Innovate UK, supported by our funders in UK government, is investing in a range of programmes to accelerate innovation in transport.
Between 2022 and 2025 we are delivering nearly £700 million of investment from our partners. These programmes will accelerate technologies that will transform transport over the coming years.
We published our Transport Vision 2050, an in-depth study that sets out what the UK transport system may look like in 2050 and outlines the likely steps along the way to achieving this.
Our transport work is focused on two main themes:
Transport is a major contributor to UK emissions and as we move towards net zero all transport sectors will need to get to zero emissions.
Digital, connectivity and autonomy
These technologies have huge potential benefits to transport efficiency, safety and significant future jobs growth.
Our specific programmes cover transport innovation across:
Advanced Centre Propulsion
We deliver the Advanced Centre Propulsion competitions, funded by the Department for Business and Trade.
UK Shipping Office for reducing Emissions (UK SHORE)
The UK SHORE programme is funded by the Department for Transport (DfT). It is aiming to decarbonise the UK’s maritime sector and supporting a range of zero emission technologies for vessels and in ports, right across the UK. This is a major new programme launched in 2022.
Zero Emission HGV and Infrastructure Demonstrator
We are managing DfT’s ambitious Zero Emissions HGV and Infrastructure Demonstrator. This £200 million investment will support hundreds of zero emission heavy goods vehicles to be demonstrated by major UK companies between 2025 and 2030.
Our rail innovation programmes with DfT, Global Centre for Rail Innovation and HS2 Limited are delivering solutions to improve our railways in areas such as:
- customer experience
- train operations and maintenance
Our funded projects include businesses, small and large, academics and innovators to develop technologies and bring them to market, tackling important challenges such as reducing the emissions from the transport sector.
We work closely with other parts of UKRI and related programmes such as: