First of a Kind: demonstrating tomorrow’s trains today

Organisations can apply for a share of up to £3.5 million for first of a kind technology to demonstrate tomorrow’s trains.

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This is a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition on behalf of the Department for Transport (DfT).

To be eligible to lead a project you:

  • can be an organisation of any size
  • must carry out your project work in the UK
  • involve an experienced rail technology integrator and a rail asset owner or operator

Please read the competition scope and guidance for applicants for this competition before you apply.

Published 30 October 2017
Last updated 30 October 2017 + show all updates
  1. Corrected funding amount from £3.6 million to £3.5 million.
  2. First published.