Innovate 4 Rail
The Innovate 4 Rail project will provide a target group of SMEs with practical support to develop new products and solutions for the rail industry. The project will provide:
A regular programme of sector focussed events and workshops to raise SMEs’ awareness and capacity for innovation within rail including specialist input on understanding the commercial opportunities in rail and the market requirements.
1:1 diagnostic and advice including assessment of suitability for rail and scoping of potential new products, services or processes that could benefit from further project support.
SMEs with a scoped project will be supported through a collaborative research and innovation project involving technical and academic support from both University partners. This will include access to state of the art laboratories with purpose- built test rigs for true railway simulation, converting test data into information about performance, safety and durability. The project will also enable D2N2 SME access, where appropriate, to a real railway environment at an outdoor test facility (e.g. Quinton Rail Testing Centre (QRTC) for live track testing). Both University partners will participate in this element.
The Innovate 4 Rail project is a three year collaboration between the University of Derby, University of Birmingham and Rail Forum Midlands that started in July 2020 and will continue until the end of June 2023. The collaboration is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
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