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Transport funding round-up

Posted on 16/08/2019

Find out about the latest funding calls which are relevant to the Transport sectors. Last updated 12 September 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.

DASA competition: autonomy in challenging environments

This Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) competition is seeking proposals that can provide a step change in the capability of unmanned autonomous military systems to operate in challenging environments. Closing date 10.10.19.

There is a need for technologies to enhance the performance of autonomous systems in challenging environments to support future military operations. This competition is seeking technologies to broaden the environmental and performance envelope of unmanned autonomous or semi-autonomous systems to include:

  • unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV)
  • unmanned surface vehicle (USV)
  • unmanned ground vehicle (UGV)
  • unmanned air system (UAS)
  • hybrid systems

More details here.

APC 14: developing the UK's low carbon automotive capability

Competition closes 16 October.

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £20 million for UK-developed late stage R&D, to support growth in advanced low carbon propulsion capability in the automotive sector.

Read more.

October expression of interest: ATI Programme

Open 7th-23rd October.

The Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) Programme represents a £3.9 billion joint government and industry investment to maintain and grow the UK’s competitive position in civil aerospace.

Projects must have a potential application within the civil aerospace sector and proposals must prioritise areas identified within the UK Aerospace Technology Strategy, including:

  • whole aircraft design and integration
  • aerostructures
  • advanced systems
  • propulsion technologies

Read more.

Future Flight Challenge - collaboration workshop

Future Flight Challenge (FFC) is a 4 year, £125 million Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) programme. The aim of the programme is to:

  • demonstrate innovative ways to enable greener flight in a publicly acceptable manner leading to reduced carbon footprint for aviation
  • investigate and create new services and ways to travel
  • increase mobility
  • improve connectivity
  • alleviate congestion

This is the first of 3 phases. Individuals can apply to attend a 2 day discovery workshop and work with other people and organisations from both within and outside of the aviation sector. No grant funding is available in this phase, but we will cover the costs to attend the event. Grant funding for projects will be available for future phases, when we will ask you to apply with a detailed project proposal.

You can apply for future phases of this competition even if you do not attend the discovery workshop.

Discovery workshop participants

You must:

  • be willing to engage in collaborative activities
  • be available to attend the discovery workshop on 4 to 5 Feb 2020 in Birmingham (venue to be announced in the next few weeks)
  • have an open, engaging, flexible, imaginative and creative outlook
  • be able to develop new and highly original innovative ideas
  • be able to work constructively with people of diverse disciplines

We are looking for people from a broad range of disciplines and backgrounds. We want to introduce people who may not normally work together and ensure there is a range of expertise to cover the scope of the challenge. We will also be considering equality, inclusion and the diversity of participants.

The discovery workshop is especially suited to individuals and organisations who:

  • can step outside their own area of expertise or interest
  • are driven
  • enjoy creative activity
  • can think innovatively

The 2 day event is an intensive setting where you will be expected to develop potentially new approaches with individuals and organisations that you may not have worked with previously.

Your organisation must be a UK registered business of any size or a research and technology organisation (RTO).

Apply by 13th November 2019.

Read more here.

Network Rail SBRI competitions

Opens 16 September, closes 13 November (registration closes 6 November)

Two Network Rail SBRI competitions with a combined investment of £3m will open on 16 September.

  1. SBRI: innovation in rail security surveillance analytics, phase 1
  2. SBRI: innovation in automated tunnel examination


Read more here

NATEP: helping SMEs innovate in aerospace, autumn 2019

The aim of this competition is to provide help for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to develop innovative aerospace technologies. These will enhance your capabilities and increase your ability to win new business. Priority areas include:

  • aircraft of the future
  • smart, connected and more electric aircraft
  • aerostructures of the future
  • propulsion of the future

Your project’s total eligible costs must be between £100,000 and £300,000. Your project’s total grant must be less than £150,000. If your organisation is a business, or you are a research and technology organisation (RTO) participating as a business, you must show that you can provide match funding from entirely private sector sources, across all projects you are involved in.

The application deadline is 4th December 2019.

Read more here.

Innovate UK Smart Grants

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

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, is investing up to £25 million in the best game-changing and commercially viable innovative or disruptive ideas. All proposals must be business focused.

The next round of Smart Grants will open on 17th October 2019 and close on 8th January 2020. Read more here.

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