UK Government grant £2m to innovative and sustainable transport projects

To make the UK transport system greener and more efficient, entrepreneurs and innovators have been awarded Government funding to develop their sustainable transport projects.

UK entrepreneurs and innovators are pioneering novel ways of creating a more efficient and sustainable transport system; and as a result, are being backed by Government funding that was announced 13 April 2022.

In total, 51 projects have been selected to be awarded a share of £1.95m in the Department for Transport (DfT) funding as part of the Government’s Transport Research and Innovation Grant (TRIG) programme. This is the largest number of projects backed in the programme’s history.

Innovative company’s being awarded a grant for their innovative and sustainable transport schemes

Makesense Technology Ltd, is set to develop a technology to guide visually impaired people through the public transport network. A handheld device will scan the area and provide touch feedback, such as a vibration to the tablet holder, alerting them to any obstacles and their direction of travel.

AJEA Products Ltd is also among those awarded funding, creating autonomous flood protection for critical transport infrastructure. It will design self-deploying barriers that can be installed at train stations across the UK and pop up automatically when floods are detected, preventing passenger journeys from being disrupted by extreme weather.

Unitrove Innovation Ltd is being backed to develop a control system for the world’s first liquid hydrogen fuel container facility for zero emission ships

The University of Cambridge is developing a new low-cost and lightweight steering system for heavy goods vehicles (HGVs), which will reduce tyre wear, decrease carbon emissions and make it easier for larger vehicles to manoeuvre on the road.

“Innovation funded as part of TRIG could be the key to unlocking a more efficient and safer transport system for tomorrow,” commented Transport Minister, Trudy Harrison. “I support the ingenious ideas of this year’s cohort every step of the way and wish the successful applicants all the very best. I look forward to seeing the ideas develop to boost our green agenda and create high-skilled jobs across the UK.”

TRIG programme

Currently in its 11th round of funding, the TRIG programme, delivered in partnership with Connected Places Catapult, brings together talented start-ups – mainly SMEs and universities – and policymakers at the earliest stage of innovation to help enhance the UK’s transport system.

Since launching in 2014, over £6m in grants has supported more than 200 TRIG projects.

This year, the programme focused on increasing the diversity of its applicants. From Southampton to the Shetland Islands, the winning projects are based across the UK and reflect DfT’s commitments to levelling up.

DfT will also be working in partnership with Connected Places Catapult this year to pilot an Innovation Accelerator Programme, which will support companies at a later stage in their innovation journeys. The programme will provide funding to help projects take the last step towards the market by providing bespoke training from industry experts.

“Connected Places Catapult is extremely proud to deliver TRIG 2021, which is supporting over 50 innovators across four different challenges, including the future of freight, maritime decarbonisation, COVID-19 recovery and resilient transport systems,” commented Rachel Gardner-Poole, the Chief Operating Officer at Connected Places Catapult. “I am excited to see what great products and services arise.”

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