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Funding news - 20/04/2017

Innovation in Cycling and Walking SBRI Competition Open

The Innovation in Cycling and Walking SBRI Competition will fund up to £470,000 for innovative projects that lead to more walking and cycling by tackling current barriers and encouraging more journey stages to be made by bicycle or on foot.

Innovations may include, for example, technology, infrastructure, manufacturing or behavioural change interventions.

The government's vision is for cycling and walking to become the natural choice for shorter journeys and it is estimated that cycling's contribution to the UK economy is around £3 billion. The benefits of increasing rates of cycling and walking are substantial. For people, it means cheaper travel and better health. For businesses, it means increased productivity and footfall. For society as a whole it means lower congestion, better air quality, and more vibrant, attractive places and communities.

Up to £170,000 is allocated for phase 1 of the competition and up to £300,000 for phase 2:

  • Phase 1 (proof of concept): projects should last up to 15 weeks and range in size up to a total cost of £25,000 each.
  • Phase 2 (demonstrator projects): projects should last up to nine months and range in size up to a total cost of £100,000 per project.

Through this open competition, the funder is looking to fund a portfolio of projects that propose innovative means of tackling the barriers to walking and cycling.

This competition is open to individuals, groups and organisations. It is particularly suitable for early stage, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Industry partners such as local government and independent organisations can carry out the project on their own or with others.

The deadline for registrations is 7 June 2017.

Further information can be accessed at the programme webpage

Source: Innovate UK, 20/04/2017

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