Net Zero Mobility: Feasibility studies for optimal data exchange

UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £3m for the development of data sharing or data exchanging technologies.

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Your project’s total costs must be no more than £250,000 (no minimum cost). Up to 70% of costs can be covered, depending on business size.


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Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation will engage with industry to invest up to £3 million in innovation projects.

As part of the Future Economy Net Zero programme, this competition will focus on digital technologies. This programme will support the government’s drive for zero emission transport and systems as part of the net zero commitment for 2050.

The aim of this competition, as part of the Innovate UK funded net zero mobility programme, is to understand and overcome the barriers for data sharing or data exchanging in transport.

Your project’s total costs must be no more than £250,000. There is no minimum total project cost.

Your project can focus on one or more of: maritime, rail, automotive, aviation, micromobility, or active travel (walking/cycling/wheelchair use).

  • To lead a project, your organisation must:

    • be a UK registered business of any size, academic institution, research and technology organisation, charity, not for profit organisation or public sector organisation
    • collaborate with other UK registered organisations
    • include a grant claiming business within your consortium

    An organisation can lead on any number of applications and can be included as a collaborator in any number of applications. If you are involved in more than one application you must provide evidence that you can deliver more than one project at the same time.

  • Your project must:

    • have total project costs of no more than £250,000
    • last between 6 months and 9 months
    • carry out all of its project work in the UK
    • intend to exploit the results from or in the UK
    • start by 1 May 2024
    • end by 31 January 2025

    This competition has a fixed spending term and all grant funding must be claimed by 31 March 2025.

  • The aim of this competition, as part of the Innovate UK funded net zero mobility programme, is to understand and overcome the barriers for data sharing or data exchanging in transport.

    We will fund collaborative feasibility studies covering the optimal sharing of data or the exchanging of transport data. You project must demonstrate significant improvements in overcoming the barriers to the sharing or exchanging of data. These include:

    • lack of incentives to share data
    • lack of knowledge
    • lack of data standards
    • commercial, ethical, and reputational risks
    • legal and regulatory risks
    • costs of data access
    • security and privacy

    Further information on these barriers to data sharing can be found at Increasing access to data held across the economy.

    Your project can address the sharing or exchanging of data between platforms, vehicles, people, freight and infrastructure.

    You are encouraged to apply your knowledge and capability to adjacent transport sectors. Your project can demonstrate the data exchange between any mode of transport, either within a mode or across different modes, for example just within maritime or across micromobility and rail transport modes.

    Your project must:

    • demonstrate a need for data sharing for example a data owner or a problem owner
    • demonstrate what a potential data sharing or data exchange platform might look like and how it might operate in a viably economic manner, this can include aspects of cyber security and privacy as well as other economic considerations
    • explain how you will engage potential end users to develop a commercially viable use case and examine how to commercialise data, either through a brokerage or through some other mechanism
  • Your project can address:

    • the mapping of the value chain for data
    • the quality of data
    • validation of data
    • validation of data users
    • how to address the source of data
    • how to build a platform to enable the effective sharing or exchanging of data
    • data security

    Your project must focus on one or more of the following transport sectors:


    All sizes and categories of vessel are in scope including commercial and leisure vessels.


    All locomotive classes are in scope including passenger and freight carrying services.


    All vehicle classes are in scope, including on and off-road vehicles, construction vehicles, special use vehicles for example emergency vehicles such as ambulances and fire engines, refuse collection vehicles and recreational vehicles for example motor homes.


    Drones, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), advanced air mobility (AAM), civil aerospace.


    All classes of micromobility solutions are in scope.

    Active Travel

    All modes are in scope including walking, wheelchair use and cycling.

  • Innovate UK KTN held an online briefing on 11th October: click here to view the recording.

    If you would like help to find a project partner, contact Innovate UK KTN’s Transport team or Net Zero team.


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