Funding Competition: Transport Decarbonisation Demonstrators – Apply by 08/01/24

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £2m to work with Local Authorities, developing place-based solutions to transport decarbonisation.

Apply by 11:00, 08 January, 2024.

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Innovate UK, will work with the Department for Transport (DfT) to invest up to £2m in innovation projects. These projects will demonstrate innovative solutions which support the decarbonisation of transport systems within a local area.

The aim of this competition is to support innovative R&D solutions that can demonstrate the potential to:

  • reduce transport carbon emissions in local areas
  • facilitate collaboration between Local Authorities (LA) and businesses

UK businesses can apply for up to £500,000 to run pioneering trials that aim to reduce transport carbon emissions in local areas.

This Transport Decarbonisation Demonstrators programme, is delivered by Innovate UK and funded by the Department for Transport (DfT).

Half of this £2m fund will be reserved for rural areas, supporting them in unlocking the benefits of technology and innovation, to tackle transport emissions and meet the needs and attributes of these unique areas. It will also help to grow local economies by supporting businesses to bring new solutions closer to market.

The competitive grants will be awarded and delivered by Innovate UK – part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) – and the UK’s national innovation agency, which helps businesses to grow and develop new technologies.

Your proposal must:
  • detail the potential to reduce carbon and other harmful emissions from the existing local transport network
  • demonstrate the consideration of a place-based approach and how the solution proposed best meets the needs and attributes of the selected demonstration area
  • identify the Local Authority capacity to support and be involved with the project
  • illustrate how the innovation activity fits in with, and will support local strategies or plans, such as a Local Authorities’ Local Transport Plan (LTP) or Net Zero strategy
  • provide evidence of Local Authority senior leadership or senior level support for the proposed activity
  • detail how the solution will be demonstrated
Project size:

Your project’s total grant funding request must be between a minimum of £100,000 to a maximum of £500,000.

Your project must:
  • have a grant funding request of between £100,000 to £500,000
  • start on 01 June 2024
  • end by 31 March 2025
  • last between 6 – 10 months
  • carry out all of its project work in the UK
  • intend to exploit the results from or in the UK
  • involve a minimum of two collaborative grant claiming partners

This competition closes at 11:00, 08 January 2024.

The competition briefing will take place on 28 November, 2023.

If you need more information about how to apply please email or call 0300 321 4357.

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