The Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) will work with Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, to invest up to £16 million in research and development (R&D) projects.
Across IDP 15, Innovate UK are looking to fund projects that address one or more of the following technical areas:
- power electronics, machines and drives
- energy storage and energy management
- lightweight vehicle and powertrain structures
- highly disruptive zero emission technologies
They would like to see projects which include or focus on advances in power electronics, machines and drives for automotive applications.
Technologies in scope include:
- the electrification of conventional powertrains in passenger cars, such as waste heat recovery systems and hybridisation
- e-powertrains solutions where the project does not include costs related to any conventional engine R&D work
- minor costs related to integration of a zero emission technology with a conventional engine for demonstration purposes
- hydrogen projects where the technology focuses on fuel cell development or the use of hydrogen for the production of electricity
Hybridisation technologies must focus solely on increasing the capability of the electrified or non-internal combustion engine element of the powertrain.
- develop on-vehicle technology, speeding up its introduction to the market
- focus on highly integrated vehicle systems and cost reduction
- justify how the technology achieves overall vehicle efficiency as individual part or component improvement is not in scope, unless there is also consideration of overall system impact
- validate the technology in a relevant environment, such as a mule or adapted current production vehicle
- define appropriate representative real-world operating conditions, and a suitable comparator technology or vehicle against which the project will measure the carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) baseline and improvements
- provide evidence that the durability, integrity and safety of any technology proposed is in line with industry expectations
- show that you can realistically produce the technology at a price the market is willing to pay when commercialising
- show how the future supply chain will be developed, such as including appropriate Tier 1 and/or Tier 2 suppliers in your consortium
- show a clear route to market including appropriate business models to exploit the technology commercially
- be mindful of the wider environmental impact of the technology including resource efficiency and end of life options such as recycling, remanufacturing and/or reuse
To be eligible for funding you must:
- be a UK based business, academic organisation, charity, public sector organisation or research and technology organisation (RTO)
- carry out your project work in the UK
- intend to exploit the results from or in the UK
- work in collaboration with other businesses, research organisations or third-sector organisations
To lead a project you must be a UK based business, of any size.
Your total project costs should be between £250,000 and £4 million. Projects must start by June 2019 and end by June 2022. They can last between 12 months and 3 years.
Innovate UK reserves the right to dedicate a large proportion of this funding (approximately £11 million) to power electronics, machines and drives projects. These technologies are considered a strategic area of importance for the UK and future zero emission vehicles.
For research and development projects, you could get funding for your eligible project costs of:
- up to 70% if you are a micro or small business
- up to 60% if you are a medium-sized business
- up to 50% if you are a large business
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 business
- up to 35% if you are a medium-sized business
- up to 25% if you are a large business
The research organisations in your consortium can share up to 30% of the total eligible project costs. If your consortium contains more than one research organisation, this maximum will be shared between them.
In this competition Innovate UK are not funding projects covering:
- dedicated internal combustion engine projects
- business as usual projects which maintain the status quo or do not demonstrate innovation
- zero carbon fuels
- vehicle charging