5G enabled road and rail transport trials in the West Midlands, round 2

Fund Name: 5G enabled road and rail transport trials in the West Midlands, round 2
Project Length: Up to 12 months
Project Value: Up to £500k
Deadline: 02/12/2020

Summary

West Midlands 5G (WM5G) will work in partnership with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) through Transport for West Midlands (TfWM).

Together they will invest up to £2.5 million in innovation projects that develop a new service or product. These must improve road and rail operational efficiency, provide better-connected transport or improve traveller experience. Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will manage the competition process.

The aim of this competition is to:

  • develop new services and products that improve road and rail operational efficiency,
  • provide better-connected transport or
  • improve traveller experience.
Fund details

You must aim to demonstrate improvements, including benefits derived from 5G bandwidth, latency, security or reliability in one or more of the following:

  • operation of roads to reduce congestion and improve safety
  • improvements in air quality (for example, CO2, PM and NOx)
  • train, tram, bus or freight services to improve business operational efficiency or offer an increase in revenue
  • better joined up transport for people or things (bus, train, tram, car, HGV) to provide more cohesive travel and transport solutions and transport information across the modes of transport, improving customer experience.

Your project must:

  • only claim up to £500,000 in grant funding
  • be up to 12 months in length
  • start by 15 March 2021
  • end by 21 March 2022
Specific themes

1. Movement of things – freight and logistics

2. Movement of people – Public transport recovery and traveller confidence post COVID-19

3. Road operation and management

Eligibility

To lead a project your organisation must:

  • be a UK registered business of any size
  • collaborate with at least one other UK registered business
  • if they wish, collaborate with UK registered research organisations, public sector organisations or charities
  • include a communications network provider (public or private) or communications integrator as a partner or sub-contractor
  • carry out its project work in the UK
  • intend to exploit the results from or in the UK

If your project needs to integrate with the physical road or rail networks or needs data from the transport monitoring and control system, you must:

  • consult Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) before submitting your application
  • include TfWM as a consortium partner or upload a letter of support from TfWM
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