A new £2 million competition is launching today (16 November) aimed at encouraging businesses and local authorities to work together to develop and trial transport schemes that cut emissions in the long term.
The Transport Decarbonisation Demonstrators programme, funded by the Department for Transport, also aims to help grow local economies by supporting businesses to bring new solutions closer to market.
Any UK business can apply for up to £500,000 to run innovative trials that tackle local transport challenges on-the-ground. Half of this £2 million fund will be reserved for rural areas, which the DfT says supports them “in unlocking the benefits of technology and innovation to tackle challenges, such as access to jobs and reducing loneliness”.
It says the trials will help to develop the green transport systems of the future, whilst improving choice and availability of transport options for passengers.
The competitive grants will be awarded and delivered by Innovate UK – part of UK Research and Innovation and the UK’s national innovation agency which helps businesses grow and develop new technologies. The competition will open on 27th November and close on 8th January, and businesses can apply online.
Mike Biddle, Executive Director Net Zero at Innovate UK said: “Taking a place-based approach to decarbonise our transport systems is critical if we are to reach our net zero targets both locally and nationally and prosper from the transition to net zero.
“Innovate UK are delighted to be working with the Department for Transport to invest £2 million in innovation projects aimed at not only reducing emissions, but also building key partnerships between local authorities and businesses which will ensure maximum impact.”
The Government says that, as part of its Transport Decarbonisation Plan, today’s announcement “delivers on driving decarbonisation at the local level, and will contribute to making our villages, towns and cities greener”.
It adds this builds on the success of last year’s Transport Research Innovation Grants (TRIG) local decarbonisation call, which funded 20 innovators to develop early-stage solutions to local decarbonisation challenges. The latest round of TRIG funding closes for applications on 27th November.
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