Frequently Asked Questions

How can I apply for the FTVG initiative?

The first step is to complete an Expression of Interest form, this will help us to form you into collaborative groups to take forward research ideas.

When can I apply for the FTVG initiative?

We will keep our Expressions of Interest forms open all year, but the main time for applications is throughout the summer period, by the end of September.

Who is FTVG aimed at?

Participants in the FTVG are intended to be emerging career professionals in the first ten years of their career. It is aimed at those that may not readily have the same resources or platforms as more senior professionals.

Is there an age limit?

Anybody in the first ten years of their career can take part, regardless of age.

I have my own research idea I want to take forward, can I progress this on my own?

The FTVG is intended to be a collaborative initiative that fosters cross-sector networks. Your idea can be discussed in one of our group forums and potentially be taken forward as a group project.

I don’t have a research idea, can I still take part?

Yes, after you complete your expression of interest form, we will invite you to one of our collaboration forums where you can meet like-minded individuals and choose a project you want to get involved with.

I have a research idea that my colleagues and I are keen to progress, can we submit a group application?

The FTVG is intended to foster cross-sector collaboration and we will ensure all groups include a mixture of people from different organisations and sectors. Each member of your group will need to complete individual Expression of Interest forms so we can obtain your contact details for organising the forums.

What happens at the Collaboration Forums?

The forums are intended to encourage cross-sector collaboration between people who have similar ideas. Over the course of the forum, you will be encouraged to debate and discuss your initial ideas and transform these into deliverable project ideas. This may mean splitting into several project groups based on the number of ideas that emerge.

What happens once I’ve joined a project group?

Your project group will be responsible for refining your idea into a definable project and funding request. This will be submitted to the FTVG Steering Group for consideration.

Will my project be considered if it doesn’t require a funding contribution?

Yes, the FTVG Steering Group will assess your application based on the other project criteria.

What level of funding is available for individual groups?

Funding will be allocated by the FTVG Steering Group and the level of funding will be dependent on the number of groups taking part. Our working assumption is that funding requests will be less than £10,000 each.

How likely is it my project will be funded?

This will depend on the number of submissions received and the amount of funding requested. The FTVG Steering Group will be responsible for all funding decisions.

What happens if my project is not approved?

Your group will be given feedback and you are welcome to progress your project independently, however you would not be eligible for FTVG funding or consideration for our awards.

What is the FTVG funding intended to cover?

This depends on your project and the outcomes you’re seeking to achieve. You may wish to spend it on developing a product, or commissioning a survey. Essentially it is intended to cover expenses that you and your group would otherwise struggle to fund yourself.

How much time should I spend on my FTVG project?

This is largely down to you and your group, depending on how complex your project might be. Your FTVG project should not detract from your day-to-day responsibilities and is largely expected to be undertaken in your own time. We recommend speaking to your employer as some may allow you to use in-work time on professional development.

Can the FTVG cover time spent on my project?

Some contributions for time spent on the project can be considered, but it is expected your projects will largely be developed in your spare time. You will need to make arrangements with your employer to bill your time out to the initiative and FTVG will not be responsible for any level of overspend on your project.

Can I ask for more funding over the course of my project?

Your funding will be monitored by our steering group and it will be possible to request small extensions of funding if needed. You are ultimately responsible for ensuring your project finishes within budget as FTVG will not be liable for any overspend.

How long do I have to complete my project?

You’ll have between 3-4 months to complete the project before submissions are collated by the Steering Group. If your project is delayed, you may not be considered for the final awards.

What happens after I’ve submitted my project?

All groups who reach this stage will be invited to present their findings at a forum session in spring 2021. Your project will also be considered by the Steering Group for the “Outstanding Submission” Award, which will be announced at the forum.

What happens to my research findings?

These will be published on the FTVG website and are intended to help advance the wider transport sector. You and your group will be credited for your work.

What is the prize for winning the “Outstanding Submission” Award?

The FTVG will fund a prize for you and your group, although the form this prize takes will largely be dictated by the extent to which social distancing measures are in place as a result of COVID-19. We will release further details in due course.