UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £25 million in funding to research new connected and autonomous vehicle technologies and demonstrate them in a real-world trial.
Programme: Innovate UK
Award: Share of up to £25 million
Opens: 25th Jun 2018
Closes: 19th Sep 2018
The Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) is to invest up to £25 million in industry-led projects that develop and then ‘pilot’ CAV services at scale in a UK setting.
This competition will fund collaborative research and development projects.
They expect to fund 2 to 4 high quality projects that can demonstrate UK capability and technologies to a global audience.
Pilot studies are expected to develop and then test connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) in a real-world public or semi-controlled environment, with at least a 6 month public trial. They are looking for ambitious proposals where the commercial benefit is strong and there is a clear route to a commercial operation after the project. As such, the projects should be large enough to test and demonstrate the underlying business and operating model.
Your project must be ambitious in its scale. It must be appropriate for testing and validating:
Your project must focus on a viable business opportunity and operating model. The aim is to develop capabilities which can be introduced as services by 2020 and stay in use for a significant period of time.
Vehicles should be appropriate to the situation they are used in. Projects and trials can be either in an urban, inter-urban or rural setting, or any combination of these.
You must include social behavioural research in your project to learn more about what will help the public accept CAVs. This research must be applied to the development of your service model.
Your service model should improve the efficiency of journeys in terms of times and costs. You must explain how it will benefit users and communities and, where appropriate, link to other modes of transportation.
Your project team must include the organisations you need to develop and scale up the technology, the business model and the delivery of the service.
Your project must:
To lead a project you must:
All projects must be collaborative, business led and conduct their research and development (R&D) in the UK.
To collaborate in a project you must be a UK based:
Projects must last between 18 and 30 months and be completed by 31 March 2022.
Total eligible project costs can range in size from £5 million to £20 million.
Your project can focus on industrial research or experimental development. This will depend on the challenge.
For industrial research, 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:
They will not fund projects: