The Department for Transport (DfT) has today (6 June) announced 67 projects selected to receive funding through the Transport Research and Innovation Grants (TRIG) programme, which is delivered by Connected Places Catapult on behalf of the DfT. The TRIG programme allows the DfT to fund proof-of-concept research projects with innovation at their heart. Small to medium sized companies and academic innovators use the funding to develop new technologies, products and services to make transport systems function more effectively or enhance the way we travel.
£1.96m to Fund 67 Projects to Improve the UK’s Transport System
This year’s winners bring the total amount invested through the TRIG programme to over £12 million since it launched in 2014, having funded nearly 300 projects.
Projects supported by this year’s TRIG programme cohort fall within five key challenge areas: Maritime Decarbonisation; Transport Resilience to Severe Weather and Flooding; Future of Freight; Local Transport Decarbonisation; and Improving the Rail Passenger Experience. There was also an open call category for high-potential innovations beyond the defined challenge areas.
Some of this year’s winning projects include:
- Makesense Technology to create an app that uses augmented reality to create bespoke walking routes to help visually impaired travellers get around railway stations.
- Bluewater Engineering Ltd to develop its unique SKYTUG system which uses large kites to tow ships at the same speed as a traditionally-powered craft, which could help reduce the use of polluting engines and decarbonise shipping.
- IONA Logistics Ltd to explore how autonomous drones based out of small delivery hubs can be used to deliver small packages faster and cheaper to hard to reach rural areas.
- Transreport Limited to create an app that allows disabled and older passengers to book the support they need on plans in advance to improve the experience. This app is already in use on trains.
- Port of Tyne to explore the viability of using remotely-controlled, and in some instances automated, electric heavy-duty robots to replace HGVs to provide a cleaner and faster alternative, reducing delays in the delivery process.
- CC Informatics to explore the use of drones to create 3D digital models of structures, such as bridges and rail tracks, to identify cracks and defects in the structures that would otherwise be invisible, meaning repairs can be made quicker and before more serious issues could develop.
- Imperial College London to research the use of Kiacrete, a new type of paving made from recycled materials, instead of concrete as a more permeable solution to see how it can be used on highways to drain away surface water and reduce flooding.
Beyond the funding provided, innovators supported by the programme benefit from tailored business support and the chance to work closely with industry and policy experts.
“The Government wants the UK to be a world leader in the future of transport, and through the TRIG programme the Department for Transport is supporting innovators and businesses to decarbonise and improve transport while growing the economy and supporting jobs across the UK.”
Find out more about the latest TRIG cohort (listed below) and their projects in the cohort brochure.
GT Green Technologies
Port of Tyne
University of Strathclyde
Transport Resilience to Severe Weather and Flooding
East Riding of Yorkshire
Imperial College London
Sheffield Tribology Services
University of Huddersfield
Future of Freight
University of Cambridge
Local Transport Decarbonisation
Chrome Angel Solutions
Iona Drones – parcel dispatch
Iona Drones – battery swap
The Tyre Collective
University of Birmingham
University of Hertfordshire
University of Leeds
White Motorcycle Concepts
Improving the Rail Passenger Experience