Developing digital roads and improving air quality; feasibility study and development.

Key features: The aim of this competition is to generate practical ideas and solutions to improved the design, management and use of the UK road network.

Programme: This is a 2 phase Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition. It is for projects where feasibility has not yet been proven (low technology readiness level).

Award: up to £75,000

Opens: 11 February 2019

Registration closes: No Deadline

Closes: 1 May 2019

Support phone number: 0114 236 4457

SBRI and Highways England are funding projects encompassing at least one of these themes:
1.         Design, construction and maintenance
2.         Connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs)
3.         Customer mobility
4.         Energy and environment
5.         Operations
6.         Air quality
Applicable to UK public highways.
 
The aim of this competition is to generate practical ideas and solutions to improved the design, management and use of the UK road network.
 
Funding
 
This is a 2 phase Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition. It is for projects where feasibility has not yet been proven (low technology readiness level).
Phase 1: technical feasibility
Up to £2 million is available in phase 1 for projects to develop feasibility studies. Projects will be awarded up to £75, 000, including VAT, per project lasting up to 8 weeks.
Phase 2: prototype development and evaluation
This second phase involves research and development (R&D) contracts being awarded to successful applicants eligible to apply from phase 1. Up to £6 million is available for the whole phase with a view to producing a prototype. Projects will be awarded up to £1 million including VAT.
 
We expect total costs of up to £75,000, including VAT, for each project in phase 1 and up to £1 million, including VAT, for phase 2.    
 
Scope
 
Your project must be relevant to the UK public highway. It can focus on particular types of road (from all-purpose trunk roads to motorways) or types of road use (including public transport and freight). It can either be location-specific or generic.
 
Out of scope
 
We will not fund projects that:
  • have already proven feasibility, though you can apply for funding for these projects in the parallel competition
  • do not directly apply to the UK public highway used by motorised vehicles
  • focus on non-road transport modes, such as rail, or primarily focus on vehicles.
  • focus on forecasting demand for road use, or the current planning processes for delivering road schemes
  • cover items already trialled on the strategic road network in England
  • will not lead to capital investment
  • proposals that just seek to refine and or improve the way we advance our UK CITE project, A2 or M2 corridor and Intercor projects
are focused on stopped vehicle detection

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