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Railway Technology Competition

Organisations developing cutting-edge technology focused on making rail journeys faster, cleaner and greener could receive a share of £9.4 million to bring their ideas to life.

The Department for Transport is working with Innovate UK to launch the 2020 First of a Kind (FOAK) competition to accelerate innovation in rail. Now in its fourth year, the competition will help transform rail travel for passengers and decarbonise the network.

To mark the launch, Future of Transport Minister George Freeman will be visiting former competition winner Riding Sunbeams, a project connecting solar directly to the railway. The pilot, based near Aldershot station in Hampshire, is supplying power to Network Rail’s infrastructure on its line to Alton and could pave the way for the world’s first ever solar-powered train.

Three briefing events will occur throughout the UK (London on 21 January 2020, Manchester on 23 January 2020, and Cardiff on 29 January 2020) for projects interested in entering, so potential applicants can find out more about the process of applying.

The competition is open to organisations of all sizes and sectors whose technologies could help to create a greener, more cost-effective and customer-friendly railway with greater capacity.

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Location: UK

Value: various

Deadline: 11 Mar 20

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Railway Technology Competition - FCS Associates

Railway Technology Competition

Organisations developing cutting-edge technology focused on making rail journeys faster, cleaner and greener could receive a share of £9.4 million to bring their ideas to life.

The Department for Transport is working with Innovate UK to launch the 2020 First of a Kind (FOAK) competition to accelerate innovation in rail. Now in its fourth year, the competition will help transform rail travel for passengers and decarbonise the network.

To mark the launch, Future of Transport Minister George Freeman will be visiting former competition winner Riding Sunbeams, a project connecting solar directly to the railway. The pilot, based near Aldershot station in Hampshire, is supplying power to Network Rail’s infrastructure on its line to Alton and could pave the way for the world’s first ever solar-powered train.

Three briefing events will occur throughout the UK (London on 21 January 2020, Manchester on 23 January 2020, and Cardiff on 29 January 2020) for projects interested in entering, so potential applicants can find out more about the process of applying.

The competition is open to organisations of all sizes and sectors whose technologies could help to create a greener, more cost-effective and customer-friendly railway with greater capacity.

Click here to find out more.  

Location: UK

Value: various

Deadline: 11 Mar 20

Our success rate

Need help applying for this grant?

Yes, Please help me write a winning applicationNo, just keep me up-to-date with the latest grants