This fast-start competition has £10 million in funding from the Advanced Propulsion Centre UK, to encourage UK industry to resume R&D after the Covid-19 pandemic, further accelerating the transition to zero-emission vehicles.
Award: Share of up to £10 million
Opens: 6th Jul 2020
Closes: 7th Aug 2020
The purpose of this fast start competition is to encourage UK industry to resume R&D after the Covid-19 pandemic, further accelerating the transition to zero emission vehicles.
The APC are looking for collaborative, business led late stage R&D projects that will demonstrate advanced propulsion technologies.
The output of these projects must be in the form of a physical demonstrator. Capability demonstration can be through a physical vehicle, or physical sub-systems that can be operated or displayed at the Cenex Low Carbon Vehicle event in 2021, as a key element of the dissemination requirements.
Applications must explain how technology development will be significantly accelerated through their project and must clearly describe how these products or processes could be brought to market.
The development, deployment and demonstration of digitalisation and an understanding of how digital twins could be used in supporting the accelerated development cycle, are strongly encouraged, and projects that demonstrate correlation of digital models with actual physical demonstrator performance may be given priority.
Project applications need to demonstrate how grant for their project will result in accelerated development of their product and a potential route to market. The development and realisation of the demonstrator needs to focus on future vehicle powertrain technology themes.
Vehicle applications in scope can include on and off road, agriculture, heavy duty/mining and military (including 2 wheelers).
Projects are expected to:
Projects must show a clear plan for a route to market, scalability or provide a competitive advantage for the UK against other competing markets.
The Competition is open to all UK based businesses and will provide funding to the low carbon vehicle technology sector. The primary application for technologies or processes developed through this competition should be for the automotive sector but cross sector application is valuable.
Their costs will count towards the total project costs but they will not count as collaborators.
APC has £10 million funding available, for projects as part of this funding call.
In any project, a maximum of 30% of total grant request is available to research organisations and universities involved.
Any UK business claiming funding must be eligible to receive state aid at the time you receive an award of funding.
The percentage of costs you can claim varies depending on:
For industrial research projects, the state aid intensities of eligible project costs are:
For experimental development projects which are nearer to market, the state aid intensities of eligible project costs are:
Once successfully concluded these 12 month projects can be used to seed future development programmes in the UK, or overseas’ investment into the UK.