Getting involved


Taking part in innovation


To get involved with innovation at Highways England, you can contact us if you can help with our key themes and challenges, and get involved in any targeted research and innovation competitions we either run or support.







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Challenges and Competitions

To help us solve some of our challenges, we plan to run targeted research and innovation competitions. These competitions will support the transformation of the strategic road network by unlocking new knowledge for our future. The challenges will be informed by our innovation themes, and business requirements, and will support our three imperatives, safety, delivery and customer service.

Competitions will be aimed at a wide cross section of our research and innovation network both with existing and new innovation partners. Funding will be available for the best projects which support our three imperatives and long term vision and align to the challenge’s brief. These will either be run by, or supported by Highways England.


Open competitions and challenges


Highways UK 2018 Intelligent Infrastructure Challenge

Highways UK are seeking entries for an Intelligent Infrastructure Challenge. Now in its third year, the Intelligent Infrastructure Challenge has proven a great way of connecting innovative ideas with real world highways clients.

Project: Intelligent Infrastructure Challenge.

This year’s Intelligent Infrastructure Challenge is looking for intelligent tech innovations that provide solutions to big industry challenges of safety, air pollution, cost and congestion.

Project aim:

There are four challenge categories covering safety, congestion, air pollution and cost. Full details of the competition can be found on the Highways UK website.

Current status: Open

Competition is currently open for participation

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Highways UK 2018 Materials Innovation Hub

Highways UK are also running a Materials Innovation Hub, sponsored by the Mineral Products Association.

Project : Materials Innovation Hub

Innovations in materials, components and processes used during the construction and maintenance of highways projects.

Project Aim:

To unlock innovative ideas in the materials, components and processes used during the construction and maintenance of UK highways projects. Full details of the competition can be found on the Highways UK website.

Current status: Open

Competition is currently open for participation.

Entry Process:

Enter using the online form. Short-listed entries will be invited to present at Highways UK at the NEC, Birmingham on 7/8 November in front of a panel of judges, using a “dragon’s den” style format.

Deadline:

The closing date for entries in the competition is 31 July 2018.

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Competitions we have been involved with


Highways UK 2017 Intelligent Infrastructure Hub
Highways England’s Challenge
Status: Awarded

We believe that new emerging technology has the potential to have a significant influence and impact on safety performance. Therefore, we are reaching out to industry seeking ways to take advantage of innovative technology to improve safety.

Project/company: Valerann

Concept: Real time traffic monitoring using intelligent road studs – turning roadstuds into smart connected devices, making ITS accessible to roads that could not afford it until now. It offers an end-to-end traffic monitoring and management solution with high resolution data providing operators and drivers with a real-time understanding of road and traffic conditions on a lane-by-lane and vehicle-by vehicle basis.

Current Project

Project aim: To demonstrate an economically viable solution for traffic monitoring and control in any road. This could have beneficial impacts on customer safety, journeys and road maintenance.

Current status:

We are working with overall winners Valerann to test their intelligent road stud in working conditions.

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Roads for the Future
Status: Applications closed

Highways England alongside the National Infrastructure Commission and Innovate UK is conducting a new innovation prize, for ideas on how to deliver a world-class road network in the UK ready for connected and autonomous vehicles: Roads for the Future.

Award

A share of up to £200,000 is available for ideas to change road design, management and use, to maximise the benefits of connected and autonomous vehicles.

Current Partners National Infrastructure

Project aim: Innovative ideas to change how UK roads are designed, managed and used, to maximise the benefits of connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs).

The competition will cover 3 broad themes:

• Road design, including road-related infrastructure.
• Traffic management.
• Road rules and regulations.

Current status:

The National Infrastructure Commission and Highways England are investing up to £200,000 to develop innovative ideas for the future of Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs) on UK Roads.

  • Applicants have been invited to submit ideas for a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) grant for how the UK’s Roads should be adapted to maximise the potential future benefits of CAVs. These must change the way UK roads are designed, managed and used, to maximise the benefits of CAVs.
  • Up to £30,000 will be awarded to the 5 highest-ranking applications to undertake feasibility studies. Upon completion of the studies, the National Infrastructure Commission will award a further £50,000 to the applicant judged to have developed the best project.
  • The SBRI have used independent assessors to review over 70 submissions, shortlisting 20 for discussion by a panel of industry leaders on Monday 23rd April, to decide on the five to be funded for feasibility studies. The purpose of this paper is to summarise these 20 and offer a Highways England perspective on them.

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