Up to $500,000 is available to assist the rail manufacturing supply chain to develop new technologies and products.

RMCRC INNOVATION GATEWAY PROJECTS

Overview

The Rail Manufacturing CRC (RMCRC) Innovation Gateway Projects program is to encourage businesses either currently working in the rail manufacturing industry supply chain, or businesses with the potential to work in the rail manufacturing industry to consider entering into a partnership with a research organisation to develop a project proposal that addresses one of the rail technology issues identified by RMCRC as being a priority for the rail sector.

Proposals can be submitted by existing RMCRC Industry and Research Participants, or from new Industry and Research Partners with the potential to become a Participant in RMCRC.

 

Background

Rail Manufacturing CRC Limited (RMCRC) supports the rail sector by developing new technologies and knowledge to enhance Australia’s rail manufacturing capacity and competitiveness. Formed in 2014, RMCRC’s current members include innovative rail manufacturing multinationals, innovative SMEs and key research providers.

RMCRC aims to assist industry to transform the global rail manufacturing supply chain through increased innovation. To do this, RMCRC co-funds collaborative research projects between stakeholders in the rail manufacturing sector.

 

Funding

RMCRC is seeking to identify projects which will attract a matched contribution by RMCRC in the range of $200,000 to $500,000. RIG Projects will be funded from the industry partner’s cash contributions plus RMCRC funds, with RMCRC funds forming 50% of the Project Budget. The researchers involved in the Projects may also contribute significant in-kind contributions to assist in the economic and efficient completion of RIG Projects.

RMCRC funding will only be paid to research provider participants in accordance with the project budgets in the respective project agreement. Cash will not be provided to the industry participant.

The cash budget for RMCRC Innovation Gateway Projects is only to be used:

  • to pay research provider staff; and
  • for limited operational expenditure (OpEx) and limited capital expenditure (CapEx), by the research provider organisation.

 

Eligibility

Project Proposals must consider rail manufacturing industry needs and have a direct application and benefit to rail manufacturing and address a specific rail technology issue within one of RMCRC’s Research Program Priorities. RMCRC is seeking Innovation Project Proposals which address one of the following rail technology priorities:

Within Research Program 1 – Power & Propulsion:

  • Lithium battery development for rail applications;
  • Novel electric traction motor development;
  • Advanced braking systems.

Within Research Program 2 – Materials & Manufacturing:

  • Alloy and process development for rolling stock;
  • Robotics and automated production processes;
  • Light-weighting of rail componentry;
  • Rolling stock maintenance cost reduction.

Within Research Program 3 – Design, Modelling & Simulation:

  • Automated online health monitoring & condition monitoring systems for rail componentry;
  • Data analysis and algorithm analysis for real-time rail applications;
  • Computerised modelling tools for rolling stock fabrication.

Projects are to be budgeted using Output Based Pricing Principles where payment to research provider participants is to be on the successful completion of project milestones as defined in the Project Agreement.

RMCRC will have no obligation to fund any RIG Project unless, and until, it has entered into a Project Agreement in respect of the Project and the entry into such Project Agreements is entirely at the sole discretion of the board RMCRC.

 

Timing

Applications close 15 April 2016.

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