Strategic Partners

Our Strategic Partners support the programme's events and activities

Network Rail's R&D Portfolio

Network Rail’s Research, Development and Innovation (RD&I) Portfolio is working across the railway infrastructure to improve quality and value for passengers and freight customers.  Investment is targeted at £357m when Network Rail’s direct investment is combined with investment from other sources.  There is additionally a £40m performance innovation fund specifically targeting short term improvements for customers.

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The UK Rail Research and Innovation Network (UKRRIN) is designed to create powerful collaboration between academia and industry, aiming to provide a step-change in innovation in the sector and accelerate new technologies and products from research into market applications globally. 

The centres are created in Digital Systems (led by University of Birmingham), Rolling Stock (led by University of Huddersfield, in partnership with Newcastle University and Loughborough University) and Infrastructure (led by University of Southampton, in partnership with the University of Nottingham, the University of Sheffield, Loughborough University and Heriot-Watt University). Some £92m of total funding has been committed to the centres by the UK Government and leading industrial partners.

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