The Rail Forum  aims to keep members up to date on current funding opportunities available. This page is supported by local business consultancy company, and Rail Forum member, TBAT Innovation. Click here to learn more about TBAT.

There are currently 2 new Innovate UK grant funding competitions for R&D in the rail industry! 

As part of the Department for Transport’s (DfT) wider Accelerating Innovation in Rail (AIR) scheme, the second round of First of a Kind (FOAK) funding has been released focusing on 2 themes – decarbonisation of the railway and enhancing customer experiences; along with a further competition co-funded by Innovate UK and Network Rail for tools to automate the design of rail infrastructure.

DfT’s FOAK Round 2

You can apply for a share of up to £3.5 million from Innovate UK to develop demonstrators for decarbonisation of the railway and customer experiences in stations.

Closing 28th November 2018

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Innovate UK/Network Rail

You can apply for a share of up to £300,000 from Innovate UK and Network Rail for projects that develop and demonstrate tools to automatically plan rail infrastructure.

Closing 19th December 2018

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The links below provide other information for you to be aware of relating to recent / current funding opportunities:

Intelligent power solutions to decarbonise rail: two new competitions to be launched

SBRI first of a kind round 2: demonstrating tomorrow’s stations and a greener railway

Planning rail capacity through automated infrastructure design

RSSB: Intelligent power networks to decarbonise rail