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Transport newsletter




Dear Bettina Rigg


Welcome to the Transport newsletter bringing you updates on funding, news and events in the Aviation, Automated Vehicles, Rail, Maritime, Transport Systems and Low Emission Vehicles sectors.




Transitioning towards zero emission vehicles by 2030

12 March | 10:00-12:30


The government is phasing out the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2030, with all new cars and vans to be zero emissions at the tailpipe by 2035.


At this virtual event Innovate UK will provide an update on the government’s zero emission vehicle R&D programme, as well as potential future funding opportunities. Relevant areas include development of zero emission vehicle technologies and the supporting charging infrastructure required to enable the transition to zero emission vehicles.


This event will benefit business of all sizes, academics, RTOs and local authorities.


To help potential applicants to find suitable partners for the competition, KTN has launched a networking platform where you can discuss project opportunities and book video chat meetings.






Latest funding and opportunities


SBRI competition, rail demonstrations: First of a Kind (FOAK) 2021


The aim of this competition is to demonstrate innovations to stakeholders and railway customers in a representative railway environment.


Projects must focus one of the following themes:

Increasing customers’ confidence and enhancing their experience

Easy to use for all

Low emissions and a greener railway


Registration closes on 10 March.









Automotive Transformation Fund: expression of interest


The Automotive Transformation Fund is a new programme that aims to establish a competitive and sustainable UK supply chain. It offers a share of up to £1bn of funding for capital and associated industrial research projects to support the industrialisation of a high value, electrified automotive supply at scale in the UK. Expression of interest closes 24 February.


Find out more here.



Innovate UK smart grants


UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £25m from Innovate UK to deliver game-changing and commercially viable R&D innovation that can significantly impact the UK economy.  Closes 26 May.


Find out more here.



Maritime funding portal


An open source portal featuring support and funding opportunities for companies in the UK maritime sector. It is administered by Maritime UK and KTN.


Find out more here.



UFO (small flying objects) call for proposals


UFO is seeking collaborative projects (of 2 or more SMEs) to develop innovative products and services by integrating new embedded technology solutions in the Small Flying Objects (SFO) area i.e. smallsats, drones and high altitude platform systems. Closes 18 February.


Find out more here.




Latest articles



Novel aviation technologies report


A report commissioned by UKRI and the Future Flight Challenge has analysed six use-cases on their potential to boost the UK economy and deliver wider societal benefits.


Their findings suggest that the integration of new aviation technologies – drones or air taxis – will deliver valuable benefits by reducing costs, journey times and industrial accidents.


Read more >




Innovate Local events


Three Innovate Local events are on their way and you can book on now. These virtual events will allow you to find out about local economic priorities, hear from national and local support agencies and hear from local businesses about their innovation journeys.


2 March - Innovate East

8 March - Innovate Local South East

23 March - Innovate South West


Read more >









Latest KTN events


Future Flight Fridays: economic benefits of Future Flight


26 February, 12:00-13:00 | Online


An introduction from PWC to the recently published Future Flight Challenge socio-economic study which showcases both the potential economic and societal benefits associated with six key use-cases. It will be followed by an investor panel discussion.


Register for this event >



Innovate East


2-3 March | Online


Make your ground-breaking business idea one of the rising stars of the east with funding, know-how and outstanding R&D resources.


Register for this event >




International Women's Day: Women Innovate


8 March, 09:30-16:30 | Online


International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Join us for this extraordinary online conference, jam-packed with workshops, inspirational speakers and groundbreaking ideas.


Register for this event >




Innovate Local Southern Pioneers


8-9 March | Online


Pioneering innovation across the Southern coast and South East – enabling business to adapt, recover and grow.


Register for this event >




Supply chains for net zero: competition briefing


9 March, 10:00-12:00 | Online


Find out how you can apply for a share of £20m in funding from the Driving the Electric Revolution Challenge through a new competition aiming to facilitate UK supply chains and manufacturing capability growth. Focusing on power electronics, machines and drives (PEMD) it will enable future improvements in productivity, capacity, quality or efficiency for sectors including energy, industrial and transport.


Register for this event >




Transitioning towards zero emission vehicles by 2030


12 March, 10:00-12:30 | Online


Innovate UK will provide an update on the government’s zero emission vehicle R&D programme, as well as potential future funding opportunities. Relevant areas include development of zero emission vehicle technologies and the supporting charging infrastructure required to enable the transition to zero emission vehicles.


Register for this event >




Future Flight Challenge modelling and simulation workshop


15 March, 14:00-16:00 | Online


This workshop, in collaboration with Bath Institute for Mathematical Innovation, is to support anyone interested in becoming involved in the ISCF Future Flight programme to foster collaborations and share knowledge alongside the mathematics community.


Register for this event >




Global Research and Innovation in Plastics Sustainability (GRIPS)


16-18 March | Online


Hosted by the UK Circular Plastics Network, organised by KTN and supported by Innovate UK, EPSRC and UKRI, GRIPS will bring together companies and individuals to highlight the best of the UK and selected international activities which will lead to plastics being less likely to reach landfill, end up incinerated, or become fugitive in the environment.


Register for this event >







Industry events


17 Feb, 10:00-11:30 | Welsh Government - funding for rail related R&D projects



22 Feb, 14:00-15:00 | Enabling rail innovation: the latest rail First of a Kind competition



23-25 Feb | National rail recovery conference




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