The Department of Transport (DfT) has told us that, next Monday, it will open for entries the first regular round of application periods for its Transport Technology Innovation Grants (T-TRIG) competition, offering fully-funded grants of up to £25,000 to help stimulate novel ideas in transport.
The competition documentation and application form will be made available in the next few days. Ahead of that we thought we should take this opportunity to alert interested or potential applicants to two briefing webinars we've organised, at which the DfT executives running the competition will outline details of T-TRIG June 2015, and field questions.
We recommend registration so you can find out the details and ask question to help to ensure your potential idea for funding is in line with what DfT are looking to fund, please see:
Grants to research potential transport products, processes or services
The June 2015 T-TRIG competition is DfT’s first in a cycle of open-calls, following a pilot in January 2015 that DfT told us led to eleven projects to be supported, in universities, start-ups and established firms, providing total funding of more than £250,000.
The June 2015 edition will offer up to four grants to small and medium-sized businesses, academia and other organisations to conduct research that could lead to the development of successful new transport products, processes or services.
Applications will be accepted between 29 June 2015 until a deadline of midnight (24:00) on 20 July 2015, with projects expected to start on 1 September.
For further details see the T-TRIG competition page, from where - at a time closer to the opening date - we will provide links to the competition documentation including the application form.
Choice of projects led by DfT’s Priorities for Transport
Pointers to the subject areas that T-TRIG may support can be gleamed from DfT's Priorities for Transport.
The Department for Transport (DfT) works with agencies and partners to support the transport network. It plans and invests in transport infrastructure to keep the UK on the move. Its priorities are listed as:
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 roads congestion;
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.
DfT has indicated that, guided by these priorities, T-TRIG will support for development of either a proof of concept, an initial prototype or a feasibility study that demonstrates an innovative solution to transport challenges.
Research could cover a wide-range of novel and innovative solutions that use science, engineering and technology to advance the UK’s transport system.
Funded projects may also have wider benefits for the Department, such as developing the evidence base for policies or informing decision-making.
The most suitable proposals will selected after a competitive process, open in scope to address all types of transport challenges.
T-TRIG ‘open-call’ competition to fund technological and innovative solutions to Transport challenges
Publication of summaries of the outcome reports of the projects supported by the pilot T-TRIG competition is expected in the near future.
The success of the pilot round has led DfT to decide to run two Transport Technology Innovation Grants (T-TRIG) funding competitions this year, the first opening this month.
As last time, KTN will host the competition documentation and promote the competition. We’ll also be working with Transport Systems Catapult, that will administer the application process and provide management oversight of the funded projects.
The grant and legal relationships will, however, remain between the DfT and the grant holder.
Opening Date: 29 June 2015;
Entry Deadline: midnight 20 July 2015;
Winners notified: mid August 2015;
Project start: 1 September 2015.