First of a Kind railway competition (FOAK 2022)

Apply for a share of up to £7.6 million to develop a demonstration of your greener railway idea. This competition, split over three themes, is designed to increase innovation the UK rail sector.

The challenge

This is a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition funded by the Department for Transport (DfT). The aim of the competition is to deliver data-led demonstrations of innovations to the UK railways.

This competition is part of a larger First of a Kind demonstrator initiative, on behalf of DfT. It aims to speed-up innovation in the UK rail sector allowing technologies to be readily and efficiently integrated into the railway system. 

The First of a Kind competition has three themes:

How much is available? 

Depending on your chosen theme, your project can range in size up to total costs of between £150,000 and £4000,000, inclusive of VAT for 6 months. 

Closing date

Proposals for one the three challenges must be submitted by Wednesday 8 June 2022 at 11:00am (GMT).

How to get involved

Get more details about this challenge and apply on the GOV.UK website.