18 Jul 2017

TBAT won over £8m for clients in the APC 7!

Matt Symonds

During the last funding competition from the Advanced Propulsion Centre – the APC 7, we won over £8m in funding for our clients, which we feel very proud to have assisted in.

Without a doubt, our background certainly helped with this success.  Our team has a varied set of backgrounds (including mechanical/aero engineering, opto-electronic research, through to economics with organisations such as Rolls-Royce, Bombardier Transportation, Toshiba Research, BAE Systems and Alstom Power) and with all of this under our TBAT belt, we’re extremely excited about the launch of APC 8.

The APC is continuing to drive low-carbon propulsion innovation with Innovate UK through its latest funding competition, APC 8: Anchoring low-carbon technology in the UK – Accelerating sustainable change. They are now welcoming applications from consortia with low-carbon propulsion research and development projects that can deliver significant reductions in vehicle CO2 or other harmful emissions

APC 8 is seeking proposals for collaborative research and development projects that demonstrate the development of technologies based around one or more of the following technology areas:

  • Alternative propulsion systems
  • Electric machines and power electronics
  • Energy storage and energy management
  • Lightweight vehicle and powertrain structures
  • Thermal Propulsion System

To read more about the competition, click here.

With both the APC and Innovate UK working hard to ensure the UK stays ahead of the curve in the automotive and mobility industry landscape, that’s developing at an astonishing pace, we expect the standard of applications to be of an exceptional one.

Right now, technology developments and social change are bringing about a transformation in the transport industry not seen since the invention of the combustion engine. Breakthroughs in connectivity, automation, propulsion and our willingness to share are fundamentally changing our relationship with cars.

The opportunities for successful innovation through market success are immense. But, with opportunities come challenges, such as shifting consumer demands, and cyber threats.

To ensure you’re project is ready for the magnitude of APC 8, we recommend:

Consider, do you have time? The APC advises that – based on their applicant data – the process for developing and submitting a bid can take in excess of 20 calendar weeks. Although projects can vary greatly– you need to make sure you allow enough time and resource to put together a thorough and coherent bid

Be aware of the application process.  The process for developing a bid varies between organisations and technology sectors, but typically involves:

  • Consortia development
  • Project definition
  • Bid preparation & scoping
  • Bid writing and submission

Its far better to have the right application than a rushed one. APC 8 is the eighth of a regular series of grant competitions run by The Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) opening at approximately six-monthly intervals throughout the year. So do not feel it is now or never.

After our success in APC 7, we are looking for organisations seeking to fund their collaborative R&D projects via APC 8 funding.  If this competition sounds of interest, then please get in touch to discuss your projects further.

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