DCMS Industrial 5G Testbeds and Trials Competition Launch

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The DCMS 5G Programme Industrial 5G Testbeds & Trials grant funding competition is open for applications. 

Information, including details on how to apply, is provided on the gov.uk information page. This includes competition guidance, the application form and supporting documents for applying for DCMS grant funding. We are seeking Industry led 5G based projects in the manufacturing and logistics sectors. The deadline for applications is noon on the 10th October.

The competition is making available UK Government investment to trial new industrial 5G services and applications in manufacturing and logistics. The aim of these projects is to demonstrate the value of 5G, beyond enhanced mobile broadband, by targeting industrial applications that can help improve efficiency and productivity in the UK economy, and helping the UK lead the development of enterprise use cases of 5G internationally. 

The competition is open to industry led proposals from across the UK. We expect that applications will involve a range of private sector organisations (for example, manufacturers, ports, logistics companies, wireless network or service providers, and equipment suppliers, small innovative enterprises) and may also involve Public Sector, Academic, and Research and Technology organisations. 

The Programme is seeking 4-6 projects from the manufacturing sector with £3-4 million of DCMS funding available per project and 2-3 projects in the Logistics sector with £5-10 million available for each. 

There is a briefing event for the Industrial 5G Testbeds and Trials competition on 23rd July at Digital Catapult, London. This will cover context and scope for the grant funding competition, eligibility criteria and the application process. If you would like to attend, please visit UK5G here to register.

For more information, enquiries, and questions about this competition please contact industrial5Gtt@culture.gov.uk. We will issue formal answers to clarification questions, which can be viewed by all interested parties, as the competition progresses. Questions must be made by 30 August 2019 to guarantee a response.