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Applying a light touch for transport innovations - Transport Technology Research Innovations Grant webinar

KTN hosted two webinars last week (6 & 7 January 2015) at the Department for Transport, to introduce the new pilot T-TRIG competition designed to stimulate tech-based research in transport - with a premium placed on innovation.

The fifty plus 'virtually' in attendance were able to interact with the Department’s Manny Chung (Senior External Engagement Advisor) and Neil Ebenezer (Head of Science and Research) - and have first chance to hone their ideas to suit DfT’s requirements for the first round of Transport Technology Research Innovations Grants.

Craig Cook (Webinar Facilitator, KTN) was the master of ceremonies both webinars - the first of which he recorded (see below) for those who couldn't make it.

The 30 minutes of your time to review this webinar (by clicking the start arrow for the video that should load below) should be well worth it for optimising your application.



Transport Technology Research Innovations Grant (T-TRIG) to fully fund £25,000 innovative ideas and concepts

Manny Chung presented the background to the competition, it's purpose, how it will be assessed and process for applying for grant funding - that is planned to be offered to between 4 and 6 proposals, with each to be award up to £25,000 for innovative ideas and concepts.

The Q&As, fielded by Neil Ebenezer, covered technology readiness levels, IPR, mentoring, publicity and State Aid rules - the latter likely to be unique for each applicant, depending on other aid received.


T-TRIG an investment in technology

As covered in the webinar, DfT’s focus is on science, engineering and technology. Its aim is to stimulate tech-based research that could potentially fit DfT's needs.

The seed funding is to help early-stage innovations reach the next stage of development.

It therefore expects proposals to involve the development of products, processes, services or prototypes.

T-TRIG is also not restricted to any one mode; cross-modal proposals are of interest.

Proposals could also have wider benefits such as developing the evidence base for policies.


A pilot for regularly open competition

Depending on the success of the pilot competition, T-TRIG could be rolled out again next year, and could operate on open-call basis twice a year.


Indicative projects and areas of interest

Provided as examples of projects that it could consider, Manny Chung described a couple of indicative projects: one, an outline of a maritime/sea-use mapping tool to visualise maritime information and situational awareness, similar to Google Earth. Another, a Maritime Co-op - a hub for sharing knowledge across maritime projects.

An indicative area of interest included ‘Door to door travel’ - examining how technology or engineering science be used for seamless door-to-door travel.

These examples were stated as “not definitive, just indicative of where DfT has an interest”.


Simple application process

The process of applying is designed to be as simple as possible.

KTN hosts all relevant application documentation and applying merely requires completing an application form and pricing table, both to be submitted as pdf.

The deadline for submission is midnight on 26 January, i.e. no later than 23:59 on 26 January 2015.

The Department looks forward to receiving smart ideas with potential to develop transport systems.


T-TRIG competition page.






11 people have had something to say so far

Hi Tim,
When will we know the details of all the smart ideas with potential to develop transport systems?
Posted on 14/01/15 19:16.
As covered in the Webinar - the names of the winning companies and the titles of their projects will be publicised after the awarding of grants.
To encourage participation in such competitions we always seek to publicise the fruits of previous related publicly funded research, while satisfying due commercial/intellectual property considerations.
Posted on 15/01/15 13:08.
Hi Tim,
Indeed they are all under "publications" on the www,gov.uk website

There's a list of 48 innovateUK publications and the first on the list at the moment is " Technology-inspired feasibility studies 2014 – winning projects"

This 85 page document has lots of detail of companies pushing hard to get good ideas up and running. These are listed under the heading of:
1. Biosciences with 18 companies
2. Electronics, sensors and photonics with 20 companies
3 Information and comunication technology with 20 companies.
4. Advanced materials with 21 companies.

For me as an engineer and inventor interested in applications which I may be aware of and can suggest, from my long life in heavy engineering and process control, it is really useful. It gives the background and outline of the work being done, the founders and managers, phone, e-mail and postal addresses.

I see this as a wonderful opportunity for the wider science and engineering community to join together in different disciplines to seek applications and uses for the technology being developed by these companies. This knowledge sharing across disciplines can only be done via organisations such as the technology strategy board and only by publicising what is available can other innovators examine what could be useful in their particular field.
Posted on 20/01/15 13:01.
I should add that it's not easy as I'm saying.
The whole site ww.gov.uk is like the BBC, it's huge with a massive content and the Technology Strategy Board aka Innovate-UK (the government's best kept secret...according to Ian Gray) is carefully hidden amongst the massive content.
A click on " publications" link brings up 70,792 publications and the average member of the public would not know how to filter out the TSB, Dept of BIS, or Innovate-UK.
Under "department" enter " innovate UK" from the drop down list and you get the 48 publications I mention above and the first one is the 85 pages of successful competitors.
Posted on 20/01/15 18:05.
Thanks Tony, I'm curious myself to take a look to see if there's useful info therein for the transport community.
Three things though:
1. Would you presume a librarian or data information scientist is likely a leading decision maker in how these documents are published online?
2. Large organisations will likely a rule bound CMS system that you'd hope would top notch but impose inflexibilities people tend to try to work around or logic imperfectly aligned with 1. above. So far as I've seen gov.uk seems top-notch.
3. Most people no longer navigate around sites, precisely for the reasons you describe, and these days find content by recommendation (eg by an article by me, or Tweet) or by Google search.

That's without digging myself... Which is now a task.
Posted on 20/01/15 18:27.
The latest document in that list is a spreadsheet that contains, it appears, complete transparency of all companies that received Innovate UK funding from 2004 to January 2015.
This should prove useful to me as reference material, where the https://interact.innovateuk.org/projects is not complete...
Posted on 21/01/15 13:15 in reply to Tim Watt.
Hi Tim,
1. The buck stops at the top. I've been posting and blogging on this for many years, and as a senior design engineer I accepted responsibility for the work of my engineers...it was my name on approved drawings that go for construction. Similarly if this data is presented in a certain way I expect that the top managers and Ian Gray are aware of how the projects are being perceived by observers like myself. I used to give David Bott a hard time on the same subject, which after all is accountability, if that is what you are paid for. So to answer your question, the librarian or data scientist is no more than a personal assistant who does the work but overseen by a more knowledgeable person with experience and ability.

2. Goodness knows how gov.uk manages it's data but those at the top need to have a positive and constructive and transparent attitude to the content so that people like me can see what they are doing and comment. I try to be helpful and offer access to the vast knowledge I have gathered with years in heavy industry but of course when someone has something to hide then they don't always like my comments.

3. In fact I'm the only one in a population of 60 million that regularly navigates around the InnovateUK site. The list of 48 companies "technology inspired feasibility studies 2014- winning projects" wasn't found on the Innovate site but directly on the gov.uk site. There is more data on you tube or facebook or linkedin or the BBC but it is organised in such a way that we can go pretty directly to whatever we are looking for. This cannot be said for the Innovate UK site with its rambling navigation and blocked links. Like I've only put this comment here from a new window, the link from my e-mail doesn't work even though I'm signed in
I will review those companies to see if I can connect them with any information in any of the fields I am knowledgeable in and I have established some good relations with companies in the past. Generally I get comments like "yes sounds interesting we would love to do some feasibility but we're stretched in money and manpower at the moment."
The idea of connecting across disciplines is a way forward and widely recognised at the TSB. But who can do it? Only people like me who have been there and seen the practical applications. I have a great one in oil & gas at the moment and a couple of academics have been trying for nearly four years to get funding but so far no success. It joins my knowledge and experience with their academic knowledge and experience and if it ever works .......it's worth billions to the major oil companies.
Posted on 21/01/15 19:19.
Hi again Tim,

Your final point.....that spreadsheet really is the best kept secret at the TSB!
I got one a few years ago from another observer who got it from a freedom of information request. I couldn't believe that firms had got money to research apples, only to announce that in fact apples are good for us or researching anearobic digesters which have been around for 50 years.
The "demonstration" projects are generally a waste of money because the principle being demonstrated is quite well known, often commercially available.
You will notice also that the spreadsheet doesn't say what happened when all the money was spent, even back to 2004 projects that are closed .

What does the column saying " Awaiting public summary" or "No Abstract available" or "The public description for this project has been requested but has not yet been received". Looks like a lot of people have taken the cash, failed, disappeared and don't want to describe what they did with it.

Very frustrating for an inventor like myself who cannot get an engineering priciple for oilwell blowouts tested for feasibility, or any of a further 100 ideas and innovations based on 50 years of practical engineering solutions as part of my job, which may or may not work.

If I can recognise a link to something in the transport industry I will certainly high it. I have had one try with Jim Lupton and an academic from Hudersfield Uni but nothing happened.
Posted on 21/01/15 19:29.
Dear Tim
Your call had a tight deadline and an even tighter timetable for negotiations, awards, deliverables etc.
When are we likely to find out if we were successful and will you also inform the unsuccessful applications?
Thank you
Posted on 06/02/15 08:59.
Hi Seraphim.
You will need to contact DfT directly for that information I'm afraid.
Yes, you're right. A very tight timetable, and there is promised a fast turnaround (as well as expected delivery of projects).
We will publish what we can of the outcome at the earliest opportunity.
Best regards, Tim
Posted on 06/02/15 16:52 in reply to Seraphim Alvanides.
Hi Tim,

It's April 2015, what's happening. I have got lost in the new gov.uk site, I can't find anything any more. I did have a link where you gave the webinar details but I've lost it in the maze which is now presented as the Innovate UK site. In fact the link took me to the same page again, with no video or webinar details.

I see this as a deliberate attempt to hide amongst the complexity and aim the awards in certain directions. Surely the lack of interest tells those in charge something about the overall scene for innovators.....I see it as aimed at keeping them out rather than stimulating innovation.

If you have a moment can you direct me to the old _connect pages.
Posted on 27/04/15 18:02.

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