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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.

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 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.

The 2019 T-TRIG call was announced by George Freeman, Minister of State for the Future of Transport, on 24 September and will remain open until 23:59 on 29 October. The scope of the call is:

  • An Open Call to fund ideas across the whole of the transport technology spectrum.

Plus themed calls on:

  • Decarbonising the Transport System
  • Potholes and Resilient Infrastructure
  • Age-friendly and Accessible Transport.

Competition documents can be downloaded below. Please ensure that you read the guidance before completing your application.

For more information and to apply, please click here