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Revealed - the twenty five recipients of DfT T-TRIG funding to date

For its Transport Technologies Innovations Grant (T-TRIG) scheme, the Department for Transport has so far funded 25 projects: including eleven early-stage transport innovation grants resulting from the 2014 pilot competition and a further fourteen arising from the June 2015 round of this rolling grant funding call.

For the pilot scheme, launched in December 2014, DfT said that the funded projects have led to "some technologies being patented, press releases on some projects as well as further funding discussions for several of the other projects".

Following the succesful pilot round, the first of the continuous rounds of T-TRIG grants opened in June 2015, resulting in 14 projects received a total of £343,000 of grant funding.

Both competitions received support from the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), helping launch these competitions, hosted webinars for the DfT and produced articles to promote the competitions.

Now the third T-TRIG competition is open for entries - we have the opportunity to announce some headline details of the projects that have so far been supported under the scheme.

Additional details are added where information has been made publicly available by the organisations concerned.


Transport-Technology Research Innovations Grant (T-TRIG) - December 2014 - Pilot Competition

The grant recipients were (grouped by subject):

Cycle safety

  • BikeBeacon – an advance warning system for bicycles on rural roads - by Bath-based Integrate Systems Engineering Ltd)

    • According to the company’s announcement dated 20 March 2015, BikeBeacon aims to improve safety for cyclists on rural roads by providing advance warning to drivers of cyclists ahead. The system is based on the use of the smartphone technologies to distribute live warning alerts to in-vehicle systems, and will build on Integrate's experience in the Intelligent Transport System sector and skills in algorithm design and the development of sensor-based systems.
  • Collideoscope: Crowd Sourcing a Realistic Picture of Cycle Safety in the UK (Integrated Transport Planning Ltd).

    • Collideoscope is web site for reporting incidents involving a cyclist: both near-misses in which an injury could have occurred or actual incidents in which a cyclists, motorist or bystander was hurt.
    • Collideoscope was built by mySociety and Integrated Transport Planning Ltd. It is based upon the FixMyStreet project.
    • Its aim is to build a map of cycling-related incidents and near-misses for the UK so that transport planners, health researchers and decision-makers can see for the first time where incidents are happening, how often they take place, and how serious they are. This evidence is designed to fills a gap to enable local Councils to make proactive changes to highway environments so as to prevent serious, and potentially fatal, cycling incidents from occurring in the future.
    • In March 2015, Integrated Transport Planning said the T-TRIG funding will allow it to develop new features to improve how incidents are reported to the website are shared with, and interpreted by, local authorities and police constabularies.

Rail innovations

  • Low-cost, self-healing railway sleepers for bridge ends and stiffness transition zones (Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education).
  • Train-Track Messaging System (TTMS) (Milne Research Ltd).
  • Super Capacitor Super Train (SCST) (Absolutely New Inventions Ltd)

Road transport and traffic management

  • Ultra-High Temperature Exhaust Gas Motor Simulation (Rotovane Limited).

    • Rotovane also received funding in Round 10 of Innovate UK’s Innovation Voucher scheme, to support development of Rotovane’s compressed air energy storage technologies for heavy transportation and distributed energy markets. The technology is claimed to offer superior efficiency, power density, energy density, cost and durability than battery, hydraulic, flywheel and existing compressed air hybrid and energy storage systems.
  • Optimisation of Energy & Emissions Reduction Audits & Consultancy (Route Monkey Limited)
    • Route Monkey offers products and services designed to optimise resources and assets, generate efficiencies and increase productivity via software tools and algorithms.

  • Telematics for traffic, ‘virtual sensors’ and pollution optimisation (The Floow Limited).

    • Sheffield-based telematics provider The Floow provides insight to insurers. It says its origin is rooted in scientific academic research, computer science, Big Data and statistical analysis, driver psychology and actuarial science. The University of Sheffield is a significant minority shareholder and a source of human capital.

Cross-modal proposals

  • Wayfindr: Wayfinding for the visually impaired across multiple transport modes (London Underground Ltd).
    • Wayfindr is an open standard for audio-based navigation, stemming from a collaboration between ustwo (a digital product studio) and the RLSB Youth Forum - used to empower vision-impaired people to move independently through their environment. In March 2015 Transport for London dais the prototype Wayfindr app was trialled at Pimlico station in March 2015.
    • The 'Wayfindr' system uses Bluetooth Low Energy beacons to transmit a signal to mobile phones. The app is then able to locate the user and give audible directions to guide them through stations.
    • Sixteen of the beacons were installed at Pimlico station where a number of young, visually impaired Londoners tested the app during a month-long trial.
    • London Underground's Director of Customer strategy Mark Evers said: 'We are delighted to be able to support this trial, which has developed directly from the desire of visually impaired people to get around on their own. While we have staff at all Tube stations to help people whenever they need it, we're always keen to see how technology and innovation can help open up and make our networks more accessible.'
    • The app was developed by the Royal London Society for Blind People's Youth Forum and ustwo, a studio that builds digital products and services.
    • TfL said the aim is for Wayfindr to standardise all audio signage across our network, making it easier for blind and partially sighted people to use public transport.

  • The Urban and Interurban Transport Group at the UCL Energy Institute received funding from the T-TRIG scheme of the Department for Transport (DfT) to explore the feasibility of a new mobility solution that could offer seamless mobility, the "Mobility-as-a-Service" (MaaS). The FS-MaaS project started in March and delivered in June 2015. 

    • The objective of the FS-MaaS project was to propose the design of a MaaS concept for London, the MaaS.London, and examine its feasibility. 
    • To work towards the concept of MaaS.London, first, the supply and the demand sides of the London transport market are analysed. There are a variety of mobility services supplied in London such as car clubs (car sharing), ride sharing, bike sharing, public transport, rail and taxi which altogether make London an ideal ground to exploit MaaS.London. 
    • The MaaS.London is an integrated platform that includes registration and package selection, intermodal journey planning, booking, smart ticketing and payment functions so that the entire chain of transport can be managed in this centralised platform. The most outstanding feature of MaaS.London is the provision of mobility packages, which consist of tailored bundles of mobility services customised to individual needs. 
    • According to UCL, the study indicates that the introduction of MaaS.London will benefit both the supply and the demand side. Transport operators will benefit by creating a larger market via the integrated platform. Travellers will also welcome the concept due to travel expense and time reduction, and better service experience. MaaS.London is a feasible product that can well serve London transport market and contribute to London’s 2020 vision. 
    • The full report is available for download.


2015 Grant Competitions Transport-Technology Research Innovations Grant (T-TRIG) (June 2015 Open Call Competition)

Following the success of the pilot studies, DfT launched another round of T-TRIG grants in June 2015, that was the first of the scheduled rolling T-TRIG rounds, resulting in 14 projects out of the 60 applications received being funded a total of £343K.

  • Making it personal - Understanding and Changing Agent Fuel Use Behaviours (Avalon Behaviour Ventures Ltd)
  • Prevention of Accidents through Community Action for Schools (PACAS) (Loop Connections Ltd).
  • Robust Safety Methodologies for Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) at Railway Level Crossings (LXs) (Institute of Railway Research, University of Huddersfield).
  • Adoption of Passive Destruction Interference to develop high-efficiency sound attenuating structures for high speed rail network (University of Wolverhampton).
  • PREPAReD: Predicting, Preventing, and Analysing Rail Delays (The University of Leicester).
  • Streetworks Analytics - proof of concept of national data analysis (Roadworks Information Limited, trading as Elgin).

    • Elgin harvests, aggregates and communicates data relating to road incidents. It collect data from Local Authorities’ streetworks systems automatically, remotely and securely and then publish the information on roadworks.org, a communications hub for live and planned road and traffic information.
    • An embedding tool is also provided to display local roadworks on web sites.
    • Elgin states the data is updated every few minutes and it currently publishes over 2.5 million roadworks records annually.
    • Elgin also offers a traffic management app and roadworks communications app.
  • Low cost alternative to GSM for data connectivity of Electric Vehicle Chargepoints (Hanger19 Ltd).

    • Hanger19 was established to provide system solutions to the eMobility sector and field of integrated transportation.
  • Lightweight, Low Cost Nano-Composite Hydrogen Pressure Vessels for Ultra-Low Emission Vehicles (Haydale Composite Solutions Ltd).
  • Optimal Decisions for Large-Scale Transport Systems (Smith Institute for Industrial Mathematics and System Engineering).
  • Building an Intelligent Transport Information Platform for Smart Cities (Middlesex University).
  • Enhancing transport models with cutting-edge visualisation (ITO World Ltd).

  • TripSensr (The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA), University College London)
  • Transport Optimised Radio Terminal (TORT) (BathCube Ltd).

    • BathCube is an innovation consultancy providing assistance to Telecommunications, Technology Developers or Consumer Products companies seeking to develop and launch commercially successful new products.
  • Hybrid gyroscope for navigation in adverse environments (J&M Inertial Navigation Ltd).


Second T-TRIG of 2015 now open for entries - sign up for our webinars to learn more

The Department for Transport open-call Transport Technology Research Innovations Grant is open for applications until midnight, Monday 9 November

This competition is to support early-stage research projects which could lead to the development of successful new transport products, processes or services.

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 u for and attending at least one of our T-TRIG webinars:

To see more, view the competition page.

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