Rail Research & Innovation Centre

D2N2 is proud to have invested £902,600 of Local Growth Funding into the construction of the Rail Research & Innovation Centre and the University of Derby.

The £1.4 million project is designed to help transform the rail industry by working closely with industry partners, helping them become more innovative and productive.

The funding has enabled the University of Derby to purchase three technology demonstrators showcasing current working practices in Advanced Rail Composite Design & Manufacture, Rail Data Analytics & Artificial Intelligence, and Future Rail Propulsion.

It is hoped that the RRIC will upskill upwards of 80 rail sector employees, while also supporting around 80 supply chain businesses, 15 new collaborative research projects, and shepherding 20 companies through innovation funding applications by 2022. 

The Rail Research & Innovation Centre was opened in June 2019.

Project Specifics:

  • Project Name: Rail Research & Innovation Centre
  • Location: Derby
  • Project Lead: University of Derby
  • Total Project Cost: £1.4 million
  • Total LGF Allocation: £902,600
  • Approval Date: July 2018
  • Project Start Date: July 2018
  • Project Completion Date: June 2019

Latest News:

University Opens Doors to its D2N2-Backed Rail Research & Innovation Centre