The Transport-Technology Research and Innovation Grant (T-TRIG) has received its tenth round of funding from the Department for Transport to encourage UK transport technology start-up companies to come up with innovative and sustainable modes of alternative transport.
The funding will allow start-ups to bid for shares of £960,000 in order to support pioneering projects to change the British transport system to be more environmentally conscious and produce less carbon emissions.
The Minister for the Future of Transport, George Freeman MP stated: “This government is committed to improving the UK’s transport network, from tackling air pollution to fixing potholes for good.
“We now have an exciting opportunity to stimulate the brightest thinkers in our universities and small business networks to try out novel solutions to fix legacy problems across our transport system and realise their visions for the future.
“Schemes like this grant will ensure the UK retains its reputation as a world-leading innovator, and I encourage early-stage businesses in the transport sector to apply for the funds available.”
In the course of the past five years the T-TRIG has allocated approximately £4.6M in funding to a total of 140 different projects, with Wayfindr and Flit being two companies to have won funding.
The Managing Director and Co-Founder of e-bike company FLIT, previous recipients of the T-TRIG, Alex Murray commented: “Early support from the Department for Transport was crucial for getting our first e-bike off the ground.
“The grant allowed us to build our first prototype with a specialist in Essex. We learnt an enormous amount from this process, and these lessons have carried over to the FLIT-16, the first folding e-bike that we successfully launched through a crowdfunding campaign in the summer of 2019.”
The CEO of the Connected Places Catapult, Nicola Yates OBE added: “We are excited to be using our expertise to manage the latest T-TRIG competition for one of our key partners the Department for Transport.
“Early stage funding is a vital component to driving great solutions from the drawing board to reality and the areas covered in this competition, including decarbonisation and accessible transport, are key areas to tackle in the UK today. We are looking forward to working with the winners to ensure T-TRIG leads to tangible benefits for transport users.”
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