Unlocking Innovation scheme


The Unlocking Innovation Scheme aims to improve the capability of the railway supply chain to innovate with new technology, processes and business models – to benefit to Britain’s railways and grow exports.

The scheme is managed by the Railway Industry Association in collaboration with the Department for Transport, Network Rail, London Underground, RSSB, UKTram, Future Railway Enabling Innovation Team, Technology Strategy Board and their Knowledge Transfer Networks. Through the scheme, more than 100 people who care about innovation in the rail sector come together in regular workshops that aim to:

  • Nurture a dialogue between clients and suppliers.
  • Help suppliers find partners to help progress their innovations.
  • Improve access to a wide variety of funding mechanisms.
  • Provide free access to resources to help suppliers commercialise their concepts.
  • Introduce techniques to improve creativity in the workplace.

Anyone who wants to make innovation happen in the rail sector is welcome: clients, rail (and non-rail) sector suppliers, academia and organisations that facilitate or fund innovation.  The scheme is one of the initiatives under the Future Railway umbrella, working with and on behalf of the cross-industry Technical Strategy Leadership Group.

More information is available at https://connect.innovateuk.org/web/unlocking-innovation-in-rail


Key dates

What? When?
The Issue Conference 2014 11-12 February 2014, Loughborough, UK
10th Unlocking Innovation Workshop 14 May 2014, London
11th Unlocking Innovation Workshop 10 July 2014, Midlands
12th Unlocking Innovation Workshop 9 October 2014, Coventry
13th Unlocking Innovation Workshop 3 December 2014, Milton Keynes

You can check the RRUKA calendar for information on upcoming and future events.


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