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Department for Transport launches second round of its T-TRIG open funding call for 2015 to move innovative transport technologies forward

The Department for Transport (DfT) has today (19 October) released documentation and application form for its open-call competition to support early stage research projects which could lead to the development of successful new transport products, processes or services.

The Transport Technology Research Innovations Grant (T-TRIG) is a scheme that enables the Department to fully-fund research projects that bring closer to realisation innovative ideas and concepts that could bring about a better transport system.

The maximum grant is £25,000 per project.

To receive the first opportunity to learn how to effectively propose and present innovative ideas for transport research projects we strongly recommend signing up for and attending at least one of our T-TRIG webinars:


Open to all transport challenges in line with DfT’s priorities

This competition is open to all transport challenges, although DFT suggests that proposals should align with the Department’s priorities, which are:

  • continuing to develop and lead the preparations for a high speed rail network

  • improving the existing rail network and creating new capacity to improve services for passengers

  • tackling congestion on our roads

  • continuing to improve road safety

  • encouraging sustainable local travel

  • promoting lower carbon transport, such as walking and cycling as well as introducing more environmentally-friendly buses and trains

  • supporting the development of the market for electric and other ultra-low emission vehicles

  • supporting the development of aviation, improving passenger experience at airports

  • maintaining high standards of safety and security for passengers and freight.


To stimulate ideas in transport technology and systems, and encourage innovation

The scheme will fund research into a range of novel and innovative solutions that use science, engineering and technology to advance the UK’s transport system. The purpose of T-TRIG is to stimulate ideas in transport technology and systems, encourage innovations, and support the advance of technology-based transport products, processes and services. Funded projects may also have wider benefits for the Department, such as developing the evidence base for policies or informing decision-making.

The competition is designed to support the development of an initial prototype, a proof of concept or a feasibility study that demonstrates an innovative solution to transport challenges. In terms of Technology Readiness Levels (TRL), this funding route will indicatively support projects between 2 and 4 on the TRL scale. Funding at this early stage enables researchers to carry out basic exploratory studies which could lead to pioneering ideas being developed into new products, processes, models or services for transport applications.

T-TRIG is open to micro, small and medium-sized businesses, academia and other organisations.

The DfT’s Science and Research Division is responsible for funding this competition.


Three week window of opportunity

The deadline for the Grant Application Form is midnight on 9 November 2015.

Completed grant application forms should be send in both pdf and MS Word formats to: dft-t-trig@ts.catapult.org.uk.



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