On Monday 12 October, The Department for Transport (DfT) is to open a call for proposals from consortia of academic or private sector researchers and local authorities with novel ideas for dealing with air quality challenges resulting from transportation.
With its DfT Local Transport Air Quality Challenge Innovation Grant DfT is to 100% grant fund, from a total fund of £250,000, around three to six ‘small interventions or pieces of work to tackle this big challenge’.
Applications will be accepted from Monday 12 October 2015, to midnight on Monday 2 November 2015. All work is to be completed and written up by 21 March 2016.
Addressing localised air quality issues more broadly
This is DfT’s second Air Quality call. Earlier this year, it funded four projects arising from its call dealing with short term NOx mitigation measures post tail pipe.
Information on those projects will be released here in the run-up to this new call - which will address localised air quality issues more broadly, including on-vehicle methods.
KTN will be hosting the documentation as available and assisting with promotion. Information concerning how to apply and any further necessary details will be provided on these pages.
In the meantime, interested parties will benefit from attending webinars we've organised to assist potential applicants, during which DfT will explain further and field questions that arise.
To sign up to be part of these webinars please register for either: Monday 12 October at 4pm or Friday 16 October at 2pm.
Grants for ‘credible, novel solutions to a local transport Air Quality challenge’
Grants will be offered to the best applicants proposing to conduct ‘a well specified piece of research that advances a credible, novel solution to a local transport AQ challenge, using on-vehicle or off-vehicle methods’.
Projects should involve some type of technological or process innovation. Proposals are expected to demonstrate that the approach is novel or innovative, either through a new approach not currently in widespread use or by applying a demonstrated approach from another field to a local transport AQ challenge.
Proposals should support local decision making and action, advancing credible, deployable methods of understanding and modifying what is happening in real roads and streets, such as:
Ways of characterising with greater spatial, temporal or source resolved detail the air pollutant emissions from the transport fleet or the effect of transport air pollution mitigation measures in real-time or near real-time;
Measurement systems to better characterise the NO2 fraction in vehicle exhaust, especially in real/near real-time;
Using smart traffic management systems to reduce air pollution emissions;
Other ways of modifying route choice, driving style, or engine management systems in response to air pollution concentrations and/or to reduce air pollution emissions;
Retro-fit systems to reduce both energy use and emissions, or dynamic engine optimisation for high mileage urban vehicles;
Novel approaches (e.g. in charge-point functionality, accessibility, or technologies) to using rapid EV-chargers to modify EV or ULEV uptake in or around air pollution hotspots, or for ULEVs to be targeted at pollution hotspots.
What it’s not about…
Note, proposals in the area of socio-economic research, communications research, market research or literature review projects will not be funded.
Collaborations with local authorities encouraged
Proposals are sought from consortia of University and other researchers, the private sector, and local or other authorities. Bidding consortia should, wherever possible, aim to include a partner who is a local or other authority involved in AQ management. DfT reserves the right to encourage collaborations where such a partner is not included in a bid.
Assessed on demonstrable impact
Proposals will be ranked on impact, they should credibly demonstrate the impact of the approach, how the AQ partner will be involved in the work, and could later deploy it if successful. Application forms will be short, requiring concise, carefully thought through and well written responses.
All work must be completed, written up and submitted by 21 March 2016. This deadline is non-negotiable. Final reports must be completed to a high standard, clearly and concisely stating the aims of the work, what was achieved, and – where the research was successful – the proposed next steps. DfT cannot commit to fund the further development of successful projects, though opportunities to liaise with Innovate UK and others will be facilitated.
Register for KTN webinars to learn more
Application forms and other relevant documentation, when available, will be hosted by Knowledge Transfer Network.
At this stage the most effective way to find out what you will need to know will be to register for either (or even both if you wish) of these upcoming webinars:
These online events offer the opportunity hear from, and ask questions directly to, the DfT officials managing the Local Transport Air Quality Challenge Innovation Grant.
DfT Local Transport Air Quality Challenge Innovation Grant