Find out about the latest funding calls which are relevant to the Transport sectors. Last updated 16th December 2020.

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.


ATF: moving the UK automotive sector to zero emissions

UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £7m for economic or technical feasibility studies to support scale up of the UK’s high-value electrified automotive supply chain. APC is seeking proposals from single organisations or consortiums for feasibility studies up to the value of £1 million.

Projects must support the UK automotive industry in:

  • making it easier for investment to happen in large scale manufacturing
  • building electrified vehicle supply chains

Deadline 27th January 2021. Find out more.


UFO (Small Flying Objects) call for proposals

UFO is seeking collaborative projects (of 2 or more SMEs) to develop innovative products and services by integrating new embedded technology solutions in the Small Flying Objects (SFO) area i.e. Smallsats, Drones and High Altitude platform systems. 6 emerging industries are specifically mentioned: Mobility technologies, Climate, Environment, Blue Growth, Digital Creative & Gaming and Finance & Insurance industries.

Participation is open to all SMEs based in one of the UFO partners countries (Bulgaria, France, Greece, Romania, United Kingdom).

Funding of up to €60000 per SME involved is available, and the deadline is 18th February 2021. Click here for details.

ATI Programme strategic batch: expression of interest December 2020

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.

Your project must have a potential application within the civil aerospace sector. This can include dual use technologies. Your proposal must align with the UK Aerospace Technology Strategy, ‘Accelerating Ambition’.

An online briefing event will be held on 11th December 2020 at 2.30pm: click here to join the Zoom meeting on the day.

Registration closes 23rd December 2020. Find out more and apply.


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 27 January 2021. Talk to your local Knowledge Transfer Adviser in the first instance.


Innovate UK Smart Grants: November 2020

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 can be £25k-£2m.

For more details, click here. Apply by 20th Jan 2021.


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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