An R&D project spearheaded by the University of Nottingham that aims to establish the Midlands a “Supercluster for net zero transport” is among 17 national projects that will receive funding via the UK Research and Innovation’s (UKRI) Strength in Places Fund.
Each project will receive up to £50,000 to develop full-stage bids for funding similar projects. This will allow the consortia behind the projects to develop their projects and apply for a further £10-50 million each from UKRI later this year.
The Trans-Mid project in Nottingham will partner universities with transport technology businesses, as well local suppliers to the vehicle, aerospace, and rail industries to develop new green products, with the aim of establishing the Midlands as a Supercluster for net zero transport.
The project will form part of the UK’s commitment to carbon neutrality by 2050, creating thousands of new and upskilled jobs.
“We are backing our innovators and with the support they need to turn great ideas into first-class industries, products and technologies,” said Business Secretary, Alok Sharma.
“From virtual construction projects to extracting clean heat from disused mines, the pioneering projects we are funding today will help create jobs and boost skills across the UK as we continue to drive forward our economic recovery.”