Innovate UK has launched a new £15m Infrastructure Systems competition.
Rail-focused companies will need to employ lateral thinking and collaboration, as the competition will only fund multi-modal proposals. The competition has six themes, with the following two the most pertinent for rail-focused companies:
•Balancing transportation infrastructure peak demands through innovative system design and integration. Connecting people and goods through intermodal transport. At the same time, improving network capacity, efficiency and operational cost.
Smart, resilient, sustainable integrated infrastructure
•Innovations that could lead to an improvement in the integration of energy, transport and urban systems with each other, and with other infrastructure systems:
○to provide better intelligence, functionality, productivity, security, flexibility, capacity and/or lifetime performance
○to lower the risk of failure
○to reduce costs and/or emissions
•Developing the UK supply chain to create cross-cutting innovations. These could include digital, sensors or autonomous systems in infrastructure systems.
Projects may last between 3 and 36 months, and total eligible project costs can range from £25,000 to £5 million.
The closing date for registration is noon on 14 September 2016. The application deadline on 21 September 2016.
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