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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 15 August 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 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.

Innovation loans: July-September 2019 open competition

Applications for this round close on 11 September.

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.

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£1m Clean Maritime Innovation call

Competition closes 8 September.

The Department for Transport (DfT) is calling for expression of interests in a £1m Clean Maritime Innovation competition.  The call will fund industrial research to find innovative ways to reduce maritime emissions and to promote the development of technology innovation in UK maritime.

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Feasibility funding for Connected and Autonomous Vehicle cyber security

Competition closes 25 September.

The Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) is partnering with Zenzic (formally Meridian Mobility) and Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, to invest up to £2m in a maximum of five projects to support the development of a Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) cyber-security testing facility.

The competition is seeking ways to measure cyber-physical resilience to maintain cyber security for vehicles, roadside infrastructure and supporting services.

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ISCF Driving the Electric Revolution

Competition closes 25 September.


Driving the Electric Revolution is an Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund competition that is part of the government’s investment to help develop the next generation of electric vehicles, investment which could also help develop new hybrid aircraft.


The  competition is now open across two strands and a share of £19m is available.

Strand 1: projects with total eligible project costs between £1 million and £3 million
Strand 2: projects with total project costs between £250,000 and £1 million


KTN has been running competition briefing events and a webinar recording of one event is available to watch via the link below.

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