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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 26th June 2020.

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.

See our Covid-19 funding round-up for all Covid-related funding calls.

Advanced Propulsion Technologies: Advanced Route to Market Demonstrator

The ARMD competition is a fast start competition designed to encourage UK industry to resume R&D after the Covid-19 pandemic, further accelerating the transition to zero emission vehicles.

We are looking for collaborative, business led late stage R&D projects that will demonstrate advanced propulsion technologies. The output of these projects must be in the form of a physical demonstrator.

Projects are expected to seek between £500k and £1m of grant funding. Up to 65% of costs can be covered.

Application deadline: 7th August 2020. Click here for more details.

Catalysing Green Innovation: strand 1, advancing PEMD supply chain

Due to the disruption caused by COVID-19 to UK industry, Driving the Electric Revolution (part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund) is investing up to £5 million in innovation projects that will support the UK’s continued push towards net zero carbon.

This is part of a larger effort to catalyse the green economic recovery in transport, energy and industrial sectors.

In this strand, up to £5 million will be invested in business-led innovation projects that enable UK supply chain and manufacturing capability growth in power electronics, machines and drives (PEMD). Projects will facilitate future improvements in productivity, capacity, quality or efficiency.

Closing date 29th July 2020. For more information, click here.

Catalysing Green Innovation: strand 2: Securing the future of ZEV

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £10m to research and develop technologies to help secure future zero emission vehicles innovation. These are 6-month rapid-delivery projects to develop on-vehicle and charging technologies that will secure the future of the zero emission vehicles (ZEV) industry in the UK. Total project cost must be between £100,000 and £500,000.

Closing date 29th July 2020. For more information, click here.

Competition: Intelligent Ship Phase 2

This competition is seeking proposals for novel and innovative technologies, approaches, and enablers to revolutionise military decision-making, mission planning and automation. The eventual aim, for 2030 and beyond, is to exploit a human-machine network that could work collaboratively on military platforms.

This Phase 2 call seeks projects to support the evaluation and demonstration of a range of human-machine teams, or Agents for Decision-Making (ADeMs), and their integration with an evaluation environment (the Intelligent Ship Artificial Intelligence Network (ISAIN)). An agent could be an AI application, a human, or a mix of the two.

Challenge 1 seeks a supplier to integrate ISAIN with a range of ADeMs (either already developed in Phase 1 or within other Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) core programmes, or to be developed during Phase 2). The evaluation of this will be developed based on a set of Front Line Command objectives and a national scenario. The key aim of this challenge is to understand, quantify and demonstrate the risks and opportunities of managing a complex network that includes both AI agents and human operators.

Challenge 2 seeks multiple suppliers to develop new or to enhance existing ADeMs to feed the evaluation within challenge 1. Outputs should aim to be ISAIN-ready and be available as options for a demonstration/evaluation.

£3m total funding is available. The maximum funding available for challenge 1 is £1.5M, expected to fund 1 proposal. The maximum funding available for challenge 2 is £250k per proposal. If successful, contracts will be 16 months.

Webinars for prospective applicants will be held on 23rd June. The deadline for applications is 4th August.

For more information, click here.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Current KTP period closes on 15th July 2020 (after this the next round will be available immediately, so don’t rush your application unnecessarily).

A Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP)  links your organisation with one of the UK’s world-class knowledge bases (a university or research organisation) to power strategic innovation projects, embed expertise and drive commercial growth. needed to develop it, a Knowledge Transfer Partnership may be the answer. It creates a dynamic three-way collaboration – between a business or not for profit organisation, a UK university or research organisation, and a suitably qualified graduate – to help realise a strategic innovation project, bring about transformative change and embed new capability.

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Management Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Just like our highly effective KTP programme, Management KTPs (MKTPs) create a dynamic 3-way partnership between your company, a team of academic experts and a skilled graduate. The focus of a MKTP is specifically on increasing effectiveness and improving results through better management practices.

The first round of these has now closed – visit to be kept informed about future MKTPs.

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