Connected and autonomous vehicles 3: feasibility studies

Key Features

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £2 million to research and develop new connected and autonomous vehicle technologies.

Programme:     Innovate UK & The Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV)

Award:     Up to £175k

Opens: 25th Jul 2017

Closes: 25th Oct 2017

! This scheme is now closed

Projects need to come up with technical solutions for connected and autonomous vehicle features that provide real-world benefits to users. This includes how these vehicles will work as part of a wider transport or off-road system, and the business models that will enable them. Proposals are sought where the commercial benefit is clear.

Collaborative feasibility study

Projects should apply innovative thinking to real-world problems. At the end, projects should be ready to continue into future collaborative R&D competitions. Or they should be able to raise private sector investment to take the technology to market.

Projects must:

  • focus on on-highway vehicles or PODs (L, M or N category vehicles), or off highway vehicles
  • support the development of solutions for SAE level 4 automation and above, if focused on delivering autonomy (either directly or supporting autonomy through connectivity)
  • include a final report and a dissemination plan
  • support the principle of shared learning with other projects. This will include involvement in workshops, organised every 6 months by Innovate UK and CCAV
    Specific competition themes

This is an open collaborative R&D competition, based on the parameters stated above.


To lead a project you must:

  • be a UK-based business
  • be a business of any size
  • carry out your project in the UK
  • work in collaboration with others (businesses, research base and third sector)

Funding and project details

Up to £2m has been allocated to fund innovation projects in this competition.

Projects should focus on one or both of the following areas:

  • connectivity
  • autonomy (SAE level 4 and above)

This competition focuses on collaborative feasibility studies.

Projects are expected to last 12 to 18 months.

Total project costs can be up to £250,000.

For feasibility studies you could get up to 70% of your eligible project costs if you are an SME.