Nottingham-led green transport project receives Government backing

A University of Nottingham-led research and development project aimed at establishing the Midlands as a “supercluster” for net zero transport is one of 17 research projects across the UK which will receive up to £50,000 each to drive local economic growth, provide skills training and create high-value jobs.

Through the second round of UK Research and Innovation’s (UKRI) flagship Strength in Places Fund, each project will be able to apply for a further longer-term investment of £10-50m later this year if the early stages of development are successful.

Trans- Mid, led by the University of Nottingham, which will partner universities with transport technology businesses, as well as 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 Government says the project will form part of the UK’s commitment to carbon neutrality by 2050, creating thousands of new and upskilled jobs.

Business Secretary Alok Sharma said: “We are backing our innovators and with the support they need to turn great ideas into first-class industries, products and technologies.

“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.”