£1.95m will fund 51 projects to improve the UK’s transport system

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The winners of the 2021 Transport Research Innovation Grants (TRIG) have been announced, with £1.95m going to 51 projects which fall into three key challenge areas – the Future of Freight; Maritime Decarbonisation; and Covid-19 Recovery and Resilient Transport Systems. 

TRIG is a scheme that enables the UK’s Department for Transport (DfT) to fully fund proof-of-concept research projects in support of innovative ideas or concepts that facilitate a better transport system. Since 2019, Connected Places Catapult has delivered a total of six TRIG programmes that have channelled over £4.5m into small businesses and universities.

This has allowed entrepreneurs and academics to develop new technologies, products and services that will enhance travel across the UK.

“TRIG is a one-of-a-kind programme. It provides a mechanism to identify and support early-stage innovation that might slip through the nets of traditional funding routes,” said Rachel Gardner-Poole, Connected Places Catapult, chief operating officer.

“Connected Places Catapult is extremely proud to deliver TRIG 2021, which is supporting over 50 innovators across four different challenges, including the future of freight, maritime decarbonisation, Covid-19 recovery and resilient transport systems. I am excited to see what great products and services arise.”

The winners were announced by transport minister Trudy Harrison, she said: “Innovation funded as part of TRIG could be the key to unlocking a more efficient and safer transport system for tomorrow.

“I support the ingenious ideas of this year’s cohort every step of the way and wish the successful applicants all the very best.  I look forward to seeing the ideas develop to boost our green agenda and create high-skilled jobs across the UK.”

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