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£4.5M Available for Rail Crossover Projects

The RSSB Innovation Directorate (Rail Safety and Standards Board) have launched a £4.5m co-funded competition to support vehicle based innovations which make technical improvements to rail vehicles.

The competition is open to all, including cross over technology from other sectors including a focus on automotive. If you have a technology that can:

  • Reduce costs associated with track damage – by reducing track wear induced by vehicles this would lead to significant reductions in maintenance costs.
  • Reduced wheelset & suspension maintenance costs – by reducing wheel and suspension wear this would provide significant reductions in maintenance costs.

Then you make sure you are at the Vehicle Dynamics Competition briefing event in London on 24 March at 1 Wimpole Street, London, W1G 0AE, to find out more.

Proposals should be for demonstrator projects with the aim of progressing technologies from TRL3+ through to TRL 7. It is anticipated that all proposals will be business led and consortia are strongly encouraged to address these issues. Business will attract up to a maximum of 70% public funding depending on the nature of the project and the type of business, universities and research organisations are eligible to apply as part of consortia.

It is anticipated that three to eight proposals will be accepted depending on the funding requested.

The competition will be launched on 25 February, and be open for submissions until 2 June (5:00pm).

What you need to do:

Please review the briefing document here and then register your interest in the competition, by clicking on the ‘register’ button below. When you register, you will also have the opportunity to submit your interest to attend the event and present a one minute ‘Elevator Pitch’ at the event.

Places at the event will be limited and will be issued on a first come, first served basis.

You will be contacted again by 18 March to confirm if you have been selected to attend/present your ‘Elevator Pitch’ at the event on the 24 March, and we will also provide you with a Competition Pack. From this date, you will have until 5:00pm, 2 June to submit your papers.