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Feasibility studies for optimal data exchange

Fund Name

Net Zero Mobility: Feasibility studies for optimal data exchange

Project Length

6-9 months

Project Value

Up to £250k



Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will engage with industry to invest up to £3 million in innovation projects.

As part of the Future Economy Net Zero programme, this competition will focus on digital technologies. This programme will support the government’s drive for zero-emission transport and systems as part of the net zero commitment for 2050.

The aim of this competition, as part of the Innovate UK-funded net zero mobility programme, is to understand and overcome the barriers to data sharing or data exchanging in transport.

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Fund details

Innovate UK will fund collaborative feasibility studies covering the optimal sharing of data or the exchanging of transport data. Your project must demonstrate significant improvements in overcoming the barriers to the sharing or exchanging of data. These include:

  • lack of incentives to share data
  • lack of knowledge
  • lack of data standards
  • commercial, ethical, and reputational risks
  • legal and regulatory risks
  • costs of data access
  • security and privacy

Your project can address the sharing or exchanging of data between platforms, vehicles, people, freight and infrastructure.

You are encouraged to apply your knowledge and capability to adjacent transport sectors. Your project can demonstrate the data exchange between any mode of transport, either within a mode or across different modes, for example just within maritime or across micromobility and rail transport modes.

Your project must:

  • demonstrate a need for data sharing for example a data owner or a problem owner
  • demonstrate what a potential data sharing or data exchange platform might look like and how it might operate in a viably economic manner, this can include aspects of cyber security and privacy as well as other
  • economic considerations
  • explain how you will engage potential end users to develop a commercially viable use case and examine how to commercialise data, either through a brokerage or through some other mechanism

Your project can address:

  • the mapping of the value chain for data
  • the quality of data
  • validation of data
  • validation of data users
  • how to address the source of data
  • how to build a platform to enable the effective sharing or exchanging of data
  • data security

Specific themes

  • Maritime
  • Rail
  • Automotive
  • Aviation
  • Micromobility
  • Active Travel

Innovate UK will NOT fund projects that:

  • subsidise the cost of accessing data
  • create databases
  • create data for databases
  • involve hardware development
  • involve data sharing or exchanging between platform sensors, for example, inputs from multiple and different types of sensors on a car


Your project must:

  • have total project costs of no more than £250,000
  • last between 6 months and 9 months
  • carry out all of its project work in the UK
  • intend to exploit the results from or in the UK
  • start by 1 May 2024
  • end by 31 January 2025

You could get funding for your eligible project costs of:

  • up to 70% if you are a micro or small organisation
  • up to 60% if you are a medium-sized organisation
  • up to 35% if you are a large organisation
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