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Businesses from across the region win transport tech research & innovation grants

15 February 2021
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A total of 23 research and innovation projects from across the UK have won 2020 Transport-Technology Research and Innovation Grants Programme (T-TRIG).

This programme, delivered by the Connected Places Catapult, is now in its seventh year and since 2014 has provided £6 million in grants to support more than 190 projects, from across the transport technology spectrum.

The 2020 T-TRIG Programme addressed the challenges that de-carbonisation and the COVID-19 pandemic are presenting to the UK’s transport industry.

the funding will bolster research and development into new technologies that small businesses and universities are currently developing.

T-TRIG funding represents the start of a journey that will culminate in the successful launch of new products and services that will make the UK’s transport systems more sustainable, efficient, safe and accessible.

A total of 23 projects from 19 SMEs and 4 universities were successful in securing up to £30,000 to further their research and development activity. Companies from across the region included:

For Covid-19 Recovery:

Bristol-based Esoterix Systems – FAST – Find A Space on a Train

Chippenham-based Carbon ThreeSixty Ltd – Vertiprop – novel propeller materials and manufacture

For De-Carbonisation:

Cubbington, Warwickshire-based Fernhay Partners Ltd – Decarbonising domestic freight through active travel last mile deliveries

Harwell Campus, Oxfordshire-based Qdot Technology Ltd – Battery Uniform Tab Cooling (BUCT)

For the Open Call:

Leamington Spa-based Claytex Services Limited – SAVAir, Safe Autonomous Vehicles at Airports

Warwick-based SYSELEK (UK) LTD – Secure Border-Ready Freight

Nicola Yates OBE, Connected Places Catapult’s CEO said: “We are immensely proud of what Connected Places Catapult and DfT have achieved together through the T-TRIG scheme. Transport innovation is a critical tool for creating and driving the transport systems of the future, and the core of that is the talented SMEs and researchers that make up the UK’s transport innovation community.

“We look forward to continuing work with DfT and the UK’s brilliant SME community in making sure that the best of British innovation successfully makes it to the market both here and abroad.”

The projects began in January 2021 and their findings will be presented to the DfT and its partners at the showcase event in Summer 2021. To view the full details of the T-TRIG cohort, see below in the cohort brochure.


Nicky Godding is editor of The Business Magazine. Before her journalism career, she worked mainly in public relations moving into writing when she was invited to launch Retail Watch, a publication covering retail and real estate across Europe.

After some years of constant travelling, she tucked away her passport and concentrated on business writing, co-founding a successful regional business magazine. She has interviewed some of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs who have built multi-million-pound businesses and reported on many science and technology firsts.

She reports on the region’s thriving business economy from start-ups, family businesses and multi-million-pound corporations, to the professionals that support their growth and the institutions that educate the next generation of business leaders.

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