West Midlands 5G (WM5G) Round 2, in partnership with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) and in collaboration with Innovate UK, will invest up to £2.5 million in innovation projects that develop a new service or product. These must improve road and rail operational efficiency, provide better-connected transport or improve the experience for travellers.

The next briefing events to help potential applicants will be held on 9th and 15th September online. Both briefings will be the same, so please attend the session of your choice.


  • Welcome and introduction to WM5G
  • Scope and background to the competition call
  • Application process
  • Q&A

Additional information on the 5G – enabled road and rail transport trials in the West Midlands competition call:

Project applications must focus on one of the use cases listed in the specific themes below and be suitable for trial in the West Midlands using the live 5G environment. They must demonstrate how 5G is essential to developing your new service or product and offers a significant enhancement compared to current mobile communications.

  1. Movement of things – Freight and logistics
  2. Movement of people – Public transport recovery and traveller confidence post COVID
  3. Road operation and management – improving congestion and emissions

These projects must improve road and rail operational efficiency, provide better-connected transport, more cohesive travel solutions and transport information, or improve traveller experience.

Please note:

Projects can be up to 12 months long and have a maximum grant funding of £500,000. The grant must be no more than 50% of the total eligible project costs.

Register to attend the session of your choice here.