• Status: Closed

  • Key features: Investment of up to £500k for feasibility studies demonstrating innovation in the transportation sector.

  • Programme: Feasibility studies

  • Award: Up to £500k

  • Opens: 14 Oct 2013, 00:00

  • Registration closes: 20 Nov 2013, 12:00

  • Closes: 27 Nov 2013, 12:00

  • Support phone number: 0300 321 4357

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Integrated transport - In-field solutions

Competition results

The results of this competition are now available; see the PDF of the winning project proposals.
 

Summary

Please note, details of funding for feasibility study projects were amended on 27 September 2013.
 
The Technology Strategy Board is to invest up to £10m to stimulate innovation in the transportation sector. 
 
The economic and environmental cost of traffic congestion means that there is a significant opportunity for a new approach to transportation through integration, to boost the economy, reduce environmental impact, and provide more reliable, more predictable and safer transport. 
 
The competition is in two phases, with feasibility studies being followed by in-field trials. 
 
First, up to £500k of the total funding will be made available for feasibility studies, to demonstrate the potential benefits of transport integration in particular areas. Feasibility studies must be business-led and collaborative, and they are open to organisations of any size. The feasibility studies may attract up to 65% public funding of project costs (75% for SMEs). We expect total project costs to be between £60k and £80k, and we expect projects to last up to three months.
 
The results of the feasibility studies will then shape a competition for collaborative R&D projects, which will take the form of in-field trials of transport integration solutions. These projects also must be business-led, and they are open to organisations of any size. We are especially seeking to encourage projects that involve local authorities or their equivalents. In relation to collaborative R&D, we are primarily seeking to fund industrial research, with a business partner attracting up to 50% public funding of their project costs (60% for SMEs). We expect collaborative R&D projects to range in size from £1m to £4m, and that in-field trials will last for 12 months. 
 
The competition for feasibility studies opens on 14 October 2013. The deadline for registration is 20 November 2013, and the deadline for completed applications is noon on 27 November 2013. An optional briefing event for this stage of the competition will be held on 17 October 2013
 
Details of the collaborative R&D phase of the competition will be published at a later date – this phase of the competition is likely to open around June 2014. 
 

Background

Transport plays a major role throughout the economy, generating substantial employment and contributing to trade, as well as providing access to education and healthcare. 
 
But the transport system that keeps people and goods moving is clearly reaching saturation point. Congestion plagues every major country, with outdated traffic management leading to frustration and losses in business revenues, and increased travel time for customers. 
 
Congestion costs the UK over £30bn annually in lost productivity, and road traffic congestion in this country is set to increase by 25% by 2022. 
 
The UK is well-placed to take an innovative approach to transport at a macro level through integration (the integration of transport systems and networks), taking into account all modes of transport, to make the movement of people and goods easier and more efficient. Through collaboration, design and engineering, or modification of current systems, integration offers a solution to reduce capital cost and maintenance, by providing a self- functioning and self-monitoring transport system. If successful, we envisage that this will boost the economy, increase social inclusion and reduce the environmental impact of transport. 
 
The integration of transport is a hugely complex task – the difficulty of mastering supply chains, stakeholder management, business models and commercial sensitivities is not to be underestimated. But cloud computing, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, 4G, social media, crowd-sourcing, electronic ticketing and payment, data management, increased connectivity, and location-based services (to name but a few) could offer new solutions for transport. 
 

Scope

Given the speed of innovation in this area, we are inviting proposals for in-field trials of integrated transport solutions. The competition will initially support feasibility studies to identify potential areas where we could see the benefits of transport integration: the results of these feasibility studies will then shape the in-field trials. 
 
The aim is to encourage new ways of thinking, to deliver more efficient transportation. Given its complexity, today's transportation needs a multidisciplinary and collaborative approach. We are not specifying an innovation, technology, company or trial area that is to be the focus of integration, or the approach that should be taken, but our focus is on developing practical and implementable solutions. 
 
The overall aim is to: 
  • address the challenges of transport efficiency through integration 
  • focus on innovation for industry growth, rather than reacting solely to environmental and regulatory challenges 
  • create a more systematic approach to innovation and technology transfer across sectors that will develop markets and supply chains 
  • support businesses in accessing UK and international markets 
  • enhance communication within transport management 
  • improve the viability of supply chains, ensuring continuity and security of supply, and providing opportunities for SMEs. 
     

Feasibility studies 

The feasibility studies should aim to show how the in-field solutions will: 
  • identify a real-life situation where the movement of people and goods is being hindered through outdated transport systems, and can be made more efficient through integration 
  • identify existing economic impacts in the trial area, and provide quantifiable evidence of the potential for financial improvement through the trial solution 
  • develop future-system flexibility, to protect against fast-moving innovation in transport technologies 
  • identify any issues around stakeholder management etc, and encourage business collaboration 
  • overcome any deficiencies in interoperability, incompatibility of data or differences in language in providing a product or service 
  • assess local market size and the potential for home-grown innovation 
  • through design and engineering, leverage existing infrastructure and system components to reduce operational and maintenance costs 
  • improve the provision of information to passengers 
  • bring together public and private services, so that routes can be used most effectively. 
     

Collaborative R&D: In-field trials 

The large-scale, real-life in-field trial(s) are then intended to provide ‘can-do' evidence, showing how approaches will offer cost reductions in infrastructure, how resilience, security and interoperability can be increased, and how data can be used more effectively for the benefit of customers and operators. 
 
We are looking particularly for solutions that involve travellers, communities and distribution businesses, and that help SMEs to develop strong and ongoing relationships with local government. 
 
Trial projects should involve innovative business models and a real-life test bed with a real-life problem, and they should involve UK SMEs and supply chains in delivering solutions. 
 
The field of trial should be of a sufficient scale to provide convincing evidence of the value and performance of integrated transport. This means we only plan to fund a small number of trial projects (around one to three). 
 
It is likely that successful solutions will consist of many linked projects, all related to the same field of trial. 
 
We are particularly interested in proposals that: 
  • test and showcase the integration of multiple transport systems, products and services 
  • show how collaboration benefits businesses and supply chains 
  • show where there are weaknesses in existing systems 
  • nudge human behaviour towards a balanced operation of the transportation system 
  • tackle specific challenges in transport which have an impact on the economy, quality of life, or the environment 
  • combine recent or current investment in transport infrastructure, management, vehicle (road, rail, marine or aviation) connectivity, and information systems 
  • break down barriers to local and regional procurement and engage stakeholders with strong technical leadership 
  • provide an open platform that allows innovative companies, particularly SMEs, to test future ideas 
  • overcome deficiencies in data exploitation and integration for the benefit of customers 
  • highlight barriers to future innovation 
  • have the potential for further development and use beyond the initial funding. 
     

Funding allocation and project details

The Technology Strategy Board will invest up to £10m for projects that address the challenges outlined in the scope above. 
 
Up to £500k will be made available for feasibility studies lasting three months. These must be business-led and collaborative, and can involve companies of any size. At the end of the feasibility studies, a report of their findings will be made publicly available. 
 
Up to £9.5m will be then made available for large-scale in-field trials, which will last for 12 months. These must also be business-led and collaborative, and can involve businesses of any size. The purpose of this funding is to test the benefits of integrating transport systems to a greater extent than is currently possible: it is not intended to bridge gaps in available funding for existing projects or infrastructure. It is a condition of the funding that the results of trials will be made publicly available and widely disseminated. 
 
We are especially seeking to encourage projects that involve local authorities or their equivalents, working with commercial partners and solution providers to deliver the trials. It will be the responsibility of these bodies to ensure that all EU procurement and state aid rules are complied-with. 
 
The feasibility studies will attract funding of 65- 75% of project costs, depending on the size of the organisation involved. We expect total project costs to be between £60k and £80k. In-field trials will be funded at 50-60% of project costs, depending on the size of the organisation. We expect total project costs for in-field trials to be between £1m and £4m.

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Application process

The competition for feasibility studies opens on 14 October 2013. The deadline for registration is at noon on 20 November 2013 and the deadline for applications is at noon on 27 November 2013.
 
Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application on 10 January 2014. 
 
Details of the collaborative R&D phase of the competition will be made known at a later date. This phase of the competition is likely to open around June 2014. 
 
A briefing will be held on 17 October 2013 to highlight the main features of the competition and explain the application process. Applicants are strongly recommended to attend this event. 
 
See general guidance on how projects are funded.
 

Key dates

Stage one - feasibility studies

  • Competition opens: 14 October 2013
  • Briefing event: 17 October 2013
  • Registration deadline: 20 November 2013 noon
  • Deadline for applications: 27 November 2013 noon
  • Applicants informed of results: 10 January 2014
     

More information

To apply for this competition you must first register with us. You can do this by going to the web page for this competition at www.innovateuk.org, under Funding & Support > Funding competitions. 
 
When you register you will get access to all the supporting information you need before you apply, including the Guidance for Applicants and the application form. 
 
Additional information is available from the dedicated _connect group for this competition: see https://connect.innovateuk.org.
 

Publicity

As part of the application process, all applicants are asked to submit a public description of the project. This should adequately describe the project but not disclose any information that may impact on intellectual property, is confidential or commercially sensitive. 
 
The titles of successful projects, names of organisations, amounts awarded and the public description will be published once the award is confirmed as final. Information about unsuccessful project applications will remain confidential and will not be made public. 
 
E-mail pressoffice@tsb.gov.uk with any queries.