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Transport Technology Research and Innovation Grants

The Connected Places Catapult is proud to be supporting the Department for Transport’s (DfT) Transport-Technology Research and Innovation Grants (T-TRIG) programme.

T-TRIG bridges the early stage, proof-of-concept funding gap in transport innovation, where small investments can de-risk emerging solutions.

Please click here to view the full list of funded projects in the 2019/20 T-TRIG Programme.



We are witnessing unprecedented advancements in science and technology, and the business models that will underpin resultant transport services, both of which will profoundly change our transport systems. The Future of Mobility Grand Challenge aims to make the UK a world leader in the way people, goods and services move now and in the future, with the potential to achieve a safer, cleaner and more user-centred transport system. T-TRIG enables government and industry innovators to learn together, making future investments in transport technology more cost effective.

In the last five years, Department for Transport has provided £4.6m of grants to support over 140 projects, from across the breadth of the transport technology spectrum. The programme has delivered great successes, including an electric HGV range extender, a station navigation app for the visually impaired, drone navigation collision avoidance technology and electric cargo delivery bikes. To date, more than £25m of follow-on investment has been secured by organisations after delivering successful T-TRIG projects – a return of £5 for every £1 invested by government.

We aim have make at least one T-TRIG call each financial year.

Why Apply for T-TRIG?

T-TRIG is designed to help innovators try out new transport technology ideas and support the best ones to reach the market. To see how T-TRIG helped kick-start the journey of Vivacity Labs, please see founder and COO Peter Mildon’s blog on the Industrial Strategy.

Key features of T-TRIG:

  • 100% grants for SMEs
  • Oversight from the DfT Office for Science and Chief Scientific Adviser
  • An assigned relevant policy contact from within the Department to help you understand how your ideas fit into Government’s priorities
  • Support from the Connected Places Catapult including the chance to enter their SME development programme
  • The opportunity to take part in DfT Transport-Technology Innovation Showcase events.

Find out more

Ways of finding out more about T-TRIG:

  • If you are interested in hearing about future T-TRIG calls and events, please enter your details below and we will keep you up to date.
  • If you are interested in working with the T-TRIG programme or have any questions, please get in contact with us via
  • If you would like to see a selection of 1-page summaries of recent T-TRIG projects, please follow this link.

T-TRIG expression of interest form

please enter your details below and we will keep you up to date with T-TRIG.

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