Funding competition: innovation in cycling and walking

Organisations can apply for a share of up to £470,000 for innovative proposals that encourage more journeys by bicycle or on foot.

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This competition is no longer open and the winners were announced in March 2018. The cycling and walking section has greater information on current funding opportunities.



The competition opened on 19 April 2017 and is now closed for registrations.

The Department for Transport (DfT) will fund up to £470,000 for innovative projects that lead to more walking and cycling.

Proposals will tackle current barriers and encourage more journey stages to be made by bicycle or on foot. Innovations may include, for example, technology, infrastructure, manufacturing or behavioural change.

The competition is open to individuals, groups and organisations. It is particularly suitable for early-stage, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Industry partners such as local government, independent and third sectors can carry out the project on their own or with others.

This competition has 2 phases. Up to £170,000 is allocated for phase 1, and up to £300,000 for phase 2.

  • phase 1: proof of concept. Projects should last up to 15 weeks and range in size up to a total cost of £25,000 each
  • phase 2: demonstrator projects. Projects should last up to 9 months. They can range in size up to a total cost of £100,000 per project

This is a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI).

You must register before midday on 7 June 2017.

You must apply before midday on 14 June 2017.

Contact customer support services on or call 0300 321 4357 with any questions.

Not right for your innovation project? View other Innovate UK funding competitions.

Published 19 April 2017
Last updated 31 May 2017 + show all updates
  1. Removed reference to Je-S form.

  2. Updated close date in the guidance for applicants.

  3. Link updated from draft to published cycling and walking investment strategy.

  4. Removed information on briefing webinar due to cancellation and added contact for customer support services.

  5. Updated and amended webinar date and link. Updated and amended competition aims in the brief.

  6. First published.