£1.95m will fund 51 projects to improve the UK’s transport system 

Connected Places Catapult is delighted to be delivering the Department for Transport’s (DfT) 2021 Transport Research Innovation Grants (TRIG) Programme.  

TRIG is a scheme that enables the DfT to fully fund proof-of-concept research projects in support of innovative ideas or concepts that facilitate a better transport system. Since 2019, Connected Places Catapult has delivered a total of six TRIG programmes that have channelled over £4.5m into small businesses and universities.  

This has allowed entrepreneurs and academics on the front line of innovation to develop new technologies, products and services that will enhance the way we travel.  

Through TRIG 2021, £1.95m will fund 51 projects that fall within three key challenge areas (in addition to our traditional Open Call); the Future of Freight, Maritime Decarbonisation and COVID-19 Recovery and Resilient Transport Systems.  

Within the Future of Freight challenge, the DfT has awarded 6 companies a higher grant of £100k each to enable technological advances resulting in the creation of minimum viable prototypes and subsequent testing.  

Elsewhere in the programme, innovators are working on a variety of projects. Some of which include; enabling electric vehicle charging at scale, trialling a virtual reality hazard perception training tool for HGV drivers, and creating a planning tool for rural and urban mobility hubs. 

Rachel Gardner-Poole, Connected Places Catapult, Chief Operating Officer said: 

“TRIG is a one-of-a-kind programme. It provides a mechanism to identify and support early stage innovation that might slip through the nets of traditional funding routes. Connected Places Catapult is extremely proud to deliver TRIG 2021, which is supporting over 50 innovators across four different challenges, including the future of freight, maritime decarbonisation, COVID 19 recovery and resilient transport systems. I am excited to see what great products and services arise.” 

Transport Minister Trudy Harrison said:  

“Innovation funded as part of TRIG could be the key to unlocking a more efficient and safer transport system for tomorrow.  

“I support the ingenious ideas of this year’s cohort every step of the way and wish the successful applicants all the very best.  I look forward to seeing the ideas develop to boost our green agenda and create high-skilled jobs across the UK.”

The organisations that have joined the 2021 TRIG cohort are:  

Open Call

City Science Corporation Limited 
Digital Signs For Transport Ltd 
Diode Group Limited 
Esitu Solutions Limited 
Evotrack Ltd 
Flit (Cambridge) Limited 
Go Eve Ltd 
Honeycomb Network Ltd 
Makesense Technology Limited 
Nerds with Words Ltd. 
Queen’s University Belfast 
RazorSecure Limited 
Robotiz3d Limited 
Signalbox Technologies Limited 
Swansea University 
TravelAi Ltd 
University of Surrey 
Vanguard Sustainable Transport Solutions Ltd. 
Zipabout Limited 

Covid 19 Recover and Resilient Transport Systems

AJEA Products Ltd 
City Science Corporation 
John Lamb Executive Solutions Ltd. 
University of Strathclyde 

Maritime Decarbonisation

ACUA Ocean 
Armada Technologies Limited 
Canal & River Trust 
Industrial Systems and Control Limited 
JET Engineering System Solutions Ltd
Malakoff Limited 
Materials Nexus 
MSE International 
The University of Strathclyde 
Unitrove Innovation Limited 
University of Birmingham 

Future of Freight – £100k

3Squared Ltd. 
CGA Simulation 
Fishbone Solutions 
Voltempo Limited 

Future of Freight – £30k

Brunel University London 
CurbCargo Limited 
Cyth Limited 
Kale Collective 
London South Bank University 
Mole Solutions Ltd 
University of Cambridge 

You can find out more about the cohort and their projects in our cohort brochure.