Organisations can apply for a share of £300,000, inclusive of VAT, to support HS2 through innovation in construction and design.
Programme: Innovate UK
Award: Share of up to £300,000
Opens: 21st Oct 2020
Closes: 16th Dec 2020
This is a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition funded by High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd. The aim of the competition is to deliver innovation that will drive project efficiencies and process optimisations during the design and construction phase of High Speed 2.
This is phase 1 of a potential 2-phase competition. A decision to proceed with phase 2 will depend on the outcomes from phase 1. Only successful applicants from phase 1 will be invited to apply to take part in phase 2. This will be managed by HS2. To find out more about phase 2, see ‘Supporting information’.
The aim of this competition is to demonstrate the desirability, feasibility and viability of innovations. The innovations must provide efficiency, or step change, to traditional processes or ways of working on major infrastructure projects, such as HS2.
In phase 1 you must demonstrate:
You must deliver to HS2 your phase 1 report outlining the results of your study. HS2 may share this with other organisations engaged in the HS2 programme
You must demonstrate a credible and practical route to market, so your application must include a plan to commercialise your results.
You will be asked to select the primary theme as part of your application in ‘project details’. Your project must focus on one or more of these themes:
Reduce manual operations
The construction industry has been slow to adopt digital capability, therefore there is tremendous opportunity across a wide string of processes and activities.
The competition wants to explore technology that can replace:
The competition seeks new innovation that can:
Major projects such as HS2 are complex. The competition seeks to improve the way HS2 can digitally interface between:
Waste in construction
The construction industry contributes to a large percentage of waste generated in England. Poor site management can lead to materials being unused. This competition wants to explore technology solutions that can minimise material waste on HS2. This could be a result of:
Recruitment and onboarding
HS2 will need to recruit tens of thousands of people over the duration of the project. Due to the large number of sites on HS2, the workforce will undertake multiple inductions of a similar nature. This competition wants to research and develop solutions that can optimise:
Procurement Loss Prevention
HS2 wants to research and develop solutions that could identify:
To lead a project, you can:
Contracts will be awarded only to a single legal entity. However, if you can justify subcontracting components of the work, you can employ specialist consultants or advisers. This work will still be the responsibility of the main contractor.
Projects are expected to:
A total of up to £300,000, inclusive of VAT, is allocated to phase 1.
Phase 1 feasibility study R&D contracts will be up to £30,000 inclusive of VAT, for each project for up to 3 months. It is expected to fund up to 10 projects.
The total funding available for the competition can change. The funders have the right to:
Your application must have at least 50% of the contract value attributed directly and exclusively to R&D services, including solution exploration and design. R&D can also include prototyping and field-testing the product or service. This lets you incorporate the results of your exploration and design and demonstrate that you can produce in quantity to acceptable quality standards.
R&D does not include:
This competition will not fund projects that: