The Department for Transport has announced 67 projects selected to receive funding through the Transport Research and Innovation Grants (TRIG) programme, delivered by Connected Places Catapult.
Transport Research and Innovation Grants
01. TRIG Overview
02. What is TRIG?
The Department for Transport (DfT), in partnership with Connected Places Catapult, offers Transport Research and Innovation Grants (TRIG) to fully fund proof-of-concept research projects in support of innovative ideas or concepts that facilitate a better transport system.
The TRIG Programme aims to:
- Foster innovation to improve UK transport.
- Generate growth in the transport sector.
- Build links between policy teams in DfT and innovators.
- While the competition encourages applications with innovative ideas across all areas of transport as part of our traditional open call, some grant funding gets ringfenced for projects addressing areas like COVID-19 Recovery and Resilient Transport Systems, Maritime Decarbonisation and Future of Freight challenges (as per the TRIG 2021 call).
Eligibility and scope
TRIG is open to SMEs, universities, and large businesses. The competition is designed to offer small amounts of funding via a simple and accessible application process that will suit innovators needing a cash injection for research and development work. Proposals should all prove an innovative concept, taking an idea typically from TRL 2 (basic research) to TRL 4 (proof of concept/small scale prototype).
TRIG is open to public, private and third sector organisations in addition to universities and research and technology organisations.
Mandatory requirements for entry:
- Your organisation must have a UK registered office
- We will consider proposals from consortia. However, the lead applicant who will receive the funding must be identified
- Applicants submitting more than one competition entry need to demonstrate the ability to deliver the projects concurrently
03. Why apply?
Up to 100% funding to develop your innovation
Gain insight from policy teams at the DfT
Support from Catapult experts and business coaches
Join a cohort of like-minded innovators, sharing ideas and exploring new opportunities
Opportunities to pitch your technology to industry experts and senior representatives from the DfT
TRIG competitions are designed to de-risk the development of novel technology and will support the most promising and beneficial products as they launch within their intended markets.
Key features of TRIG:
- It is 100% funded
- Technical and commercial oversight is available from DfT, Connected Places Catapult and their partners
- Participation in workshop activities with other projects and Government organisations is encouraged
- Follow on support is available from the Connected Places Catapult, including the chance for SMEs participating to enter their SME development programme
- The opportunity to take part in showcasing events designed to attract onward investment and collaboration