The Niche Vehicle Network 2022 Production Readiness Competition provides a platform for collaborative
research and development in the area of low carbon vehicle technologies within the UK niche vehicle
Programme: Niche Vehicle Network
Award: Share of up to £250,000
Opens: 17th May 2022
Closes: 20th Jun 2022
The Niche Vehicle Network 2022 Production Readiness Competition provides a platform for collaborative research and development in the area of low carbon vehicle technologies within the UK niche vehicle sector. It is jointly funded by the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) and Innovate UK, delivered by the Niche Vehicle Network with support from Cenex.
The Competition is open to niche vehicle manufacturers, system suppliers and design/engineering or technology organisations active in the UK specialist and low volume manufacturing sector who wish to collaborate on innovative, industry-led projects.
Projects need to demonstrate the accelerated development of technologies based around one or more of the following areas, directly applicable to on-road or off highway, zero emission UK niche vehicles:
* Must be able to demonstrate significant vehicle-level benefits to range extension, reduced energy consumption and/or negating the weight impact of adopting zero emissions propulsion systems
The following technologies are out of scope and ineligible for funding in this competition:
Applicants should ensure that their application into this competition is based upon an appropriate stage of development or technology readiness which has already been achieved. For Production Readiness the consortium should already have demonstrated (and can evidence) the concept at first mule or prototype level and are now aiming to take it towards a production-intent level, including demonstration on a zero emission UK niche vehicle.
Funding is restricted to technologies applicable to powered, wheeled road-going zero emission UK niche vehicles. A niche vehicle manufacturer is defined as an independent UK based vehicle manufacturer producing less than 10,000 vehicles per year. Projects must be industry led, aiming to support the growth, productivity and competitiveness of the UK niche vehicle sector. The programme therefore focuses on technologies applicable to low-volume UK production.
Projects must be collaborative and industry-led by an SME. The consortium must include a niche vehicle manufacturer, tier 1 supplier or vehicle fleet operator. The competition is aimed primarily at SMEs, but it is permissible to include one large company or other large organisation (such as a university or RTO) in each consortium. Two large companies may only participate where one is a niche vehicle manufacturer, tier 1 supplier or vehicle fleet operator, and the other is an RTO, University or University Group Company. The maximum number of partners in each consortium is 4, the minimum is 3 (including the lead partner).
Consortia must show that they have a feasible, viable and demonstrable route to market for the developed
vehicle or product.
The following vehicle types are in scope:
Powered, wheeled or tracked vehicles used on-road or off-highway, with niche vehicle applicability:
The following vehicle types are out of scope:
In collaborative R&D projects, the leadership role is crucial in achieving a successful outcome and subsequent exploitation. The lead partner chooses the other project partners – partners are defined as organisations that together form a consortium to work on a specific project within the NVN Programme. Consideration should be given to what capabilities are required to deliver the project and potential routes to market for the technologies developed or applied within the project.
Other Consortium Partners
The Lead Partner is responsible for ensuring that the collaboration is subject to a legal agreement between all the project partners.
Subcontractors must be legally excluded from sharing the project IPR.
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