This is a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition funded by High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd. The aim of the competition is to deliver innovation that will drive project efficiencies and process optimisations during the design and construction phase of High Speed 2.

This is phase 1 of a potential 2-phase competition. A decision to proceed with phase 2 will depend on the outcomes from phase 1. Only successful applicants from phase 1 will be invited to apply to take part in phase 2. This will be managed by HS2. To find out more about phase 2, see ‘Supporting information’.

Phase 1 of this activity is being managed by Innovate UK on behalf of High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd.


Phase 1: research and development contracts, feasibility study

The first phase involves research and development (R&D) contracts being awarded to demonstrate technical feasibility of the proposed solution and the viability and desirability for the HS2 project. A total of up to £300,000, inclusive of VAT, is allocated to this phase.

Feasibility study R&D contracts will be up to £30,000, inclusive of VAT. This is for each project for up to 3 months.

We expect to fund up to 10 projects. The assessors will consider fair value in making their evaluation. For this competition, up to 2 assessors will be from HS2.

Your project must focus on one or more of these themes:

  • reduce manual operations
  • project interfaces
  • waste in construction
  • recruitment and onboarding
  • procurement loss prevention

For the full scope of each theme, click here.

We welcome bids from a single entity that brings together sector specialists as subcontractors. Delivery of the contract work will still be the responsibility of the applicant.

Any adoption and implementation of a solution from this competition would be subject of a separate, competitive, procurement exercise. This competition does not cover the purchase of any solution.

This competition closes at 11am UK time on the date of the deadline.

An online briefing event will be held on 12th November 2020, 10am-noon: click here to register.