UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £25 million for late-stage R&D projects that help accelerate the UK towards a net zero automotive future.
Award: Share of up to £25 million
Opens: 15th Jan 2024
Closes: 13th Mar 2024
The Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) collaborates with UK government, the automotive industry and academia, to accelerate the industrialisation of technologies, digital optimisation and manufacturing processes. These processes support the UK’s transition to a net zero automotive industry.
With APC’s in depth knowledge and expertise in new propulsion technologies, their role in building and advising projects will support them to start quickly. Projects supported will deliver increased value, safeguard skilled jobs and keep the UK competitive.
We are working to drive innovation and encourage collaboration to build the foundations for a successful and sustainable UK automotive value and supply chain.
The aim of this competition is for collaborative R&D projects that design, develop and manufacture technology. These proposals will work towards delivering net-zero on-vehicle technologies for on-road or off-road vehicles, including 2 wheelers.
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:
You are encouraged to disseminate your results to bring benefit to the wider UK automotive industry.
We want to fund a variety of projects across different technologies, markets, technological maturities and research categories.
You must consider which of the technologies listed below best represent your project. If you are using multiple technologies, 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 have a significance and impact ranking of 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:
Projects must always start on the first of the month and this must be stated within your application. Your project start date will be reflected in your grant offer letter if you are successful.
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:
More information on the different types of organisation can be found in our Funding rules.
Academic institutions and research organisations cannot lead.
To collaborate with the lead, your organisation must be a UK registered:
Non UK registered businesses and research organisations are only eligible to apply for funding if:
A company registration number starting with a FC or BR is not considered as a UK registered business and not eligible to apply for funding.
Each partner organisation must be invited into the Innovation Funding Service by the lead to collaborate on a project. Once partners have accepted the invitation, they will be asked to login or to create an account in the Innovation Funding Service. They are responsible for entering their own project costs in the application.
To be an eligible collaboration, the lead and at least one other organisation must apply for funding when entering their costs into the application.
Your project can include partners that do not receive any of this competition’s funding, for example non-UK businesses. Their costs must be entered in the finance section of the application and will count towards the total project costs.
Subcontractors are allowed in this competition.
Subcontractors can be from anywhere in the UK and you must select them through your usual procurement process.
You can use subcontractors from overseas but must make the case in your application as to why you could not use suppliers from the UK.
You must provide a detailed rationale, evidence of the potential UK contractors you approached and the reasons why they were unable to work with you. We will not accept a cheaper cost as a sufficient reason to use an overseas subcontractor.
All subcontractor costs must be justified and appropriate to the total project costs.
Number of applications
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.
APC are not funding projects that are:
APC cannot fund projects that are:
Up to £25 million has been allocated by APC to fund innovation projects in this competition. Funding will be in the form of a grant.
The UK government invests up to £75 million per annum through the APC, in collaborative research and development (CR&D) projects.
These are pre-production projects and you must apply for the minimum amount of APC funding required to make your project viable.
Your total grant funding request must be no more than £20 million and no more than 50% of your total project costs. This is regardless of your individual partners’ grant claims.
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.