UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £30 million for UK-developed late stage R&D, to support growth in advanced low carbon propulsion capability in the automotive sector.
Programme: Innovate UK
Award: Share of up to £30 million
Opens: 13th Jan 2020
Closes: 4th Mar 2020
The Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) invests up to £30 million, 3 times a year, in collaborative research and development (R&D) projects. These are pre-production match-funded projects. In this round APC is investing £30 million.
The aim of this competition is to seek proposals for collaborative R&D projects. These should demonstrate the development of on-vehicle technologies (including material, product and manufacturing processes) for on or off-road vehicles.
The project must focus on or relate to one or more of the following strategic technology themes. You must determine which technology or technologies best represent your project:
Your project must either:
Your proposal must clearly align with the UK’s Industrial Strategy and must clearly demonstrate how high value R&D will take place in the UK as a result of this funding.
APC is particularly looking for projects that support the UK’s long-term supply chain, associated capabilities and growth aspirations. This includes improving productivity and competitiveness in the design, build and manufacture of vehicles that are capable of low and zero tailpipe emissions.
Your project must support the growth of these technologies, creating more jobs and capability throughout the UK supply chain.
Your application must demonstrate a positive impact on the UK economy. This can include projects that will make a major investment in:
Your project can either focus directly on improving the MRL, or it can create manufacturing processes or supply chain enhancements that will lead to an improved MRL.
APC will consider projects focussed on reducing carbon dioxide or improving air quality from advanced internal combustion engines, especially those using clean fuels. Projects focusing solely on clean fuels are out of scope.
To lead a project you must:
Academic institutions or research organisations cannot lead projects.
To collaborate with the lead your organisation must:
Non-UK based companies and research organisations are eligible to apply for funding if they:
Your project can include partners that do not receive any of this competition’s funding, for example non-UK businesses. Their costs will count towards the total eligible project costs.
APC have allocated up to £30 million to match-fund innovation projects in this competition.
Your project’s total eligible costs must be 50% match funded and between £5 million and £40 million.
Projects can last between 18 and 42 months.
Organisations primarily engaged in commercial or economic activity (known as selective advantage) as part of the project must ensure their request for funding does not exceed the limits defined below. This includes organisations that typically act non-economically but for the purpose of this project will undertake commercial or economic activity.
The total grant request in your application cannot exceed 50% of the total eligible project costs, of which:
You must request the minimum amount of funding needed for your project.
The percentage of costs you can claim varies depending on:
For industrial research projects, you could get funding for your eligible project costs of:
For experimental development projects which are nearer to market, you could get funding for your eligible project costs of: