UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £2.5million to support development of 5G enabled transport innovations.
West Midlands 5G (WM5G) will work in partnership with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA). Together they will invest up to £2.5million in innovation projects that develop a new service or product. These must improve road and rail operational efficiency, provide better-connected transport or improve traveller experience. Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will manage the competition process.
This competition will support projects up to 18 months in duration.
Your project must trial using 5G in the West Midlands.
You must consult with Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) if the transport monitoring and control system:
- Needs to integrate with the physical road or rail networks
- Requires data
You must also ask TfWM to provide a letter of support for your project.
You must consult with a mobile network operator (Vodafone, O2, BT or 3) to confirm 5G functionality is available for your project in the West Midlands.
You must include a public or private communications network provider or a communications integrator as a partner or a sub-contractor in your consortium.
If your project is:
- Up to 12 months long you can claim up to £500,000 grant funding
- Between 13 and 18 months long you can claim up to £1million grant funding
The grant you claim as a consortium must be no more than 50% of the total eligible project costs. There is no maximum on total eligible project costs. If you request funding of more than 50% of the total eligible project costs or the grant requested exceeds the maximum allowed your application will be ineligible.
Projects must start by 1 August 2020 and end by 31 March 2022.
Innovate UK are expecting to fund a portfolio of projects (see the ‘Scope’ section).
Innovate UK are expecting to fund up to five projects, and at least one of them must focus on traveller experience.
Your project must be an effective collaboration, as defined in the ‘Funding’ section.
To lead a project your organisation:
- Must be a UK-registered business of any size
- Must collaborate with at least one other UK-registered business
- Can collaborate with UK-registered research organisations, public sector organisations or charity
- Must include a communications network provider (public or private) or communications integrator as a partner or sub-contractor
- Must carry out its project work in the UK
- Must intend to exploit the results from or in the UK
If your project needs to integrate with the physical road or rail networks or needs data from the transport monitoring and control system, you must:
- Consult Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) before submitting your application
- Include TfWM as a consortium partner or upload a letter of support from TfWM
Academic institutions cannot lead or work alone.
To collaborate with the lead organisation your organisation must:
- Be a UK-registered business, academic institution, charity, public sector organisation or research and technology organisation (RTO)
- Carry out its project work in the UK, using only UK-based employees
- Intend to exploit the results from or in the UK
- Be invited to take part by the lead applicant
- Enter its costs in the Innovation Funding Service
Your project can include partners that do not receive any of this competition’s funding.
Any one UK-registered business can lead on one application and collaborate in a further two applications.
If a UK-registered business is not leading an application, it can collaborate in up to three applications.
Academic institutions can collaborate in up to three applications.
Communications operators and service providers can collaborate on any number of applications.
All projects must not rely on any other project submission.
Innovate UK have allocated up to £2.5million to fund innovation projects in this competition.
Organisations that are primarily engaged in commercial or economic activity (known as selective advantage) as part of the project must ensure their request for funding does not exceed the limits defined below. This includes organisations that typically act non-economically but for the purpose of this project will be undertaking commercial or economic activity.
Innovate UK are expecting collaborative experimental development projects. ‘Effective collaboration’ means collaboration between at least two independent parties. The goal must be either:
- To exchange knowledge or technology, or
- To achieve a common objective based on the division of labour where the parties jointly define the scope of the collaborative project, contribute to its implementation and share its risks, as well as its results
Contract research and provision of research services are not considered forms of collaboration.
For collaborations between businesses, no one business partner can take more than 70% of the total eligible project costs. For collaborations between businesses and research organisations, the research organisation must bear at least 10% of the total eligible project costs and have the right to publish their own research. As a consortium, total project grant funding must not exceed 50% of your total eligible project costs. This is regardless of the individual partners’ grants claims.
Of that 50%, individual partners can claim grant funding up to:
- Up to 60% of your eligible project costs if you are a micro or small organisation
- Up to 50% if you are a medium-sized organisation
- Up to 40% if you are a large organisation If your project requests funding of more than 50% of the total eligible project costs your application will be ineligible.
Grant funding will be provided by WM5G to the lead partner, for distribution to their consortium members. Prompt payment terms will be agreed between consortium partners.
The research organisations in your consortium undertaking non-economic activity as part of the project can share up to 20% of the consortium’s total eligible project costs. If your consortium contains more than one research organisation undertaking non-economic activity, this maximum is shared between them.
This competition provides state aid funding under article 25, ‘Aid for research and development projects’, of the General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER). It is your responsibility to make sure that your organisation is eligible to receive state aid.
Innovate UK are not funding:
- Media or broadcast projects
- Vehicle-to-vehicle safety critical use case trials
Cresco Innovation works with companies to develop and implement innovation strategies. We help client companies identify opportunities to develop new products and services, and then create a package of support to ensure that the idea is turned into a commercial reality.
Our services include securing grants (as a team we have raised around £40million over three years), business planning, IP advice, access to finance and funders, project management and IP commercialisation support.
We regularly act as the interface with the funding bodies and help clients ensure that their projects are properly managed to ensure the best outcome for all.