The Department for Transport (DfT), in partnership with Connected Places Catapult (CPC), offers Transport Research and Innovation Grants (TRIG) to fully fund proof-of-concept research projects in support of innovative ideas or concepts that facilitate a better transport system. This early stage funding addresses a funding gap in transport innovation, where small investments can de-risk emerging solutions. The TRIG Programme also aims to generate growth in the transport sector and build links between policy teams in DfT and innovators.


On 23 October the Government announced the latest round of TRIG – a £1.8 million competition which this year sees an increased grant amount of up to £45k per project. The grants will be awarded to business, academics, local authorities and any other innovators seeking to develop research and provide solutions to some of transport’s most pressing issues including decarbonisation.


This year, the competition includes a £450,000 strand on Airport Decarbonisation (up to £45k per project).  In line with our ambitions in the Jet Zero Strategy, we are looking for innovative ideas that support the development of airport ground infrastructure for zero emission aircraft, or, that support airport operations transition to zero emission.


To find out more information and to apply, please follow this link where you will be able to find more information including the specific Grant Specification, eligibility requirements, applications guidance and FAQs. The application window will close on 27 November 2023 at midnight. There will be an application support webinar on 9 November 2023 which you can also register for here. Projects must start in April 2024 and completed by September 2024.


If you have any questions about the application process please email