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Transport Decarbonisation Demonstrators

Fund Name

Transport Decarbonisation Demonstrators

Project Length

6-10 months

Project Value

£100k - £500k



Innovate UK will work with the Department for Transport (DfT) to invest up to £2 million in projects that will demonstrate innovative solutions which support the decarbonisation of transport systems within a local area.

The aim of this competition is to support innovative R&D solutions that can demonstrate the potential to:

  • reduce transport carbon emissions in local areas
  • facilitate collaboration between Local Authorities (LA) and businesses


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Fund details

Your proposal must:

  • detail the potential to reduce carbon and other harmful emissions from the existing local transport network
  • demonstrate the consideration of a place-based approach and how the solution proposed best meets the needs and attributes of the selected demonstration area
  • identify the Local Authority’s capacity to support and be involved with the project
  • illustrate how the innovation activity fits in with, and will support local strategies or plans, such as a Local Authorities’ Local Transport Plan (LTP) or Net Zero strategy
  • provide evidence of Local Authority senior leadership or senior level support for the proposed activity
  • detail how the solution will be demonstrated

On completion of the funded project, you must submit a report to:

  • quantify how the project supported the overall reduction in transport carbon emissions for the selected region or area
  • identify any positive or negative outcomes or impacts as a result of the trial outside of decarbonisation
  • describe the impact of adopting your local or place-based solution
  • indicate whether the demonstrated solution could be replicated elsewhere and if so, where
  • describe the future of the proposal in and beyond the local demonstration


Your project must:

  • have a grant funding request of between £100,000 to £500,000
  • start on 1 June 2024
  • end by 31 March 2025
  • last between 6 to 10 months
  • carry out all of its project work in the UK
  • intend to exploit the results from or in the UK
  • involve a minimum of two collaborative grant-claiming partners


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