TRL and DfT forge groundbreaking Grant Framework Agreement to drive transport innovation

TRL have announce its new grant framework agreement in collaboration with DfT. This landmark agreement underscores a commitment to deliver its shared goals, including driving innovation and scientific advancement within the transport sector.

The grant framework agreement between TRL and DfT has three objectives: Supporting DfT’s diverse
and skilled workforce, promoting collaboration across the sector, and integrating science into
policymaking. It does so by focusing on:

  1. People: Supporting and collaborating on projects where specific expertise is required which
    is not available within the DfT or wider market.
  2. Partnerships: Utilising both organisations unique specialisms and networks to form
    partnerships, both across government and with the wider transport R&D sector, to enable
    efficient and effective action at pace​.
  3. Purpose: embedding science in DfT decision-making, ensuring focus on departmental
    purpose, and ensuring the right mechanisms to deliver impact​.
    “The grant framework agreement will primarily focus on research and innovation relating to surface
    transport, encompassing areas such as standards and regulations, emerging and existing road-
    related technologies, innovation adoption, and safety,” emphasised TRL’ CEO Paul Campion. “TRL’s
    social purpose enterprise status, our unparalleled expertise and unique capabilities such as the
    Smart Mobility Living Lab test bed in London, and our renowned reputation for providing
    independent research, which all contribute to the future of transport, justify this partnership
    between the DfT and TRL.”

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