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Today’s Tenders

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Take a look at these Tender opportunities for funding in Knowledge Exchange activities. Please pass this on to any colleagues you feel may also be interested. For more information on any opportunity listed, please contact

Transport for the North Strategy Scenarios

Transport for the North (TfN) needs to develop the future travel demand patterns that will result from the transformational growth scenarios set out in the NPIER, and develop a coherent evidence-based narrative to show the contribution of transport investment to economic growth. The outputs from this commission will play a critical role in evidencing that narrative and supporting the development of Integrated Transport Strategy. The main deliverable from the commission will be a range of multi-modal travel demand scenarios to inform TfN’s developing evidence base, strategy and scheme development processes.

Deadline for proposals: 8 August

Supply of Economic Reseach on the Impact of Digital Urban Solutions

The Catapult requires a provider of economic research services to validate and expand on its approach to measuring economic impact of digital interventions within cities. Key economic indicators include: productivity impacts, GVA, BCR, efficiency and effectiveness. The work will be delivered in a format that is clearly organized using the Catapult’s proprietary Economic Impact Framework to deliver an evidence based assessment, in addition to a written report detailing the robust methods for measuring the market potential should be provided to highlight key findings and aid interpretation of the quantitative analysis.

Deadline for proposals: 19 August

Supply of City Systems Optimisation Consultancy

The Catapult requires a service provider to draw upon specialist knowledge in the fields of engineering and advanced maths to devise a replicable and dynamic city optimisation solution. The services will comprise of two phases. Phase 1: A generic city model will be developed which maps data and general characteristics into agreed financial, social and environmental KPIs. Phase 2: The static framework developed will be real-time calibrated for each city by using massive sets of structured and unstructured data gathered over different time horizons from different sources across the city which differ in terms of reliability, precision, underlying models, etc.

Deadline for proposals: 19 August


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