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Next generation home vision testing

Health & Life Sciences
Project Size:
Up to £10,000


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) through Transport for West Midlands (TfWM).

Together they will invest up to £2.5 million 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.

Your project must trial using 5G in the West Midlands.


Your project must:

  • Only claim up to £500,000 in grant funding
  • Be up to 12 months in length
  • Start by 15 March 2021
  • End by 21 March 2022

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.

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


The aim of this competition is to:

  • Develop new services and products that improve road and rail operational efficiency,
  • Provide better-connected transport or
  • Improve traveller experience

Your project must:

  • Focus on one of the use cases listed in the specific themes
  • Include 3 months of user or product testing in your chosen location in the West Midlands using the live 5G environment

Your project proposal must demonstrate either how 5G:

  • Is essential to developing your new service or product, or
  • Offers a significant enhancement compared to current mobile communications

You must aim to demonstrate improvements, including benefits derived from 5G bandwidth, latency, security, or reliability in one or more of the following:

  • Operation of roads to reduce congestion and improve safety
  • Improvements in air quality (for example, CO2, PM, and NOx)
  • Train, tram, bus or freight services to improve business operational efficiency or offer an increase in revenue
  • Better joined up transport for people or things (bus, train, tram, car, HGV) to provide more cohesive travel and transport solutions and transport information across the modes of transport, improving customer experience

Your project must demonstrate business viability and focus on exploitation. It must concentrate on showing the benefits of the product or service in a measurable way.

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