SBRI – Digital transformation of Hanoi Metro Line 5, Vietnam Organisations can apply for a share of £300,000, inclusive of VAT, to deliver feasibility studies to support digital innovation for the Hanoi Metro System in Vietnam. Eligibility To lead a project, you must: be an organisation of any size work alone or with other organisations as subcontractors Contracts will be awarded to a single legal entity only. You will work with Crossrail International to deliver a feasibility study to support the digital transformation of Hanoi Metro Line 5. Open now Opened: 13 September 2021 Closes: 13 October 2021

Programme: Innovate Uk


Opens: 13 September 2021

Closes: 13 October 2021


This is a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition funded by Innovate UK and jointly delivered by Innovate UK and Crossrail International with support from the Department of International Trade in Vietnam.

The aim of the competition is to support organisations to undertake feasibility studies, that demonstrate how innovation can support Hanoi Metropolitan Railway Management Board (MRB) with their digital transformation.

This is a single phase competition. Successful delivery of a project is intended to demonstrate innovation for the digital management of Line 5 for Hanoi Metro. It may provide opportunities for further support to establish the innovation into the client’s business.

Any adoption and implementation of a solution from this competition would be the subject of a separate, procurement exercise with MRB and does not guarantee future work.

This competition does not cover the purchase of any solution.

In applying to this competition, you are entering into a competitive process.

This competition closes at 11am UK time on the date of the deadline.

Funding type


Project size

Projects must have maximum total eligible costs of £75,000, inclusive of VAT.

Who can apply

Your project

Projects are expected to start on 1 January 2022, end by 31 March 2022 and can last up to 3 months. Projects must have maximum total eligible costs of £75,000, inclusive of VAT.


To lead a project, you can be an organisation of any size.

Contracts will be awarded only to a single legal entity. However, if you can justify subcontracting components of the work, you can employ specialist consultants or advisers. This work will still be the responsibility of the main contractor.

Number of applications

You can submit multiple applications but must submit a separate application for each specific theme.

Eligibility overview

Here is a diagram showing a summary of eligibility.

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Eligibility tree SBRI– Digital transformation of Hanoi Metro Line 5, Vietnam.pdf (opens in a new window)


A total of up to £300,000, inclusive of VAT, is allocated to this competition.

Contracts will be up to £75,000, inclusive of VAT, for each project for up to 3months. We expect to fund up to 4 projects.

The total funding available for the competition can change. The funders have the right to adopt a ‘portfolio’ approach' across the competition themes, and technologies.

Research and development

Your application must have at least 50% of the contract value attributed directly and exclusively to R&D services, including solution exploration and design.

R&D does not include:

  • commercial development activities, such as quantity production
  • supply to establish commercial viability or to recover R&D costs
  • integration, customisation or incremental adaptations and improvements to existing products or processes
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