• Status: Closed

  • Key features: An additional £75m investment in collaborative R&D projects in the field of low-carbon propulsion technologies.

  • Programme: Collaborative research and development

  • Award: Up to £75m

  • Opens: 08 May 2014, 00:00

  • Registration closes: 25 Jun 2014, 12:00

  • Closes: 02 Jul 2014, 12:00

  • Support phone number: 0300 321 4357

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Advanced Propulsion Centre: Creating UK capability in low-carbon automotive technologies (competition 2)

Competition results

Please see here for the competition results.

Summary

 

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The Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC), in partnership with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Technology Strategy Board, announced the winners of the first APC competition (APC1) in April 2014 and is now to invest an additional £75m in collaborative R&D projects in the field of low-carbon propulsion technologies.

The APC is the centrepiece of the new joint industry and government strategy for the automotive sector and was launched to help develop, commercialise and enable the manufacture of advanced propulsion technologies in the UK.

The projects are expected to start in October 2014. They will strengthen UK capability and develop and grow the UK's propulsion systems supply chain. Projects must be collaborative and business-led. We expect total eligible project costs to be between £5m and £40m. Consortiums can apply for grant funding at different proportions of total cost depending on the organisation profile and classification of R&D, which is explained below. However, consortiums are encouraged to maximise the value for money of the projects; creating the greatest economic benefit per public pound of grant requested.

This competition opens on 8 May 2014. The deadline for registration is at noon on 25 June 2014 and the deadline for applications is at noon on 2 July 2014.

 

Background

The Advanced Propulsion Centre, in partnership with the Department for Business Innovation & Skills (BIS), the Automotive Council and the Technology Strategy Board, announced the winners of the first APC competition in April 2014. We are now ready to invest a further £75m in collaborative R&D projects in the field of low carbon propulsion technologies.

We expect total eligible project costs to be between £5m and £40m.

Project work packages that are classified as industrial research, can have a business partner attracting a maximum of 50% public funding for their project costs (60% for SMEs), or for work packages in experimental development, the business partner can attract a maximum of 25% funding (35% for a medium-sized company and 45% for small enterprises).

Projects are expected to last between 18 and 42 months. 

Please note; for projects which are predominantly industrial research focused, no single business partner can receive more than €10m Euros of grant and for projects which are predominantly experimental development, no single business partner can receive more than €7.5m Euros of grant. If you feel that your project may be close to reaching these limits, please email the Technology Strategy Board at competitions@innovateuk.org prior to submitting your application, in order to review your eligibility.

Eligibility

To be eligible for this competition, projects must primarily fall under either the industrial research or experimental development category. A full definition of these categories is available in the 'guidance for applicants' section of our website:  

  • The amount of funding per project will depend upon the type of participant and the type of research being undertaken.
  • We expect eligible project costs to be between £5m and £40m
  • Projects must have either a vehicle manufacturer and/or a tier 1 supplier in the consortium to ensure there is a clear route to market.
  • For projects focused on industrial research, the Technology Strategy Board will fund up to a maximum of 60% of eligible project costs for SMEs involved in a project and a maximum of 50% of eligible costs for large companies. Research organisations will be able to claim up to 100% of their eligible costs.
  • For projects focused on experimental development, the Technology Strategy Board will fund up to a maximum of 35% of eligible project costs for medium enterprises and a maximum of 45% for small enterprises involved in a project, and 25% of eligible costs for large companies. Research organisations are able to claim a maximum 100% of their eligible costs.
  • Projects are expected to last between 18 and 42 months.
  • Collaborations must be business-led and address the specific requirements of the competition as outlined in the scope of the competition brief.
  • Research organisation participation will be capped at 30% of the overall project costs.
  • Only UK-based companies and research organisations are eligible to apply. However, non-UK based companies and research organisations are also eligible to apply provided prior to the project starting they have set up a UK base from where the funded work will be carried out, and there is evidence that they intend to expand their R&D activity in the UK beyond the life of the specific project.
  • However, we reserve the right to apply a ‘portfolio' approach to ensure the distribution of technology and funds across the technology areas defined in the competition brief, subject to meeting the required quality criteria.

For more information on funding and state aid definitions please see: http://www.innovateuk.org/competitions/guidance-for-applicants/funding-rules.ashx

 

Briefing Event

There will not be a new briefing event webinar for this competition.
 
The webinar recorded as part of the first APC competition will contain all the information necessary to apply to this, the second APC competition - see the briefing presentation.
 
The webinar will contain the scope presentation from APC 1 please note that there are three important changes between APC 1 and APC 2:
  1. The expected lower limit of project size has been reduced from £10m to £5m of total project costs
  2. The consortium must have either a tier 1 or a vehicle manufacturer
  3. Consortium can demonstrate significant reduction in other emissions and not just CO2.
Successful applicants from the written application will have an opportunity to set up a short call with Technology Strategy Board and Advanced Propulsion Centre staff on 6 or 7 August 2014. Slots will be limited so early booking via the Competitions Helpdesk will be required once receipt of feedback has been published.