Find out about the latest funding calls which are relevant to the Transport sectors. Last updated 5th March 2021.

To make it easier to navigate the funding landscape KTN has pulled together some of the latest open relevant funding calls for the transport sector. Find out more details about each below, or if you wish to find out more about further funding opportunities then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our Transport team.

See our Covid-19 funding round-up for all Covid-related funding calls.


Transitioning towards Zero Emission Vehicles

Three competitions have recently opened to support the transition to zero emission vehicles in line with the Government’s transport decarbonisation ambitions: for on-vehicle solutions (improving range, sustainability, transition, user experience and adoption) there are feasibility studies and CR&D funding available, and a call for infrastructure solutions to improve charging, with total funding of £17m available; all close 21st April.


Also see our round-up of zero emission vehicle funding briefings (March 2021), including recordings.


Innovation Exchange calls

There are several open calls relevant to Transport at KTN’s Innovation Exchange, all offering the opportunity to work with a large organisation on the commercial implementation of your solution. Open challenges at present include “Mobile services of Zero Emission Berth power provision in the tidal Thames” (Port of London Authority). Click here for details.


Driving the Electric Revolution: Supply Chains for Net Zero

UK registered businesses of any size can apply for a share of up to £22 million for research to facilitate the UK’s niche and volume supply chain and manufacturing capability growth in power electronics, machines and drives (PEMD). Your project’s total eligible costs must be between £500,000 and £5 million. Registration closes 30th June 2021. Find out more.


Advanced Propulsion Centre: Technology Developer Accelerator Programme Wave 5

The APC Technology Developer Accelerator Programme (TDAP) supports ambitious micro, small and medium-sized companies that are developing innovative automotive technology, products and services which support zero emission vehicle operation, or support the shift to net-zero carbon automotive products. Up to £135,000 grant support available. Deadline 14th April 2021. Find out more.


ATI Programme strategic batch: expression of interest

The ATI Programme represents a £3.9 billion joint government and industry investment to maintain and grow the UK’s competitive position in civil aerospace. This is phase 1 of a strategic batch competition within the ATI Programme. There are 2 phases to each strategic batch competition. If you are successful at phase 2 you will proceed to final approvals and contracting. There are EoI rounds monthly and details are available on the Innovation Funding Service – click here.


Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

If you have an idea for your business but not all the in-house expertise needed to develop it, a Knowledge Transfer Partnership KTP may be the perfect solution. KTP creates a dynamic three-way collaboration – between a business, a UK university or research organisation, and a suitably qualified graduate (KTP Associate) – to help realise a strategic innovation project, bring about transformative change and embed new capability. KTP has helped over 12,000 businesses in its 45 year history and today there are around 800 live KTP projects spanning all industry sectors right across the UK. Funding competitions for KTP and mKTP are open throughout the year. The current competition closes on 14th April 2021. Talk to your local Knowledge Transfer Adviser in the first instance.


Innovate UK Smart Grants: Jan 2021

Opportunity for UK registered organisations to apply for a share of up to £25 million from Innovate UK to deliver disruptive R&D innovations that can significantly impact the UK economy. Project costs £25k-£2m. Apply by 26th May 2021.

Click here for full details.


Space4Rail Open Call

ESA Business Applications Space4Rail Open Call aims to support the exploitation of space-based assets (satellite navigation, satellite communications and/or Earth observation) in innovative and sustainable applications/services:

  1. related to future control, command and signalling applications of the European Rail system;
  2. improving the performance and attractiveness of the railway, both for railway undertakings and end users.

Project size can be up to €500,000, and up to 50% of the cost can be covered. The open call runs until December 2022. Click here for more details.


Network Rail Challenges

Network Rail have several outstanding challenge statements, each detailing a specific business obstacle that they face, and invite applications to solve these challenges. Funding and support is available for solutions that progress. Click here to find out more.

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