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Contact us if you can help with our key themes and challenges and get involved in any targeted research and innovation competitions

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Our competitions

Details of our current competitions, and some of the competitions we have held in the past


We run targeted research and innovation competitions to help us solve some of our challenges. Through our competitions, we unlock the knowledge to transform our road network in the future.

We'll publish details of current competitions on this page. If you think you have a potential solution, we welcome your application.

Our current competitions

Details of any new competition opportunities will be posted here once live.

Recent competitions

Graffiti competition

This opportunity closed on 27 June 2021 – we'll post further updates here. For information, please see our news article on the graffiti removal phase of the competition, and follow-up article with details of the competition winners.

We are seeking to advance promising new products and services that potentially remove and prevent the use of graffiti on our strategic road network.

Delivered by the Connected Places Catapult and Kier, the programme will award £30k funding to no more than six organisations to design a trial of their technology on a road network testbed.

The programme opened for applications on Monday 10 May and the deadline for submitting applications is Thursday 10 June at midnight.

There will be a webinar with more information about the opportunity on Friday 21 May.

Full details of the competition and how to enter can be found on the Connected Places Catapult website.

Some of our previous competitions

Transforming road markings
testing road markings;
Developing digital roads and improving air quality
road at dusk;
CCTV analytics - Vivacity
tunnel incident detection;