Start-ups and universities are urged to apply for government grants of up to £ 30,000 to fund innovations to make road, rail and sea transport ‘greener and safer’, the ministry said today transports.
The Transportation Research and Innovation Grant Program (TRIG), due to open in its 11th funding round, will see up to 53 projects to build a better public transport system receive a share of 1 , £ 95million in government funding, according to the DfT.
Past winners of program funding included a portable electric vehicle (EV) charger and an EV battery cooling system, and this year applicants are invited to submit projects around one of three themes: decarbonization maritime; Covid recovery and resilience of the transport system; and the future of freight. Candidates leading future freight projects could be awarded grants of up to £ 100,000 to move quickly from proof of concept to demonstrations, the government said.
The DfT also launched an open call this year for up to 20 projects on any transport-related idea, doubling the total funding available to £ 1.95million.
“Supporting innovation is a priority for us, and I am delighted to support budding UK entrepreneurs as they help us ensure people can travel easily and solve the complex task of decarbonizing our transport system,” a said Transport Minister Trudy Harrison. . “This is vital as we envision a greener and safer transport future that will create jobs across the UK.”
To date, TRIG has awarded over £ 6million in grants to over 200 projects since its inception in 2014. It aims to fund early stage projects, funding small businesses from the start and offering commercial support to strengthen business opportunities.
Previous funding has supported two air purification devices that trap or attack virus droplets to prevent their spread on public transport, a battery cooling system that allows electric vehicle batteries to charge quickly without overheating, and a portable electric vehicle charger for drivers in remote locations.
Nicola Yates, CEO of Connected Places Catapult, also the latest round of the grants program launched today. “The UK’s innovation ecosystem has a strong track record in developing solutions to complex problems,” she said. “The TRIG 2021 call is focused on finding the next wave of cutting-edge transportation solutions, enabling the industry to reach net zero and become more resilient to disruption.”