SBRI: FOAK 2022 cost efficiency and performance priorities for a reliable railway
Up to 6 months
This competition is part of a larger ‘first of a kind’ demonstrator initiative, on behalf of DfT. The initiative aims to accelerate innovation in the UK rail sector and enable technologies to be readily and efficiently integrated into the railway system. This competition is the sixth in the first of a kind portfolio.
This competition aims to support innovative suppliers in preparation for market readiness.
Your project must create a highly interactive and innovative demonstrator. This should be in an environment where railway customers and industry representatives can witness the product as a compelling business proposition.
Example environments can include:
This list is not exhaustive, we may also consider demonstrators in settings highly representative of these environments.
You must describe your projects potential to be successfully exploited in a railway environment. We encourage you to discuss regulations, policy and other requirements with potential customer organisations before you submit your application.
Your project must:
You must provide evidence, showing your innovation can attract customers, get insurance, supply warranties, and attract financing.
Your evidence must show:
You must demonstrate potential benefits to passengers and customers, including:
For your theme 3 – Industry cost efficiency and network performance priorities to support a reliable railway for customers project, you must work with a railway partner to deliver a demonstration of your innovation in a live railway environment.
You must also include an evaluation activity to identify the cost and benefits of your deliverables, and to support commercial uptake of your product.
You must present at an industry briefing event to highlight the benefits you can bring to the railways.
1. Plan resilience and recoverability
2. Ancillary Plan to deliver right time, right traction from depot
3. Deterioration in network response to external events including trespass and suicide
4. Operating staff availability
5. Weather, seasons and climate change
6. More efficient use of access for infrastructure maintenance
7. Removal of organisational or systemic blockers to deployment of performance initiatives
To lead a project, you can:
Applicants are welcome from all sectors.
Your project must involve:
These criteria can be met by a single organisation or up to three separate organisations.
You must also:
Proposals into this competition must already be high maturity at Rail Industry Readiness level 5 or above. You must evidence this as part of your application.Contact us