Helping academia & research institutions deliver real world impact

Our aim is to increase the impact of research activity and maximise its exploitation. Driving real world innovation by verifying market opportunities, finding delivery partners, and identifying future customers and initiaves.

Taking Applied research to market

We facilitate research driven partnerships that solve critical issues in three key areas and across six markets.

People's Experience

Places prosper when they understand and design for the needs of people. Connected Places Catapult has access to a range of capabilities which help partners to understand changing needs and to design for experience.

Connected Intelligence

The infrastructure that enables digital connectivity within and between places as well as the technology and intelligence that enables data-rich insights, modelling and analysis.

Climate Action

We convene the markets to spark disruptive innovation and scale up Net Zero and resilience technologies, by developing the business and operational case for adoption and deployment.

Innovation imperatives into markets

Place Leadership

Integrated Infrastructure

Maritime & ports

Air mobility & airports

Rail & stations

Homes & housing

We connect research to businesses and government departments, accelerating change & solving critical issues

We develop researchers’ entrepreneurial mindsets to access industry, improve market offerings, and open up entirely new markets




Universities and Industry Organisations

We deliver innovation funding programmes such as the Department of Transport’s Transport Research and Innovation Grants and Researchers and Residence. Academics are given opportunities to develop and scale their innovations with support from the Catapult. Our newly launched Affiliates Network strengthens the Catapult’s reach and impact in key innovation ecosystems.


Our Academic Network is an environment for exchange of ideas, knowledge, learning and the opportunity to promote collaboration. Join our network today, which already has over 1,100 members from 270 universities and industry organisations. Apply your academic expertise through opportunities such as our Researchers in Residence scheme.

Join the Academic Network
“Being a member of Connected Places Catapult’s Academic Network has allowed me to have better visibility over relevant events, projects and funding opportunities. The support offered by the Academic Engagement team has been very helpful in identifying areas where the impact of our project can be further exploited.”

Dr Donya Hajializadeh  Senior Lecturer in Bridge/Structural Engineering, Director of Employability, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Surrey

Opportunities within the network

Access to industry
To strengthen your networks, keep up to date with current challenges faced by companies and be best placed to meet industry needs.
Access to opportunities
To keep up to date with opportunities funded and supported by the Catapult and or our partners, such us: Innovation Funding Programmes, including Transport Research Innovation Grants and Researchers in Residence.
Sector reports & publications
Access focused research and tailored reports from us and our partners, delivered straight to your inbox.
Signposting to funding
To extend your understanding of the funding landscape, hear of the funders you have not considered before, including private investors in innovation.
Dissemination of research
To share your research findings, tools and methodologies with our networks, to promote application and increase impact
To participate or contribute to our networking events and those of our partners

Take a detailed research needs assessment

We created the platform to support universities and research & technology organisations to exploit and share their intellectual property.

After registering with the academic network, researchers are invited to share details of their work to receive specific methodical and technical feedback from our sector specialists and social and economic modelling teams.

We undertake a significant amount of analysis to provide the quantitative inputs into this process, confirming the viability of innovative research.

Join the network to find out more

Across the network

Results found
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Meet the Academic championing electric scooters for last mile travel
Loughborough University academic Yasir Ali is exploring the potential for a greater uptake of electric scooters in India after securing a placement on the Researchers in Residence programme with Connected Places Catapult.
Electric cars charging
£1.3 million to back cutting-edge transport projects
A £1.3 million competition to transform the transport sector, grow the economy and inspire innovation has been launched today (17 April).
Maritime transports
Transport Research and Innovation Grants 2024
Transport Research and Innovation Grants (TRIG) provide early-stage funding for innovations in science, engineering, or technology delivered by The Department for Transport's (DfT) project delivery partner, Connected Places Catapult.
Meet the Academic using AI to optimise logistics networks
Supply chain logistics specialist Arijit De is investigating what impact digital tools can have in making deliveries more efficient and less carbon intensive, and has developed a novel idea for transporting goods in rural areas by allowing food producers to place deliveries on passenger buses.
Meet the academic protecting bridges from climate change
Italian structural engineer Enrico Tubaldi’s experience of a strong earthquake in his hometown as a student led him to set about improving the resilience of structures to tremors. Now based in the UK, he’s turned his attention to protecting historic bridges from the effects of flooding.
Innovators urged to demonstrate true value of their technologies
Commercial challenges of accelerating innovation and winning contracts were topics of conversation at an event convened by Connected Places Catapult.
HMGCC CHALLENGE: eSIM reader for officer safety
Up to £120,000 is on offer to consortia developing technology that can help to gather a mobile subscriber identity number from electronic SIM cards used in the latest phones.
Meet the Academic taking a holistic view on aviation’s route to net zero
Converting aircraft to run on cleaner fuels will certainly help the aviation sector get closer to net zero, but airport operators and countries around the world must also make binding commitments to more sustainable infrastructure, says Professor Nazmiye Ozkan.