Industrial 5G Testbeds & Trials: Manufacturing and Logistics Sectors Projects

The DCMS 5G Programme Industrial 5G Testbeds & Trials grant funding competition has now closed for applications. Officials are currently reviewing proposals.

The Industrial 5G Testbeds and Trials competition is making available UK Government investment to trial new 5G services and applications in the vertical industry sectors of manufacturing and logistics. The aim of these projects is to demonstrate the value of 5G, beyond enhanced mobile broadband, by targeting industrial uses that can help deliver efficiency, productivity, and other benefits in the UK economy, and help the UK lead the development of enterprise applications for 5G.

This competition is aimed at consortia led by private sector companies and requires the participation of at least one small or medium sized enterprise (SME). The application should be submitted by the lead project partner. Leading a consortium will include development and leading the delivery of the project and proactively encouraging participation from small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). The details of project roles and eligibility are provided in the Competition Guidance and supporting documents.

These projects will explore 5G deployment and industrial use cases in the areas of manufacturing and logistics. We are seeking involvement from a range of companies that have the potential to contribute to the testbeds and trials, such as manufacturing and logistics companies, system integrators, mobile and fixed network operators, and equipment suppliers. Public sector, Academic, and Research and Technology Organisations may also be involved.


To apply for DCMS grant funding from this competition please complete the Application Form provided and return to

The Competition Guidance, Programme Overview, Application Form and supporting documentation are available below. Instructions on how to apply are available in the Competition Guidance.

Competition Timeline

Competition Opens 18 July 2019
Briefing Events Competition briefing event 23 July 2019 - Digital Catapult Conference Space, 101 Euston Road, London, NW1 2RA Registration is open via
Clarification Questions Receipt Deadline 30 August 2019
Competition Closes Midday 10 October 2019
Shortlist Applicants Notified Late October 2019
Shortlisted Applicants Interviewed Week commencing 28 October 2019
Successful Applicants Notified November 2019
Grant Claim Period From 1 January 2020 until 31 March 2022


The 5GTT Programme is making available funding for this competition, subject to the outcome of the upcoming Government Spending Review. Funding will come from the National Productivity Investment Fund, via the £200 million allocated to the 5GTT Programme.

Sector Number of Projects Project Funding Per Project
Manufacturing 4-6 £3-4 million
Logistics 2-3 £5-10 million
  1. Industrial 5G Testbeds and Trials - Competition Guidance (PDF, 501KB, 35 pages)
  2. Industrial 5G Testbeds and Trials - Manufactring and Logistics - Application Form (MS Word Document, 36.3KB)
  3. Industrial 5G Testbeds and Trials - Manufacturing and Logistics - Project Finance Form (MS Excel Spreadsheet, 300KB)
  4. Industrial 5G Testbeds and Trials - Manufacturing - Finance Summary Form (MS Excel Spreadsheet, 48.6KB)
  5. 5G Testbeds and Trials - General Guidance for Grant Applicants (PDF, 95.5KB, 10 pages)
  6. 5G Testbeds and Trials - Eligible Project Costs Guidance (PDF, 89.8KB, 7 pages)
  7. 5G Testbeds and Trials - Guidance for academics applying via the Je-S system (PDF, 64.2KB, 2 pages)
  8. Industrial 5G Testbeds and Trials - Manufacturing - Template Grant Funding Agreement (PDF, 1.99MB, 92 pages)
  9. Industrial 5G Testbeds and Trials - Logistics - Template Grant Funding Agreement (PDF, 1.96MB, 90 pages)
  10. 5G Testbeds and Trials - Potential Monitoring Indicators / Quarterly Benefits Reporting Template (I5GTT) (MS Excel Spreadsheet, 113KB)
  11. 5G Testbeds and Trials - Programme Participation Agreement (PDF, 207KB, 3 pages)
  12. Industrial 5G Testbeds and Trials - Q&A (PDF, 256KB, 15 pages)

Contact us

If you have any questions or would like more clarification please contact us on Your question and the answer will be posted to the Industrial 5GTT Q&A document listed at attachment 12 above (unless commercially sensitive). Please refer to the existing Q&A before submitting your question as you may find the information you are looking for provided there.

If you are interested in applying for the Industrial 5G Testbeds and Trials competition, you can sign up to the UK5G collaboration platform for the manufacturing and logistics sectors to connect with other organisations which are interested in forming a consortium.

Published 18 July 2019