6 December 2017

The Department for Transport (DfT) has announced that funding is on offer to small businesses wanting to develop innovative ideas in the field of transport.

The Transport Technology Research Innovation Grant (T-TRIG) funds early-stage research projects with the aim of helping to create a better transport system.

Although details of the latest funding round are sketchy, the previous competition was offering up to £300,000 to kick-start innovative projects.

Over 50 small and medium-sized businesses in the transport sector received funding under the scheme this year, with — according to the DfT — many more potentially benefitting from grants in 2018.

Among the initiatives that have already been funded through T-TRIG is Wayfindr, a system that helps blind and partially sighted people navigate towns and cities using Bluetooth-enabled beacons and smartphones.

Biella Research also obtained a grant for its bike share docking station which allows cyclists to stack more bikes in the same station and therefore maximise the space available.

Describing Biella as a fast, agile development company, producing a high density stack rack for bicycles, Charles Carey said that the T-TRIG grant was invaluable in helping his company test a prototype in a real world environment.

Announcing the new tranche of funding, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said “We want to tap into ground-breaking ideas for the benefit of passengers across the country, and I look forward to hearing about the next round of projects.”

Further information on the scheme can be found at http://bit.ly/2gG1bla.