UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £20 million for late-stage R&D projects that help accelerate the UK towards a net zero automotive future.
Award: Share of up to £20 million
Opens: 16th Jan 2023
Closes: 15th Mar 2023
The Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) provides funding, support, insight and foresight for the development of low emission transport solutions, and automotive technologies. It aims to support the UK’s transition towards net zero product manufacturing and supply chain in the UK automotive sector.
In this competition round APC is investing up to £20 million.
APC are looking for collaborative, pre-production research and development (R&D) projects that:
Projects must look to fulfil both these criteria to ensure the UK meets the future demand of vehicle makers and users, strengthening UK’s global impact and, anchoring the value-add across the whole supply chain.
The aim of this competition is to seek proposals for collaborative R&D projects that design, develop and manufacture technology that will work towards delivering net zero carbon emission on-vehicle technologies for on-road or off-road vehicles.
Your project must:
Your project must advance technologies in one or more of the following areas:
The economic benefit of your project will be assessed on criteria including but not limited to:
Your proposal must evidence:
Projects will be encouraged to disseminate their results to bring benefit to the wider UK automotive industry.
You must consider which technology or technologies best represent your project and rank them in order of their significance and impact to your project. The one ranked first must be the lead technology.
Your lead technology must be at least 50%. You can also rank up to an additional two supporting technologies that can have a maximum of 25% each.
Your percentages must add up to 100%.
Your project must:
You must only include eligible project costs in your application.
Under current restrictions, this competition will not fund any procurement, commercial, business development or supply chain activity with any Russian and Belarusian entity as lead, partner or subcontractor. This includes any goods or services originating from a Russian and Belarusian source.
To lead a project your organisation must:
Academic institutions and research organisations cannot lead projects.
You must involve at least one micro, small or medium-sized enterprise (SME).
Non UK registered businesses and research organisations are only eligible to apply for funding if:
Each partner organisation must be invited into the Innovation Funding Service by the lead to collaborate on a project.
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 project costs.
Subcontractors are allowed in this competition.
There is no limit on the number of applications an organisation can be involved in.
You can use a previously submitted application to apply for this competition, however you can only submit the same application twice, without a material change.
APC are not funding projects that are:
APC cannot fund projects that are:
The Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) invests up to £75 million per annum, in collaborative research and development (CR&D) projects.
These are pre-production projects and applicants should apply for the minimum amount of APC funding required to make the project viable. The total project grant request must be no more than £20 million and no more than 50% of your total project costs. This is regardless of the individual partners’ grant claims.
In this round APC is investing £20 million.
A minimum of 70% of your projects total project costs must be incurred by commercial organisations.
If your organisation’s work on the project is commercial or economic, your funding request must not exceed the limits below. These limits apply even if your organisation normally acts non-economically but for the purpose of this project will be undertaking commercial or economic activity.
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:
The research organisations undertaking non-economic activity as part of the project can share up to 30% of the total eligible project costs. If your consortium contains more than one research organisation undertaking non-economic activity, this maximum is shared between them. Of that 30% you could get funding for your eligible project costs of up to:
Advanced Propulsion Centre levy
A 3.5% levy is payable to the APC by all partners on grant received.
Book an appointment to speak to one of our advisors to discuss your eligibility to apply for this Grant Funding opportunity.