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TRANSPORT

Multiple funding & business support opportunities for SMEs
& academics in the transport sector

 

We provide support to companies and researchers to help you submit compelling collaborative R&D bids to major funding calls, which have the best chance of success. So far, through our Scale-Up Programme we’ve supported over 80 bids, over a third of which have been successfully awarded.

Worth up to £15k, the funded support can include commissioning a professional bid writer, project management, conference attendance and travel – as needed to prepare the most compelling bid possible.  For companies, we can also help link you to the considerable research expertise of the our Scale-Up Partner Universities – Bath, Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey and provide opportunities to join consortia.

We’ve identified some key transport-related Government funding calls, listed below, for which we can provide support. So if you are considering a bid to any of these funding calls now is the time to apply for this support to boost your chances of success.

Our Scale-Up Programme provides a broad range of support to innovative, growing SMEs, if you’re not looking for support to bid for R&D funding, check out our main Scale-Up landing page to find out more.

Supported funding calls:

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 £1 billion of funding for industrial research and capital projects. This will be to support the industrialisation of a high-value, electrified automotive supply at scale in the UK. This is an expression of interest (EoI) competition. The Scale-Up Programme is supporting applications to the Research and Development (R&D) full stage competition strand only. If your EoI is successful, you will be invited to apply to the Research and Development (R&D) full stage competition strand at which point you may request further bid development support from the SETsquared Scale-Up Programme.

To apply for support towards the next round of this competition please submit the form below.

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Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) Programme

The ATI works in partnership with the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Innovate UK to offer funding streams designed to accelerate innovation in the UK to maintain global competitiveness. The Strategic Programme offers four competitive funding batches per year. It is a comprehensive 2-stage assessment process suited to larger programmes typically accessing grants in excess of £1 million.

To apply for support towards this competition please submit the form below.

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Future flight challenge phase 3: strand 1

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £65 million in innovation projects. The aim of this competition is to fund projects that will deliver the 2024 vision of the Future Flight Challenge and position the UK as a leader in the third revolution of aviation. The competition is looking to fund ambitious projects that will successfully integrate the technical, regulatory and social challenges necessary to prove these new modes of transport.

Projects must also align with key Government policies on Net Zero Transport. The Future Flight Challenge is based around 3 classes of aircraft: Drones or unmanned aircraft systems (UAS); Advanced Air Mobility (AAM); and Sub-regional electric or hybrid passenger aircraft.

In Strand 1, projects must focus on the demonstration aspects of novel classes of electric or autonomous air vehicles and systems. Projects must focus on demonstrating the operation of aircraft in a representative environment whilst meeting a viable and challenging use case. Use cases should be real-world applications which drive integration of the different aviation system elements for each of the three Future Flight vehicle classes.

Projects must have total eligible costs between £500,000 and £15 million, start by 1 April 2022 and end by 31 March 2024, last between 12 and 24 months, be carried out in the UK, and intend to exploit the results from or in the UK.

Applications for funding close at 11:00 on 3 November 2021 so please submit your application for support below.

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Future flight challenge phase 3: strand 2

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £65 million in innovation projects. The aim of this competition is to fund projects that will deliver the 2024 vision of the Future Flight Challenge and position the UK as a leader in the third revolution of aviation. The competition is looking to fund ambitious projects that will successfully integrate the technical, regulatory and social challenges necessary to prove these new modes of transport.

Projects must also align with key Government policies on Net Zero Transport. The Future Flight Challenge is based around 3 classes of aircraft: Drones or unmanned aircraft systems (UAS); Advanced Air Mobility (AAM); and Sub-regional electric or hybrid passenger aircraft.

In Strand 2, projects must focus on the enabling and cross-cutting technologies essential to support the safe and effective operation of these new vehicle types. Projects must clearly demonstrate how the enabling technologies combine to support an overall aviation “system of systems”. Where appropriate, the participation of end users or operators in the project would be advantageous. Projects must demonstrate the operation of vehicles in a representative environment whilst meeting a viable and challenging use case.

Projects must have total eligible costs between £500,000 and £4 million, start by 1 April 2022 and end by 31 March 2024, last between 12 and 24 months, be carried out in the UK, and intend to exploit the results from or in the UK.

Applications for funding close at 11:00 on 3 November 2021 so please submit your application for support below.

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Application form

If you wish to apply for funding and support for the R&D opportunities shown above complete the form below to join the Scale Up Programme as an associate – which is free and without commitment. Read a guide on how to make a good application

Alternatively, if you are unsure which opportunity is for you still complete the form below and we will get in touch to discuss your proposal and check it’s in scope for the support programme.


















Membership of the Scale Up programme is open to any company pending internal review of the expression of interest raised by the company and incurs a one off charge of £150 inc. VAT. Full Membership will be offered to companies who are already part of our network and wish to access the CR&D proposal development support or investment raising support services. Full membership is subject to payment by the member company of a one-off fee and Membership is valid for one year. For the year 2020/21 the Membership Fee is £1,600 inc. VAT or for any eligible company, it can be waived under the Article 3.2(4) exemption of the Subsidy Control chapter of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement ("TCA"), and which requires eligible companies to complete a Statement of Previous Aid declaration.

The Scale-Up Programme is a partnership between: