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Transport funding round-up

Posted on 13/06/2019

Find out about the latest funding calls which are relevant to the Transport sectors. Last updated 8th July 2019.

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.

Innovate UK Smart Grants summer 2019

Competition for current round closes Wednesday 24 July; the following round closes on Wednesday 16 October.

Smart is the new name for Innovate UK’s ‘Open grant funding’ programme.

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £25 million in the best game-changing, innovative or disruptive ideas with a view to commercialisation.

All proposals must be business focused, rather than pure research. Applications can come from any area of technology (including arts, design, media or creative industries), science or engineering and be applied to any part of the economy.

Read more here (for grants closing in July) or for details of the following round of grants, click here.

July expression of interest: ATI Programme

Competition closes Wednesday 24 July.

The Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) Programme, formally UK Aerospace Research and Technology Programme, provides funding to industrial research and capital projects to encourage innovation in UK civil aerospace.

This is an expression of interest competition. There are 3 stages and the whole process takes at least 6 months and projects must have a potential application within the civil aerospace sector.


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Innovation loans: July-September 2019 open competition

Innovate UK is offering up to £10 million in loans to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Loans are for highly innovative late stage projects with the best game changing and/or disruptive ideas or concepts. There should be a clear route to commercialisation and economic impact. Applications for this round close on 11th September 2019.

Click here for more details.

UK Research and Innovation strength in places fund: wave 2 EoI

Competition closes Wednesday 9 October.

Consortia of UK businesses and research organisations can apply for ‘seed corn’ funding of up to £50,000 to develop full applications for wave 2 of the UKRI Strength in Places Fund.

Your application must build on your partners’ existing research and innovation capability and present a valid plan of new research and innovation activities. These must have a clear pathway to delivering a significant positive impact on economic growth within the defined economic geography.

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Newton-Ungku Omar Fund Grand Challenge 2019: phase 1

Up to £2 million (RM 11 million) for innovative projects that provide collaborative solutions to the challenges of urban mobility and waste to wealth in Malaysia.

The application deadline is 16th October 2019.

Challenge 2: mobility

75% of Malaysia’s population now live in cities, which is 20% more than the global average. This is expected to rise to 80% by 2020. Road transportation accounts for about 85% of all transport-related CO2 emissions in Malaysia. Of that, the largest share of 59% comes from cars and 11% comes from motorcycles. This poses a challenge to liveability and quality of life. Urban transportation remains the weakest component of Malaysia’s national transport system, particularly when compared to the connectivity between states and intercity.

Millions of Malaysian urban citizens are affected by daily road congestion, spending more than 250 million hours a year stuck in traffic, or about 20 days a year per person. It is clear that in the next decade, the largest improvements in transportation sustainability have to be made in the urban areas. There needs to be a shift away from personal cars and motorcycles to an increased usage of sustainable methods such as buses and commuter rail services.

We are looking for solutions that increase the use of public transport by improving the efficiency, accessibility and public perceptions of the services provided in Malaysian cities.

We are looking for demonstrable innovations which are appropriate and scalable to meet the needs of Malaysia’s public transport challenges. Proposals should fit one or more of the following scope areas:

  • Improving service delivery. This could include, but is not limited to: increased ridership as a result of innovative business models, more convenient ticketing solutions and better provision of information to citizens (such as real time forecasting of bus or train arrivals).
  • First and last-mile connectivity. This could include, but is not limited to: alternative modes of connecting people and communities to transit points and improving the commuter’s journey experience (such as weather-proofing or improved safety).
  • Multi-modal transport connectivity. This could include, but is not limited to: solutions that bridge gaps between transit points, in particular e-hailing services, and enabling commuters to identify the best routes and transit.

For more information, see the funding call.

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