SBRI Rail First of a Kind Round 3: Resilience, Freight, Noise and Environment

Funding opportunity:

SBRI Rail First of a Kind Round 3: Resilience, Freight, Noise and Environment



Funder and programme:

Innovate UK (on behalf of Department for Transport) – Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI)

Funding (range):

£ 250,000 – £ 350,000



Registration closes:

17/04/2019 (12:00 noon)

Competition closes:

24/04/2019 (12:00 noon)

Businesses can apply for a share of £5.5 million, including VAT, to develop demonstrators to enhance resilience, freight operations and the environment.

This is a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition and is open to organisations of all sizes. The aim of the competition is to demonstrate innovations to stakeholders and railway customers in a representative railway environment.

This is a single-phase competition with a total allocation of up to £5.5 million, including VAT. Projects will be 100% funded. The funding is provided by the Department for Transport (DfT) and the competition will be managed by Innovate UK.

This competition has 4 themes to choose from:

  • Infrastructure resilience;
  • Operational resilience;
  • Freight;
  • Noise and environment.

Innovate UK expects to fund up to 16 projects. The assessors will consider fair value in making their evaluation. The contract will be awarded to the lead applicant. Other organisations can be involved in the project as subcontractors.

Innovate UK expects to fund projects with total eligible costs between £250,000 and £350,000, including VAT.

MSC R&D can help your business develop by supporting you in:
• Identification of appropriate grants and competition calls for proposals
• Partner search for collaborative Research & Innovation
• Bid writing
• Project management
• Audit compliance
• Commercialisation
• Business Planning
• Market Intelligence reports

If you want help with any of these opportunities, please CONTACT us on 0114 230 8401 or email