The competition is open to UK registered micro and SME companies active in the niche vehicle technology sector.
Programme: Niche Vehicle
Award: Share of up to £35,000
Opens: 7th Sep 2022
Closes: 17th Oct 2022
Sponsored by the Department for Transport (DfT) and supported by the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA), Zemo Partnership (Zemo) and Innovate UK, the Niche Vehicle Zero Emission PLV Feasibility Studies Competition provides grant funding of up £35,000 to undertake 3-month duration desktop research and/or preliminary investigation activities aimed at supporting the accelerated development of innovative vehicle technologies applicable to road going Zero Emission Powered Light Vehicles (PLV). More commonly referred to as ‘Category L’ vehicles – this encompasses mopeds, motorbikes, trikes and quadricycle vehicle types.
Applications into this competition must be able to articulate how they will support the high-level objectives of accelerated development of new on-road zero emission niche PLV vehicles and/or solutions to deliver increased zero emission PLV vehicle range. For clarity, Niche Vehicle are not looking to fund projects primarily focussed on off-board vehicle charging systems or solutions in this competition.
Areas for investigation could include the following on-board vehicle technology themes:
* Must be able to demonstrate significant vehicle-level benefits to range extension, reduced energy consumption and/or negating the weight impact of adopting zero emissions propulsion systems
For zero emission vehicles included in this competition, please see here.
Please make sure that your project meets the following eligibility criteria:
Successful applicants must also be able to pass a financial due diligence check before funding can be awarded.
Maximum total project costs – £50,000
Maximum total project grant – £35,000
Grant intervention rate – 70%
Total number of partners (including lead) – single applicants only
Maximum level of subcontracting cost – 40%
Maximum level of capital cost – 10%
The following technologies are specifically out of scope and ineligible for funding in this competition stream:
Funding is restricted to on-board vehicle technologies applicable to powered, wheeled road-going zero emission UK PLV niche vehicles.
The following vehicle types are out of scope for this competition:
Book an appointment to speak to one of our advisors to discuss your eligibility to apply for this Grant Funding opportunity.