Innovation grants

At Transurban we are committed to investing in innovative projects that help address challenges in the transport and infrastructure areas. Through our Transurban Innovation Grants program we offer up to $100,000 to universities and research organisations to fund projects in these areas.

How to apply

Transurban’s FY17 Innovation Grant program is now closed, with grant recipients announced in August.

We expect to open for a new round of Innovation Grant applications in 2018.

For more information about the Transurban Innovation Grants program email

2017 Innovation Grant recipients

The successful 2017 Transurban Innovation Grant recipients and research projects are:

  • University of Melbourne for research into a speed sensor with LED lights, which once attached to the road surface could provide real-time customised signals encouraging speeding drivers to slow down.
  • Imagine IM for a trial of a pressure sensor made from graphene that, when constructed into the motorway surface, would enable a ‘smarter’ road capable of reporting on traffic density, weight, volume and road surface condition.
  • Deakin University for the development of a high-energy absorbing overlay made of recycled plastic and textile fibres to cover roadside wire rope barriers, with the aim of reducing injury severity in crashes involving motorcyclists.

2016 Innovation Grant recipient

Transurban has awarded RMIT the 2016 Innovation Grant to trial cutting-edge technology to determine whether noise cancellation and transformation can create meaningful impacts for residents who live near motorway sound walls.

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2015 Innovation Grant recipient

The University of Newcastle (UoN) was awarded the 2015 grant to develop a revolutionary, new material for road safety barriers. While road safety has improved dramatically in recent times, it is still a major problem on our roads. The team from UoN are working on a new material for road safety barriers that is stronger and lighter and could have the ability to better cushion collision impacts.

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