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Department for Transport seeking novel ideas to improve the UK transport system through three new T-TRIG calls

In webinars presented on Wednesday and Thursday of this week by Department for Transport (DfT), and hosted by KTN, promoting the latest Transport Technology Research Innovations Grant (T-TRIG) calls, its officials emphasised that the focus for the Open and targeted Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) calls will be capturing innovative ideas that could lead to an improved transport system.

These webinars, including the additional targeted Future Aviation Security Solutions (FASS) call, attracted a combined total over 200 registrants, for three separate opportunities for 100% grant funding of early-stage science, engineering or technology innovations that show potential to DfT for advancing the UK’s transport system.

These calls are now open for applications - available via our July 2016 T-TRIG competition page. Completed forms are to be sent to T-TRIG@dft.gsi.gov.uk by midnight 22 August 2016. In the webinar, DfT recommended careful study of the accompanying call documentation and general guidance.

A recording of the first webinar for the Open Call and ITS call viewable below provides strong pointers for ensuring a strong application.


Applicants should focus on innovative ideas and concepts

This webinar outlined the purpose and background to the competitions and provided guidance on important aspects of the application process and the timescales involved.  

For both calls, 100% funding is offered for development of new innovative ideas and concepts, with around four projects expected to receive up to £25,000 in the Open Call and up to £50,000 in the ITS call, with an optional 30% early payment to ease any cashflow issues and so help smaller businesses focus on completing high quality projects.

The focus of the calls is on science, engineering and technology-based innovations, so DfT is interested in innovative solutions in terms of products, processes, services and prototypes - and cross-modal solutions - that could lead to an improved transport system.

The grant scheme has previously provided support to companies of all sizes, and according to one recipient, led to ‘research that would have either been delayed or not happened without this vital DfT funding’.

The ultimate objective for DfT is benefits in line with its priorities, which are: boosting economic growth and opportunity; building a One Nation Britain; improving journeys and a safe, secure and sustainable transport system.

The Department reiterated the importance of innovative ideas and high quality of applications, and underlined the purpose of T-TRIG is not to demonstrate a complete solution, but to provide a proof of concept or a feasibility study on how an idea can be taken forward to benefit the transport system.


Targeted ITS call

The targeted ITS call is intended to fund up to six projects with winners awarded up to £50,000 for applications that show good innovation and potential within the ITS sector.

DfT is looking for proof of concepts or feasibility studies that contribute to:

  • improving urban mobility
  • helping congestion management
  • supporting development of connected vehicles and connected infrastructure
  • utilising ITS to reduce vehicle emissions
  • development of interfaces between different road networks and inter-urban interfaces
  • and provides assistance or priority to vulnerable road users.

DfT is particularly interested in supporting ITS technology to deliver better and more informed sustainable journeys. The department wants to improve travel information, traffic and demand management for drivers of all types of vehicles, and to enhance innovative solutions and vehicle systems.


Webinar recording

The recording of the first Open and ITS call webinar can be viewed below.

DfT Transport Technology Research Innovations Grant Open and ITS calls July 2016 from Knowledge Transfer Network on Vimeo.


A recording of the separately held webinar for the FASS call will be shared among attendees.

The deadline for applications for all three competitions is midnight on 22 August.

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