Registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £1 billion for capital centric investment projects that help industrialise the electrified automotive supply chain at scale in the UK.
Programme: Innovate UK
Award: Share of up to £1 billion
Opens: 6th Dec 2021
Closes: 12th Jan 2022
The Automotive Transformation Fund (ATF) is an Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) programme that aims to establish a competitive and sustainable UK supply chain.
It offers a share of up to £1billion of funding for capital and associated industrial research projects. This will be to support the industrialisation of a high value, electrified automotive supply at scale in the UK.
This is an expression of interest (EoI) competition. You must have a successful application in this competition before you can be invited to apply to the full stage competition.
Your project must support the industrialisation at scale of an electrified automotive supply chain. It must be appropriate and in proportion to the planned objectives and prioritisation of the Automotive Transformation Fund (ATF).
You should be looking to transform the automotive industry through significant business or production expansion. We expect your project to be centred around a product, process or technology that you have already demonstrated and have confirmed as technically and economically feasible.
Your application can be for:
Your proposal must prioritise the scale up in areas mentioned in the Automotive Transformation Strategy for an electrified supply chain. Your project must prioritise scale up and can focus on but is not limited to:
Your project must:
Only projects which score well against these criteria will receive funding from the ATF.
The ATF will prioritise support to projects that:
Your project can focus on one or more of the following:
Batteries including cells (’gigafactories’)
Electric motors and drives
Upstream Supply Chain including:
Innovate UK are not funding projects that:
Innovate UK are not funding capital investment that:
Innovate UK are not funding associated R&D activity for:
Innovate UK will not award you funding if you have:
Innovate UK are not funding projects that are only R&D.
Your total eligible project costs and project duration must be strongly aligned to the Automotive Transformation Fund.
To lead a project or work alone your organisation must:
To collaborate with the lead, your organisation must be one of the following:
Subcontractors are allowed in this competition.
You can make more than one application.
You can use a previously submitted application to apply for this competition.
We have allocated a share of up to £1billion to fund capital focused projects in this competition.
Capital investment projects
Capital investment projects will be managed through the BEIS Central Grants & Loans Team. For capital investment projects the grant available is dependent on the proposed project and will be determined during the second stage of the application process.
The grant requested should be the minimum required to ensure sustainability of the investment. Funding levels for associated R&D costs are dependent on the size of your organisation. Further information on the process will be provided at the full stage.
Research organisation participation is allowed where research is integral to your capital centric project.
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%, research and technology organisations in the consortium could get funding for their eligible project costs of up to: