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Transport iNet announces collaborative R&D competition for East Midlands-based SMEs and HEIs

The Transport iNet have announced a collaborative R&D competition for East Midlands based SMEs (Small and Medium Enterprises) and HEIs (Higher Educational Institutions) involved in the Transport sector.

Large companies and organisations outside the East Midlands can participate (and be paid for their time / services) but cannot receive direct grant funding.

The competition seeks to support the design, development and manufacture of greener, safer more integrated transportation systems through four themes:

  • Decreasing the whole life environmental impact of transportation: design, production, use, end of life treatment
  • Integration of transport modes: information systems and transportation planning
  • Innovation in transportation safety systems, human-machine interface and control
  • Innovative production technologies: design and modelling, systems integration, rapid prototyping, materials and efficient manufacturing

Funding of up to 40% of project cost is available, with a maximum grant of £250,000.

Project duration must be between three and sixteen months.


Key dates:

Call issued - Monday 23rd May 2011

Applications to be submitted - Monday 4th July 2011

Grant approval notification to successful applicants - Monday 1st August 2011

Project Activity (start date) - to be confirmed in project contract

Project Activity (end date) - 30th November 2012 (latest)

Final claim - to be submitted prior to 31st December 2012

This Collaborative Research and Development project is delivered by the Transport iNet and funded by East Midlands Development Agency (emda) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Visit the Transport iNet website for full details.

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