Programme and support

 

Tier 1 – Core Incubation

Duration – 6 months from June 2020

Tier 1 represents the core support network of the SIMULATE programme, with successful entrants receiving a full 6-month incubation package tailored to their needs.  This will be delivered in partnership between Amey, CPC and Keele. Entrants are invited to relocate to the new Keele University Smart Innovation Hub during this period, however this is not essential for participation in the programme. During the first two months, entrants will be supported in developing their detailed pilot design in order to unlock funding and progress to Tier 2.

The programme will include:

  • Investment readiness support
  • Customer introductions
  • Free office space within the Keele Smart Innovation Hub
  • Opportunities for funded Academic collaboration alongside Keele University
  • Personalised business/technical mentorship through Amey
  • Local Government positioning and market entry pathfinding
  • Local growth fund bid support
  • Pilot planning and design support
  • Bid Support for Tier 2
  • SMART outcome/objective management and Demo Day
  • Personalised technical support
  • Academic support from Keele University

 

Tier 2 – Live Trialling

Duration – up to 14 months from July 2020

Participants can progress through Tier 2 level support through a successful application for funding through the SIMULATE programme.  The project team will be working closely alongside participants to design and develop pilot trials and will support in bidding for funding from the SMULATE seed fund.  Participants may also receive support in pursuing other innovation funding opportunities as part of Tier 2.

Participants who are successful in securing funding will receive project management and deployment support throughout the duration of their trial.  All trials/pilots must have started by November 2020 and have finished by November 2021.

 

Tier 3 - Partnership and Roadshow

Participants who progress through to Tier 3 support have demonstrated successful outcomes in their trials and are ready for further piloting elsewhere in the UK or commercial scale up.  A roadshow to meet prospective Local Government clients will be delivered alongside Amey.

 

Funding within SIMULATE

Each SME is eligible to bid for up to £100k from the SIMULATE programme. Here’s how it works:

  1. In the initial submission form SMEs are required to submit as detailed cost profile as possible for trialling within SIMULATE. We understand that certain details may not be available to price a trial until further site investigation has taken place, or the solution requires some further support from the project team to generate a viable pilot design, however we are keen to understand the scope and ‘ball-park’ of the pilot at a minimum.
  2. The SIMULATE panel selects successful candidates to enter the programme. Candidates may be offered all or ‘some’ of their initial funding bid – this will be made explicit in an ‘offer’ sent to successful candidates.
  3. To secure the funding they have been allocated, SMEs who have entered the programme will submit a final detailed cost profile for a pilot within SIMULATE. This must be done within the first two months of the programme.  We understand that some SMEs may already feel they have reached this point and if so, then fantastic, however the project team will be supporting less developed ideas in costing and designing detailed proposals if required.

 

What do the tiers mean in terms of funding?

Each tier recognises a stage of development and support with SIMULATE. All successful candidates given an ‘offer’ can take advantage of the 6-month incubation and support programme within SIMULATE.  Submission and acceptance of the final detailed pilot design within the first two months signifies the move towards tier 2.  Tier 3 does not currently affect funding within the programme.

 

Things to note:

  • SMEs who are successful in receiving an offer into the programme are not guaranteed funding, this is dependant of their ability to submit the final detailed pilot design.
  • However, the SIMULATE programme wants you to succeed, so for those that need it, you will receive support in developing this pilot – all SMEs will be able to receive the amount offered to them at the beginning of the programme.
  • SIMULATE will prioritise submissions which demonstrate a high ‘return’ for the funding provided, so showing a level of ‘match’ is preferable.
  • Funding is delivered through completion milestones and evaluation of SMART objectives.

What we are looking for

The SIMULATE programme is targeted at SMEs operating around the TRL-5 (Technology Readiness Level) mark.  We are on the look-out for technology that has been tested in controlled environments, but now requires further development within a live environment.  This being said for truly innovative solutions the TRL can be flexible.

The opportunity within SIMULATE is about more than just funding, we are looking for SMEs that can demonstrate that the programme can make a genuine difference to them.

As part of the selection process we will be evaluating SMEs on a number of factors; primarily, each SME will be evaluated on their ability to respond to the challenges within each document, referencing the material within each document in their submission. SMEs will also be judged on their ability to demonstrate the impact that the SIMULATE funding and support can have on their business.

SMEs will also be evaluated on the following factors:

  • Technological feasibility
  • Business case & customer awareness
  • Scalability of solution
  • Impact of funding and match
  • Innovative nature of solution

The SIMULATE programme is open to SMEs from all over the world operating in Air Quality and Intelligent Mobility.

FAQs

Mobility trials are recommended to, but not required to trial around the Keele University area.  Air Quality trials will take place in one of three Air Quality Management Areas (AQMAs) outlined in the Air Quality Challenge document

The ADEPT SMART Places Live Labs programme is a two-year £22.9million project funded by the Department for Transport. 

Staffordshire County Council alongside their partners Amey were awarded £1.975 Million to deliver the SIMULATE Programme.  The funding decisions within the programme are made by Staffordshire and Amey

The project will last for a period of 18 months.

All levels of support for the programme can be found in the 'Programme Info' document

Each SME is eligible to bid for up to £100k from the SIMULATE programme. Here’s how it works:

  1. In the initial submission form SMEs are required to submit as detailed cost profile as possible for trialling within SIMULATE. We understand that certain details may not be available to price a trial until further site investigation or has taken place, or the solution requires some further support from the project team to generate a viable pilot design, however we are keen to understand the scope and ‘ball-park’ of the pilot at a minimum.
  2. The SIMULATE panel selects successful candidates to enter the programme. Candidates may be offered all or ‘some’ of their initial funding bid – this will be made explicit in an ‘offer’ sent to successful candidates.
  3. To secure the funding they have been allocated, SMEs who have entered the programme will submit a final detailed cost profile for a pilot within SIMULATE. This must be done within the first two months of the programme.  We understand that some SMEs may already feel they have reached this point and if so, then fantastic, however the project team will be supporting less developed ideas in costing and designing detailed proposals if required.

 

What do the tiers men in terms of funding?

Each tier recognises a stage of development and support with SIMULATE. All successful candidates given an ‘offer’ can take advantage of the 6-month incubation and support programme within SIMULATE.  Submission and acceptance of the final detailed pilot design within the first two months signifies the move towards tier 2.  Tier 3 does not currently affect funding within the programme.

 

Things to note:

  • SMEs who are successful in receiving an offer into the programme are not guaranteed funding, this is dependant of their ability to submit the final detailed pilot design.
  • However, the SIMULATE programme wants you to succeed, so for those that need it, you will receive support in developing this pilot – all SMEs will be able to receive the amount offered to them at the beginning of the programme.
  • SIMULATE will prioritise submissions which demonstrate a high ‘return’ for the funding provided, so showing a level of ‘match’ is essential.
  • Funding is delivered through completion milestones and evaluation of SMART objectives.

The short answer is yes, absolutely. 

The vision for the programme is to develop a holistic and dynamic supply chain that can deliver solutions in a variety of ways and locations. Therefore, SIMULATE is a programme open to providers who operate across the value chain, both in terms of scale and variety

The networking event will give SME's an opportunity to learn more about the challenges and meet members of the project team and the wider network.

This will include ADEPT members, DfT representatives as well as Staffordshire County Council and other local authorities. There will also be senior members from Amey present at the event. 

5pm on 17th of April

Proposals should be submitted using the proposals template and emailed to info@simulate-adeptlivelabs.co.uk and jake.harrison@amey.co.uk 

The default position for all entrants is that all background IP is unaffected by the programme and any foreground IP will sit with the company in question. Any changes to this arrangements would be made explicit before or during the programme.

While IP will not be affected, the binding ethos of the Live-Lab programme is about collaborative discovery and knowledge share; therefore SMEs within the programme will be expected to engage in active sharing of their journey and pilot projects.

Smart Infrastructure & Mobility Urban Laboratory and Test Environment

Yes absolutely! SIMULATE is open to SMEs from all over the world

Contact Us

Programme Manager 

Email: jake.harrison@amey.co.uk

 

Timeline

February 4th 2020

Mobility and Air Quality challenges are published as part of the SIMULATE Live Lab, applications open

March 3rd 2020

SIMULATE networking and drinks evening at Connected Places Catapult in London

27th March 2020

Submission deadline for proposals to Air Quality and Mobility challenges

Early April 2020

Proposals reviewed and shortlisted

Mid April 2020

High scoring proposals are invited to present at a ‘Dragons Den’

End of April 2020

Successful proposal owners informed

May 2020

Contracts signed

Early June 2020

Welcome Week

November 2020

Demo Day