DfT Horizons - completed [10 April 2013]

The objective of this responsive programme was to alert and inform the Department about long-term potential opportunities and risks to achieving its policy and operational objectives. Innovative thinking on opportunities and challenges beyond conventional planning was required. The research will identified and investigated areas where change in the external environment (eg technological advance, social trends, environmental or economic challenges) could affect the policies or operation of DfT. Following the First Call in November 2003 the programme supported six projects, while the Second Call in February 2005 approved funding for three projects investigating the handling and analysis of large datasets. The Third Call for proposals in December 2005 approved funding for five projects investigating the infrastructure requirements of hydrogen-fuelled transport.