Innovate UK, in partnership with Crossrail International and the Department for International Trade, is to invest £750,000 (including VAT) in innovative rail solutions in spaces including digital innovation, operational efficiency, station security and more. KTN will be hosting two briefing events for two separate competitions on the 13th of September. These are:

  1. SBRI – Digital Transformation of Hanoi Metro Line 5, Vietnam: £300k is allocated to this strand (including VAT).
  2. SBRI – Global Rail Export Innovation for Australia, Canada & India: £450k is allocated to this strand (including VAT).

Both competitions will open on the 13th September and close on the 13th October 2021.

About Event

Competition One: SBRI – Digital Transformation for the Hanoi Metro Line 5, Vietnam

The first of these strands is in partnership with Crossrail International, looking at digital transformation for the Hanoi Metro MRB. Crossrail International have an existing strong relationship with Hanoi Metro and will support successful applicants to understand the needs and context of the individual themes and assist with introductions.  A total of £300k is allocated to this strand (up to £75k per project including VAT). There are four specific themes within this strand of the competition and Innovate UK anticipate funding one feasibility project from each of the four themes:

Theme 1 – Digital Project Management Office (PMO)

Theme 2 – Efficient data management (Common Data Enviroment)

Theme 3 – Digital environmental acceptance

Theme 4 – Digital asset information management

Competition Two: SBRI – Global Rail Export Innovation for Australia, Canada & India

The second strand is in collaboration with the Department for International Trade (DIT), who have identified Australia, Canada and India as markets with particular rail innovation challenges that could benefit from UK exports. The competition will focus on supporting companies that have strong innovative ideas to adapt their product or service to access new markets. The challenges for each of the markets are summarised below:


– Operational optimisation

– Monitoring and predictive maintenance of assets


– Alternative propulsion technologies

– Energy efficiency

– Operational optimisation


– Security and crowding of stations

– Monitoring and predictive maintenance of assets

– Improving freight operations

– Increasing train speed

Applicants for this strand can work with existing partners in the local markets or request support from DIT to identify potential contacts. Innovate UK expect to fund up to nine feasibility projects and a total of £450k is allocated to this strand (up to £50k per project including VAT).

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