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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 17th Feb 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.

SBRI rail demonstrations: first of a kind 2020

Opens 13.01.2020. Closes 04.03.2020.

This is a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition and is open to organisations of all sizes from the UK, EU, or EEA.

The aim of the competition is to demonstrate innovations to stakeholders and railway customers in a representative railway environment.

This competition has 4 themes:

  • environmental sustainability
  • customer experience
  • optimised railway operations
  • optimised and cost-effective maintenance

We expect to fund projects with total eligible costs between £100,000 and £400,000, including VAT.

Projects must plan to start by 1 July 2020 and can last no more than 9 months. All work must be completed by 31 March 2021.

You can watch a recording of KTN’s webcast briefing here.

To find out more and apply for funding, click here.

APC 15: developing the UK’s low carbon automotive capability

Opens 13.01.2020. Closes 04.03.2020.

The Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) invests up to £30 million, 3 times a year, in collaborative research and development (R&D) projects. These are pre-production match-funded projects. In this round APC is investing £30 million. Your project’s total eligible costs must be between £5 million and £40 million and be at least 50% match funded.

Your project must concentrate on the automotive market as its primary application.

APC 15 is looking for:

projects that support the UK’s long-term capabilities through securing long-term R&D investment
projects that can be achieved through its associated supply chain in the design, build and manufacture of zero tailpipe emission vehicles

To find out more, click 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 £25m in the best game-changing and commercially viable innovative or disruptive ideas. All proposals must be business focused.

The current round of Smart Grants opened on 09.01.20 with a closing date of 22.04.20. Click here for details.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Current KTP period closes 4th March: the following period opens on 5th March, and closes on 29th May 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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