Innovation Challenge Fund (ICF)

As part of the Department for Transport’s innovation funding we are launching a new grant scheme, the Innovation Challenge Fund.

The purpose of the scheme is to help support and develop innovations that use or enable science, engineering and technology to address specified DfT policy goals. This could be the implementation of a new idea or applying existing ideas to a different sector or market.

Grants of up to £90,000 are available to businesses including those that are micro, small or medium-sized, academia or other organisations. Grants can fund up to 100% of the cost of a project (dependent on the type and size of the organisation and category of research being undertaken), with up to 30% of the grant available at the beginning of the project.

ICF competitions

This December 2016 ICF scheme includes three separate competitions to support development of technologies, methods or processes to help address DfT policy goals on:

  • realising the benefits from unmanned and remotely piloted aircraft systems (drones)
  • doubling cycling by 2025
  • improving driver training

How to apply

UK-based research organisations or businesses of any size can apply for ICF funding. To apply:

• download the documents to the right and read them carefully
• email your completed application form to by the deadline below

Register for a webinar

We will be holding briefing webinars hosted by the Knowledge Transfer Network. Please register below.

ICF webinar – 11 January 2017 from 9:30 to 11:30 (GMT)

Webinar recording

View a recording of Thursday 5 January 2017 webinar

 Dates and Deadlines

Competition opens 21 December 2016
Briefing webinars 5 and 11 January 2017
Availability of webinar recording by 13 January 2017
Competition closes, application deadline 23:59 13 February 2017