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19 consortia announced as winners in R&D funding competition

£10million-worth of R&D project funding

In October last year the Transport KTN ran a consortia-building event for the Accelerating Innovation in Rail collaborative R&D competition.  The Technology Strategy Board received lots of quality applications, across a good breadth and range from within and outside the rail sector, and nineteen projects have been successful in gaining funding. In fact, because of the number of applications and their high quality, additional funding has been made available, with both RSSB and BIS providing contributions to increase the total amount of funding from £4 million to £5 million. 

Including contributions from the companies involved, the total value of the R&D projects is in excess of £10 million.   

Successful consortia

Nineteen projects, involving a total of 46 companies, universities and other organisations, including twenty-one small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) have been granted funding. 

The projects will be led by:

  • Artemis Intelligent Power Ltd,
  • Balfour Beatty Rail Ltd,
  • Balfour Beatty Rail Technologies Limited (3 projects),
  • British Telecommunications plc,
  • Broadband Access Strategies LLP,
  • Bombardier Transportation UK Ltd,
  • Heat Trace Ltd, Hitex (UK) Ltd,
  • Innovative Technology and Science Ltd, 
  • Interfleet Technology Ltd,
  • Laser Cladding Technology Ltd,
  • London Underground, 
  • Magnomatics Ltd,
  • Materials Engineering Research Laboratory (MERL) Ltd,
  • Omnicom Engineering Ltd,
  • Trapeze Group Ltd and 
  • TRL (Transport Research Laboratory).

The funding programme will increase the level of innovation in established rail businesses while also introducing new businesses to the rail sector. The projects include work that will lead, for example, to the development of:

  • Systems to improve the energy efficiency of both diesel and electric-powered trains
  • Better passenger services such as multi-modal journey planning and enhanced voice and broadband provision on passenger trains;
  • Improving safety and reducing delays and cost in winter with energy efficient heating system for points and an on-train adhesion monitoring system;
  • Reducing the lifetime costs of rail infrastructure and rolling-stock with technologies such as laser cladding, asset monitoring systems and the use of composite materials.
Press release

View and download the full press release from the Technology Strategy Board's website here.

View and download the list of successful projects here.


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