TDAP Wave 7

Key Features

Wave 7 of the Technology Developer Accelerator Programme (TDAP) offers up to £170,000 of grant support to ambitious micro, small and medium-sized enterprises.

Programme:     The Advanced Propulsion Centre

Award:     Share of up to £170,000

Opens: 3rd Nov 2022

Closes: 1st Feb 2023

! This scheme is now closed


Over the last seven years, TDAP has supported 61 companies with over £9.8 million in funding support. Following the successful completion of the programme, businesses average a 50% increase in headcount, have accelerated their route to market by an average of 19 months and there has been over £220 million of private investment raised by TDAP participants.


Wave 7 of the Technology Developer Accelerator Programme (TDAP) offers up to £170,000 of grant support to ambitious micro, small and medium-sized enterprises.

The programme supports SMEs that are developing early-stage net-zero enabling on or off-vehicle technology, products or services that want to accelerate their route to market and grow.

TDAP does this over a 17-month phased programme through a combination of grant funding, invaluable technical support and business mentoring, with industry networking opportunities.

Applications to the programme are made following acceptance of an Expression of Interest (EOI).

Start your Expression of Interest application here

Application Process

1 – Applicants must complete an Expression of Interest.

2 – Eligible applicants will be asked to complete a full competition application.

3 – Shortlisted organisations will be asked to attend an interview. Successful applicants will then be invited to join the Technology Developer Accelerator Programme (TDAP).

Eligible Technologies

  • Innovative automotive technology, products and services which accelerate the transition to net-zero carbon automotive products
  • Aligns with one or more of the strategic technologies for the UK automotive industry or​ outside of these areas but demonstrating strong automotive impact potential

Technology areas can include:​

  • Batteries, their components, management and integration systems
  • Fuel cell and associated balance of plant
  • Electric machines and power electronics
  • Hydrogen storage and management systems
  • Lightweight vehicle and powertrain structures
  • Manufacturing processes associated with industrialising net-zero technologies
  • Direct recycling methods results in recovery of critical materials
  • Significant reduction in vehicle development timescales
  • Digitalisation leveraged during the design, development, testing, production or in-service phases
  • Connected and Automated Mobility (CAM) where it supports the transition to net zero

Development status of the technology should be Technology Readiness Levels (TRL) 2-4 (UK Automotive Council) – for guidance on TRL, read the APC guide here.

On or off-vehicle technology eligible:​

  • Software or hardware technologies
  • Full vehicles (including e-bikes, e-mopeds, etc.) are in scope, however the technology deployed within the vehicle must be innovative of itself and the application needs to show how the vehicle supports or accelerates the move to net-zero transport

Key Dates

  • Expressions of Interest opens: 3 November 2022
  • Application window opens: 3 November 2022
  • Application window closes: 1 February 2023 at 12 noon GMT
  • Interviews: w/c 16 – 22 March 2023
  • Winning applicants informed: w/c 29 March 2023
  • Programme kick-off: 3 May 2023

Interested in applying for this competition?

Book an appointment to speak to one of our advisors to discuss your eligibility to apply for this Grant Funding opportunity.