Future Fuels for Flight and Freight Competition (F4C)

Key Features

The F4C was launched by the Department for Transport (DfT) to promote the development of an advanced low carbon fuels industry within the UK, including supplier capabilities and skills in relevant technologies, while maximising value for money for the taxpayer.


Programme:     F4C by the Department for Transport (DfT)

Award:     A share of £20m

Opens: 27th Apr 2017

Closes: 30th Jul 2017

! This scheme is now closed

The F4C will provide up to £20m in capital grant funding over 3 years (2018-21) for major demonstration projects providing transformative and innovative solutions. The F4C will also provide up to £2m of Project Development Funding in 2017-18 to support the development of proposals.

The F4C will therefore operate in two stages; Stage One (Project Development) and Stage Two (Capital Funding).

The deadline for Stage One applications has been postponed until after 30 June 2017. Confirmation of the new application deadline will be updated once available.

You must pass Stage One to be eligible for Stage Two. Stage One is a detailed application stage where your project will be reviewed by the Expert Selection Panel. This is an essential step of the competition process.


The key objectives of the competition are:

  • To increase domestic production of advanced low carbon fuels capable of tackling emissions from the hard-to-decarbonise aviation and HGV sectors in pursuit of long-term UK decarbonisation targets.
  • To stimulate investment and create jobs through the development of a prosperous domestic industry.

The objectives of the Department for Transport (DfT)  for projects within the competition are:

  • Technology demonstration: deliver meaningful technical, route to market, and/or supply chain innovation.
  • Fuel production: produce a sufficient quantity of fuel for testing or sale at a scale appropriate for the fuel type.
  • Commercial potential: have a clear strategy for commercialising the technology and the products, demonstrating the potential for significant value to the UK.
  • Emissions reduction: demonstration of significant greenhouse gas reduction vs fossil fuel, and the highest standards of sustainability.
  • Project execution: bring together a team with the necessary expertise and experience to deliver the project according to its objectives.

To find out more about this competition and how we can best assist your project, please get in touch.