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Department for Transport pulls the T-TRIG on new scheme offering 100% funding to support technology-based solutions for transport challenges

19 December 2014 - The Department for Transport (DfT), supported by Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), is piloting a competition that will grant fund novel research of innovative solutions to its key challenges, named the Transport-Technology Research Innovations Grant (T-TRIG). Applications will be accepted from today, with a deadline of midnight on 26 January 2015.

T-TRIGaims to fully-fund short, sharp, potentially ambitious projects that use science, engineering and technology to help facilitate a more efficient transport system in the UK. This new competition is open to all transport challenges, although applicants may wish to align their proposals with the Department’s priorities and policies. Funded projects may also have wider benefits for the Department, such as developing the evidence base for policies or informing decision-making.

To assist potential applicants, KTN will be hosting two briefing webinars, on 6 January 2015 (10:45 to 11:45am) and 7 January 2015 (2:45 to 3:45pm), at which interested parties will have the chance to directly ask the DfT questions about the new competition.

Potential applicants are requested to register (by following the links above), and refer to the accompanying documents linked below for full details. The DfT may also be able to answer further questions via email.


Funding of up to £25,000 for projects with potential to lead to successful new transport products, processes or services

Businesses, academia and other organisations with innovative ideas and concepts that could help enable more efficient transport systems are encouraged to apply for the Transport-Technology Research Innovations Grant (T-TRIG), newly set up by DfT to support research projects with potential to lead to successful new transport products, processes or services.

Up to £25,000 per project (100% funded) will be awarded for between 6 and 8 of the leading proposals selected after a competitive process, open in scope to address all types of transport challenges.

Support is to be offered for novel science, engineering and technological research into innovative solutions for improving the UK transport system.

Projects may also offer wider benefits, such as developing the evidence base in support of policies, or for enabling more informed decision making processes.

It is envisaged that the T-TRIG scheme will in future likely operate on an ‘open-call’ basis to be assessed twice per financial year.


DfT’s Priorities for Transport

The Department for Transport (DfT) works with its agencies and partners to support the transport network, that helps the UK’s businesses and gets people and goods travelling around the country. It plans and invests in transport infrastructure to keep the UK on the move.

The Department for Transport's priorities 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.


Pilot for a potentially regular T-TRIG

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

Initially a pilot, DfT are looking to open the competition once in the current financial year, and up to twice a year subsequently depending on resources, number and quality of applications received.


Application process and briefing webinars

KTN will be hosting two briefing webinars to allow interested parties to ask questions:

Competition timeline:

  • Opening Date: 19 December 2014;
  • Entry Deadline: midnight 26 January 2015;
  • Winners notified: mid February 2015.

Accompanying documents

Please send your completed Grant Application Form and Pricing Table to research.grants@dft.gsi.gov.uk by midnight 26 January 2015. If you have any questions, please direct them to the same email address.



11 people have had something to say so far

BMW spend £3 billion a year on research and development.
Nissan spend £3 billion a year on research and development.
Volkswagen tops the list of R&D spending at around £8 billion ($12 billion)
Add Bombardier, Toyota and lots of others in the transport sector.....

So what was that about grants of up to £25,000? Is this a joke?
If a firm had a new ultra efficient engine what could they do with £25,000
Posted on 21/12/14 19:19.
Thanks for your comment Tony,
Presumably your thesis is that unless you have billions to spend it's not even worth trying to investigate solutions.
This funding is for the rest that want to start to make a difference with their ideas.
Posted on 02/01/15 12:03 in reply to Tony Smee.
Is it possible to get recordings of either of the webinars? Real life intruded most awkwardly and I was unable to view them.

Personally I think you can do a lot with £25K.
Posted on 09/01/15 09:04.
Yes, coming soon......
Posted on 09/01/15 09:20 in reply to Matt Johnston.
Hi Tim & Matt,

Perhaps I'm coming from the wrong side. I have been in business successfully both in the UK and in Malaysia. I have organised export, shipping and letters of credit and generally have quite a good business mind.

I retired in 2004 after 50 years as an electrical engineer mainly in oil and gas, both offshore and on shore, in the middle east and far east, with some three years on robotics at a platform fabrication yard here in Scotland. Based in France I visited Germany, Sweden and the United States as part of my work and I always took a keen interest in what was going on.

Since the war I have watched governments trying to boost UK manufacturing and engineering skills, starting with Clement Atlee and his National Research Development Corporation in 1946. I followed Harold Wilson and others with the National Enterprise Board which has resulted in the Technology Strategy Board since 2007.

During all that time none of it worked, no major innovations or manufacturing breakthroughs occurred, we didn't produce the skills and engineers that were needed. I had a great education and training to become an electrical engineer, I have ONC, HNC and a degree from Liverpool University but in the 1970s there was no work and I went to France.

Manufacturing has now dropped to only 10% of the UK GDP and most of that is car production by foreign companies who use our skilled workforce to make quality cars.

So I don't comment lightly on these subjects, I have a wealth of practical knowledge, experience and skills which eneables me to check and recalculate some of the claims and hype used by ministers and government departments.

Where do we as a nation go from here is the big question.
Posted on 09/01/15 19:38.
Hi All,
"Presumably your thesis is that unless you have billions to spend it's not even worth trying to investigate solutions.
This funding is for the rest that want to start to make a difference with their ideas."

If only life was that simple.
I am a member of many inventors and engineering forums and very keen to see the UK back as a world leader in manufacturing and engineering. I lived through some years when we were known as the workshop of the world. I have met with hundreds of managers, VCs & financiers, other inventors and innovators and followed dozens of government initiatives, regional development and business enterprise schemes over many years.
My heroes are people like I.K. Brunel, Thomas Edison, Charles Parsons, Frank Whittle, right up to James Dyson. It is interesting to read the stories of the founders of the giant industries which dominated the UK when I was young. William Morris started making cars in 1912, William Lyons founded Jaguar cars, the list is endless. And from this lessons can be learned, familiar patterns repeat themseves, it is possible to see how new ideas are found and developed, where successful inventions come from.
Posted on 10/01/15 19:08.
during the webinars it was mentioned that you would upload FAQs.
Please let us know where the recordings and FAQs are to be uploaded.
Thank you,
Posted on 12/01/15 09:15 in reply to Tim Watt.
Now up!

Please see:


Posted on 13/01/15 17:12 in reply to Seraphim Alvanides.
Have the winners been announced?

Posted on 27/04/15 10:39.
The winners are Iain Gray and the top executives who have collected around £200,000 a year each for the last seven years and produced nothing worthy of note. Dr. Alyson Reed did particularly well with £260,000 a year and then £90,000 in lieu of notice when she left in March 2013,

Also ran is the "governing board" who meet six times a year and then have a dip in the till with people like Lord Kirstenbaum ex of Nesta, who only turned up for 4 of the 6 meetings.

All in the annual repart for 2012-13 the latest I can find.
Posted on 27/04/15 18:39.
The winners are seed-stage technology companies working on transport technologies at the TRL 1-3 level, that otherwise have no source of Research funding in the UK. £25,000 is not enough to build a new hardware technology, but it is enough to do some good research and provide some dearly needed funding for tech startup companies. Bravo to the people who put this together. Watering your Seeds instead of Eating them : ) Very Smart!
Posted on 30/07/15 07:47.

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