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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 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.


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


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 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

NATEP helping SMEs innovate in aerospace: Autumn 2021

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £2.5 million to carry out industry-led civil aerospace collaborative R&D projects. This funding is from the ATI Programme.

Opens: 15/11/2021 Closes: 12/01/2022

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Optimising vehicles and charging infrastructure for council fleet to transition to EVs

CCR are looking for innovative deployment technology to enable zero emission council fleets. Through this IX challenge, Optimising vehicles and charging infrastructure for council fleet to transition to EVs. CCR are looking for Digital solutions to allow the right procurement decisions to be made.

Opens: 03/11/2021 Closes: 15/12/2021

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Automotive Transformation Fund Expression of Interest: Round 17

Registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £1billion for capital centric investment projects that help industrialise the electrified automotive supply chain at scale in the UK.

Opens: 06/12/2021 Closes: 12/01/2022

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Geospatial Data in Transport: A Snapshot of Innovative Projects

10.00 - 17.00 | Online

Recording coming soon


Highways England Innovation Showcase for Digital Roads and Air Quality

10.00 - 16.00 | Online

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5G in Transport & Logistics: Moving People

14.00 - 16.00 | Online

Recording coming soon



Transport funding round-up

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

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Government announces £180m investment to enhance UK sustainable aviation fuel production

UK Government published its Net Zero Strategy on 19 October 2021 announcing a £180m commitment to support the development of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) production.

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