into account:
Your proposal must:
Your solution must automate the design of one or more of:
To be eligible for funding you must:
Academic organisations are not eligible for funding.
To lead a project you must be a:
Applications are welcome both from within and outside the rail sector, however we encourage your consortium to work in partnership with organisations that have rail-sector expertise.
Your total project costs must be between £50,000 and £200,000. Projects with total costs of:
Projects must start by 30 April 2019 and end by 31 March 2020. Projects can last between 6 months and one year.
For industrial research projects, you could get funding for your eligible project costs of:
For experimental development projects which are nearer to market, you could get funding for your eligible project costs of:
Innovate UK will not fund applications that: