Innovate UK is investing up to £10 million in collaborative R&D projects to catalyse innovation to improve the efficiency and experience of the end-to-end journey for people and freight.
Innovative proposals are sought that facilitate seamless end-to-end journeys for people and goods. The concept of end-to-end journeys aims to expand the thinking around mobility as a service, by developing truly multi-modal travel options and a single point of access for the customer (whether traveller or goods mover).
Proposals should cover one or more of the following thematic areas:
- network and data connectivity within modes and to users
- customer interaction and experience
Proposals must be collaborative and led by a business. Innovate UK expects to fund mainly industrial research projects. Small businesses could receive up to 70% of their eligible costs, medium-sized businesses 60% and large businesses 50%. University participation will be capped at 50% of overall project costs. Expected project costs will be between £250k and £3m, and projects are expected to last for up to 3 years.
This is a two-stage competition that opens for applicants on 10 August 2015. The deadline for expressions of interest is at noon on 18 November 2015. There will be a briefing event for potential applicants in London on 19 August 2015.
Details of the call can be found here.