Find out about the latest funding calls which are relevant to the Transport sectors.

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.

 

5G enabled road and rail transport trials in the West Midlands, round 2

West Midlands 5G (WM5G) are investing up to £2.5 million in innovation projects that develop a new service or product. These must improve road and rail operational efficiency, provide better-connected transport or improve traveller experience. This competition will support projects up to 12 months in duration. Your project must trial using 5G in the West Midlands.

Your project must focus on products or services in one or more of the following use case areas:

  1. Movement of things – freight and logistics.
  2. Movement of people – public transport, economic recovery and traveller confidence post COVID-19.
  3. Road operation and management.

Click here for more details. Closes 2nd December 2020.

 

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.

 

APC 17: developing the UK’s low carbon automotive capability

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £27 million for UK-developed late stage R&D, to support growth in advanced low carbon propulsion capability in the automotive sector.

Your project must concentrate on the automotive market as its primary application.

APC 17 is looking for:

  • projects that support the UK’s long-term capabilities through securing long-term R&D investment
  • projects that can be achieved through its associated supply chain in the design, build and manufacture of zero tailpipe emission vehicles

Your project will preferably deliver both of these, to ensure the UK meets the future demand of vehicle-makers.

To find out more, click here. Closing date: 4th October 2020.

 

Innovate UK Smart Grants: August 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. Apply by 25th November. Find out more here.

 

The Sustainable Innovation Fund: round 3 (temporary framework)

Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, is investing up to £10 million to fund single and collaborative research and development projects as part of the Sustainable Innovation Fund. The aim of this competition is to help all sectors of the UK rebuild after the effects of COVID-19.

All projects must be led by a business and include at least one micro, small or medium-sized enterprise (SME). Proposals can either be from a single business or a collaboration. Under the COVID-19 Temporary Framework your organisation could get up to 80% funding for your eligible project costs, up to a maximum of £175,000 per organisation, regardless of size.

Find out more and apply. Closes 30th September 2020.

 

Women in Innovation Awards 2020/21

Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, is offering 10 Women in Innovation Awards to female entrepreneurs across the UK. The winners will receive a £50,000 grant and a bespoke package of mentoring, coaching and business support. Registration closes 14th October 2020. More info here.

 

Innovation continuity loans: Strand 2: September 2020 follow-on competition

Innovate UK can provide additional COVID-19 innovation continuity loans for the continuation of planned or existing innovation activity. Loans of between £250,000 and £1.6 million are available. Apply by 30th September 2020. More details here.

 

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Current KTP period opened on 16th July, and closes on 7th October 2020 (after this the next round will be available immediately, so don’t rush your application unnecessarily).

A Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) links your organisation with one of the UK’s world-class knowledge bases (a university or research organisation) to power strategic innovation projects, embed expertise and drive commercial growth. needed to develop it, a Knowledge Transfer Partnership may be the answer. It creates a dynamic three-way collaboration between a business or not for profit organisation, a UK university or research organisation, and a suitably qualified graduate to help realise a strategic innovation project, bring about transformative change and embed new capability.

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Management Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Just like our highly effective KTP programme, Management KTPs (MKTPs) create a dynamic 3-way partnership between your company, a team of academic experts and a skilled graduate. The focus of a MKTP is specifically on increasing effectiveness and improving results through better management practices.

These have the same funding deadlines as KTPs – click here for full details.

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