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Transport

Transport connects people, places, goods and services. Innovation in transport has the potential to benefit our economy, society and environment.

The transport system of the future will be more efficient, cleaner and smarter, through utilising enhanced digital, communication and autonomous technologies.

New design frameworks in our infrastructure have the potential to enhance efficiencies and transform our cities and towns to embrace new micro-mobility concepts. New business models will transform the lives of those in rural areas or create new ways to travel for all by ensuring accessibility. By collaborating across sectors and furthering our developments in low carbon propulsion systems and fuels we can create a cleaner environment and improve the health of people and the planet.

To find out more about how we can work with you to drive positive change in transport, contact us.

Our current focus in this area

Automated Vehicles

Connected and Automated Vehicles offer transformational opportunities for safety, access to mobility, lower emissions and increased efficiency and productivity of our transport systems

Aviation

Aviation is a key pillar in both the United Kingdom’s economic and societal prosperity. It supports growth in our tourism industry, increases trade and business investment, and connects people and places both domestically and internationally.

Decarbonising Ports & Harbours

The Decarbonising Ports & Harbours Innovation Network’s overarching objective is to raise the profile of the critical part ports and harbours need to play in Maritime transport’s transition to net zero by 2050 and accelerate this transition by giving clear direction.

Future Flight

Future Flight can transform our lives. It will inspire the next generation of sustainable aviation and revolutionise how we connect people, deliver goods and provide services, using new classes of electric and autonomous vehicles.

Low Emission Vehicles

Governments across the globe are working and deploying plans to reduce carbon and particulate emissions to improve the environment for generations to come.

Maritime

As an island nation the UK has traditionally been a leading player in the global maritime industry.

Micromobility

Micromobility is a trend that’s growing and KTN’s Transport Team is working closely with industry and government to understand the opportunities and the challenges.

Rail

Rail is essential to the economic, social and environmental health and growth of the UK, supporting essential travel, commuters, social and leisure travel, healthcare journeys and travel for education purposes. The rail network is the UK’s travel backbone, connecting rural communities to urban areas and facilitating opportunities for all.

Sustainable Aviation Fuel

Liquid fuels will be a requirement for long-haul air travel in the longer-term and a requirement for short haul whilst new technologies such as electric and electric/hybrid are developed. Aviation contributes around 2-3% to global CO2 emissions and through the UN body, ICAO, the industry is committed to carbon neutral growth from 2021.

Sustainable Aviation Fuel Landscape

Connecting the UK’s growing Sustainable Aviation community with industrial collaborators, research-based expertise, investment opportunities and funders.

Transport Systems

Transport Systems looks holistically across transport modes, infrastructure and control systems ( e.g. communication, smart ticketing, remote control & supervision) plus new business models such as Mobility-as-a-Service.

Funding Opportunities

SBRI Competition rail demonstrations: first of a kind 2021

Organisations can apply for a share of up to £9 million inclusive of VAT, to develop demonstrators that increase customers’ confidence and enhance experience, deliver a railway that is easy to use, offer low emissions and a greener railway.

Opens: 08/02/2021 Closes: 10/03/2021

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Right On Time: Automating Military Logistics

DASA is seeking to identify innovations that can deliver a step change in military logistics capability across the Maritime, Land and Air domains.

Opens: 02/02/2021 Closes: 25/03/2021

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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.

Opens: 16/02/2021 Closes: 14/04/2021

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Events

Fri
27
Nov
2020

Future Flight Fridays: Zero Emission Infrastructure

12.00 - 13.00 | Online

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Mon
2
Nov
2020

ATI programme: R&D funding for smaller business, expression of interest, Autumn 2020

13.00 - 15.00 | Online

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Thu
11
Mar
2021

Engage with...Equipmake

15.00 - 16.00 | Online

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News

04.08.2020

Transport funding round-up

Find out about the latest funding calls which are relevant to the Transport sector. Last updated 10th Feb 2021.

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10.02.2021

Integration of novel aviation technologies could cut costs by up to 48% in the way we move people, goods and services - new report suggests

A report, commissioned by UKRI and the Future Flight Challenge, analysed six use-cases on their potential to boost the UK economy and deliver wider societal benefits.

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