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Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education Rail Innovation Centre (UK)
BCRRE RIC (4750)

Robert Hopkin
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Overview

About us

The Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE) is the largest railway research and development organisation in Europe; please check the BCRRE website www.birmingham.ac.uk/railway as well as our LinkedIn and our twitter account for updates.

International Representation - the BCRRE supports and attends key industry events at home and abroad including the following: Railtex (UK), Infrarail (UK), SIFER (France), Ferroviaria (Italy), Innotrans (Germany), Trako (Poland), Middle East Rail (Dubai), Rail Solutions Asia (Malaysia), Rail Live! (Spain), Rail Live (UK) and AusRAIL/AusRail+ (Australia).  

Route-to-Market - through our 'Get into Rail' scheme, we offer support (including advice on the various Product Approvals & Acceptance processes) to companies new to the sector and those diversifying from other sectors into the rail sector.

Exporting & Internationalisation - the BCRRE is an accredited “Trade Challenge Partner” to the UK Department for International Trade (DIT) which enables us to stage trade missions abroad; additionally, we are also a member of the ERCI (European Railway Clusters Initiative) whose 16 member clusters represent more than 2,500 European railway suppliers and clients across 17 European nations.

Marketing and Communications - we have strong relationships with many of the mainstream rail, manufacturing and engineering publications – including: Modern RailwaysRail NewsIRJRailway GazetteLondon ReconnectionsEuropean Railway ReviewRail Technology NewsRail InfrastructureRail ProfessionalTransport for Britain, The Manufacturer.

Access to Research, Development and Innovation – our parent organisation is the University of Birmingham, a global 'Top 100' university.  The BCRRE is the largest railway research organisation in Europe and beyond and with over 180 researchers it has expertise across all aspects of the railway  we work closely with a number of other specialist rail research universities throughout the UK. The University of Birmingham is the driving force behind the United Kingdom Rail Research and Innovation Network (UKRRIN) providing access to the UK's rail research community. 

Specialist Activity to support industry includes: 'Get into Rail' and 'ISO 44001 Awareness' workshops.

Established - 01 January 2018
Staff in the management team - 6-10

Cluster composition

  • 148
    Cluster Members
  • 120
    SME's
  • 35
    Number of start-ups among SME's
  • 18
    Large Companies
  • 10
    Research Organisations, Universities, Technology Centers
Legal form of the cluster organisation
Other
Languages spoken
Chinese (Mandarin) English French Portuguese Spanish
Link to the team description on the cluster organisation website

Management team

Robert Hopkin, Head of International Collaboration BCRRE Rail Innovation Cluster
Robert Hopkin
ECCP Responsible Person
Alex Burrows
Alex Burrows
Internationalisation Responsible
Jenny Illingsworth
Jenny Illingsworth
Cluster Manager

Sectorial and industrial focus

Sectoral industries
Transportation and storage:H49 Land transport and transport via pipelines
Sectoral Industries (NACE 4 digit)
Land transport and transport via pipelines:H4910 Passenger rail transport, interurban - Land transport and transport via pipelines:H4920 Freight rail transport - Land transport and transport via pipelines:H4931 Urban and suburban passenger land transport
Cross-sectoral industries
Digital Industries
Industrial Alliances and Ecosystems
Technology fields
B\: Performing operations; transporting:Railways
S3 EU priority areas
Aeronautics & space:Aeronautics - Aeronautics & space:Aeronautics & environment - Aeronautics & space:Bio fuels & energy efficiency - Aeronautics & space:Safety & security - Aeronautics & space:Transport & logistics - Blue growth:Transport & logistics (incl. highways of the seas) - Digital transformation:Artificial intelligence, cognitive systems, augmented and virtual reality, visualisation, simulation, gamification & interaction technologies - Digital transformation:Broadband, spectrum and other communication networks (e.g. 5G) - Digital transformation:ICT trust, cyber security & network security - Digital transformation:Internet of Things (e.g. connected devices, sensors and actuators networks) - Digital transformation:Location based technologies (e.g. GPS, GIS, in-house localization) - Digital transformation:Robotics, autonomous and cyber physical systems (e.g. vehicles, embedded systems) - Digital transformation:Smart system integration - KETs:Advanced materials - Sustainable innovation:High-speed rail-road transportation systems - Sustainable innovation:Resource efficiency - Sustainable innovation:Smart green & integrated transport systems - Sustainable innovation:Sustainable energy & renewables

Services

Support services provided

Internationalisation Support (access to third countries markets)
Facilitation of external collaboration (beyond cluster) such as matchmaking
Support of Research, Development and Innovation
Other (please specify)

Support training services for cluster managers/policy makers

Facilitation of collaboration between members (eg. joint training programs)

Upskilling and reskilling expertise

Internationalisation

Support programmes

EU Programmes

European Programmes
H2020 CIP/COSME

Name & description

Project name

Project PERES

Cooperation activities

International cooperation

Targeted countries

United States
Canada
Brazil
United Arab Emirates
Saudi Arabia

Transnational cooperation

Targeted countries

France
Germany
Italy
Belgium
Serbia

Transnational support activites

Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs

International support activites

Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs

Further information

Supporfting each other at major international rail fairs - negotiating free space at rail fairs for ERCI brand exposure and marketing

Membership in cluster networks, meta clusters and national associations of clusters

Membership in Cluster Partnerships or initiatives

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