Government funding to support a more efficient transport system

6 May 2022

In total, 51 projects have been awarded a share of £1.95 million in funding from the Department for Transport (DfT) as part of the Government’s Transport Research and Innovation Grant (TRIG) programme, the largest number of projects backed in the programme’s history.

Since launching in 2014, over £6 million in grants has supported more than 200 TRIG projects. Now in its 11th round of funding, the TRIG programme, which is delivered in partnership with the Connected Places Catapult, brings together talented start-ups (mainly SMEs and universities) and policymakers at the earliest stage of innovation to help enhance the UK’s transport system.

The winners in the latest round were selected based on four key themes: (1) maritime decarbonisation; (2) the future of freight; (3) Covid-19 recovery; and (4) transport resilience. Additionally, there was also an open call, where any transport-related idea was considered.

For the first time, six “Future of Freight” grants worth £100,000 each were piloted for larger projects, moving them past “proof of concept” and towards being demonstration ready. These will complement the remaining 45 grants of up to £30,000 each, spread across all four themes.

One of the projects currently receiving support will see the University of Cambridge developing a new low-cost and lightweight steering system for heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) which is intended to reduce tyre wear and carbon emissions and make it easier for larger vehicles to manoeuvre on the road.

Transport Minister Trudy Harrison said: “Innovation funded as part of TRIG could be the key to unlocking a more efficient and safer transport system for tomorrow. I support the ingenious ideas of this year’s cohort every step of the way and wish the successful applicants all the very best. I look forward to seeing the ideas develop to boost our green agenda and create high-skilled jobs across the UK.”