Commercialising Connected and Automated Mobility: Deployments

Key Features

UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £40 million of CCAV competition funding, supporting new automated transport service projects.

Programme:     Innovate UK

Award:     Share of up to £40 million

Opens: 23rd May 2022

Closes: 20th Jul 2022

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Overview

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will work with the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) to invest up to £41.5 million in innovation projects across two competition strands.

The aim of this competition is to support the CCAV ambition to progress technologies, products and services into commercial offerings.

Scope

In this strand: Commercialising Connected and Automated Mobility: Deployments, your project must develop a new automated passenger or goods service to the point of commercial deployment.

If you are developing a passenger service, your project must improve on and integrate into existing transport systems. It must enhance how the public move and encourage active transport and public journeys, wherever appropriate.

If your project uses public roads it must comply with the Department for Transport (DfT) Code of Practice: Automated Vehicle Trialling, relevant standards for safety and security. You must work with DfT and its agencies to audit your safety and security cases before on-road trials or service deployments begin.

You must also explain how the service could be improved or expanded in the future, as technology and legislation develops.

In line with the Government’s decarbonisation goals, vehicle procurement costs, whether capital or otherwise, will only be eligible for zero emission vehicles.

Specific Themes

Your project must focus on one or more of the following four listed options in commercial connected and automated mobility deployments:

Logistics services

  • in public spaces to which the public have access
  • in private spaces to which the public do not have access

Passenger services

  • in public spaces to which the public have access
  • in private spaces to which the public do not have access

You must ensure that you will comply with all legal requirements in your chosen deployment areas. It is your responsibility to take legal advice in this matter.

Exclusions

Innovate UK are not funding projects that:

  • are early stage research into automated driving systems
  • include testing or deployments of drone technologies in public spaces
  • include aircraft or waterborne craft
  • include rail vehicles
  • are dependent on export performance
  • are dependent on domestic inputs usage

Funding Costs

Innovate UK have allocated up to £40 million to fund innovation projects in this strand 1. Funding will be in the form of a grant.

You should apply for the minimum amount of funding required to make your project viable.

The total grant request in your application cannot exceed 50% of the total project costs. This is regardless of the individual partner’s grant claims.

Of that 50%, if the majority of 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.

The total grant request in your application cannot exceed 50% of the total project costs. This is regardless of the individual partner’s grant claims.

For industrial research projects, you could get funding for your eligible project costs of:

  • up to 70% if you are a micro or small organisation
  • up to 60% if you are a medium sized organisation
  • up to 50% if you are a large organisation

For experimental development projects which are nearer to market, you could get funding for your eligible project costs of:

  • up to 45% if you are a micro or small organisation
  • up to 35% if you are a medium sized organisation
  • up to 25% if you are a large organisation

Eligibility

To lead a project your organisation must:

Academic institutions, research organisations and research and technology organisations cannot lead or work alone.

Project team

To collaborate with the lead, your organisation must be one of the following UK registered:

Your project must:

  • start by 1 March 2023
  • end by 31 March 2025
  • carry out all project work in the UK
  • intend to exploit the results from or in the UK
  • work with the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) to ensure compatibility with relevant current and future regulatory compliance

Interested in applying for this competition?

Book an appointment to speak to one of our advisors to discuss your eligibility to apply for this Grant Funding opportunity.