Highways England Graffiti Competition

Highways England is seeking to advance promising new products and services that have the potential to both remove and prevent the use of graffiti on the strategic road network. This ambition is being delivered through this innovation funding programme, which is being delivered by the Connected Places Catapult. The programme will award £30k funding to no more than 6 organisations to design a trial of their technology on a road network testbed. 

This programme provides 100% funding and is open to all UK-based businesses (including micro, small and medium-sized enterprises) and universities. Highways England would welcome bids from organisations outside of the transport sector or from a consortium of partners that can see a role for their technologies, tools, and approaches in delivering benefits in this space. These could include;

  • Behaviour detection and analysis
  • Solutions to reduce disruption to the road network while maintenance work is being carried out
  • Visual deterrents
  • Surveillance and CCTV
  • Removable green walls
  • Anti-graffiti coatings and paint
  • Asset management solutions

Apply Now! 

Applications are now open. The deadline for applications has been extended and is now Sunday 27th June at midnight.  

Before completing your application form, please read the following documentation thoroughly.  

Please download the Microsoft Word application form.

Send your completed application form (along with any supporting documentation) to graffiticompetition@cp.catapult.org.uk


On Friday the 21st May we held an information webinar that provided guidance and support to potential applicants. Delegates heard from Kier’s Head of Innovation in addition to senior representatives from Highways England, who discussed how their organisations will provide support to our suppliers. Delegates also had the opportunity to ask questions they had about the programme.  

You can watch a recording of the webinar by clicking on the video below:


If you are interested in finding out more information or if you have any queries, please contact us by emailing graffiticompetition@cp.catapult.org.uk