2021 Transport Research and Innovation Grant (TRIG 2021) Programme
TRIG 2021 enables the Department for Transport (DfT) to fully fund proof-of-concept research projects in support of innovative ideas or concepts that facilitate a better transport system.
The programme aims to:
• Foster innovation to improve UK transport;
• Generate growth in the transport sector; and
• Build links between policy teams in DfT and innovators.
The Transport Research and Innovation Grant (TRIG 2021) programme was launched by the DfT in 2014 to foster research and innovation in the sector. In 2019, Connected Places Catapult was brought on board as a delivery partner for the programme to implement a commercialisation focus into the existing framework. Through the delivery of our collaborative TRIG programmes, both organisations continue to support the advancement and commercialisation of novel technology in the transportation sector by offering grant funding, business support and commercial insight to early-stage UK innovators.
Since the collaboration between Connected Places Catapult and DfT, six separate TRIG programmes have been successfully delivered – supporting over 85 innovative projects and with over £3.5m of grant funding.


2m in funding over four separate challenges with grants of up to £30K and up to £100k for the Future of Freight challenge. The individual challenges are:

Challenge 1: Maritime Decarbonisation (£30k Grants Available)

Focused on pre-commercial solutions, also to support early-stage proof of concept innovation which support maritime decarbonization.


Challenge 2: COVID-19 Recovery and Resilient Transport Systems (£30k Grants Available)

Innovations to aid COVID-19 recovery within the transport sector and support transport modes, passengers, and staff to improve preparedness and resilience for future pandemic and biosecurity threats.


Challenge 3: Future of Freight (£30k and £100k Grants Available)

To support innovative ideas that address opportunities and challenges that face the Freight and Logistics sector and its ancillary/supporting services.


Challenge 4: Open Call (£30k Grants Available)

Innovative ideas that address real UK transport challenges, across all modes and technology areas. NB. although the open funding call is available for all transport challenges, applicants should consider their proposals within the context of DfT’s priorities and innovation needs.


Applications close at midnight on Sunday 7 November 2021, and we ask you to direct interested individuals to our community platform to apply. 

If you are a Worcestershire based business, for more info follow this link –  Connected Places Catapult Community Platform


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