• Status: Closed

  • Key features: Investment of up to £60m in collaborative research and development funding to support the development of low carbon, low emission automotive propulsion technologies.

  • Programme: Collaborative research and development

  • Award: £60m

  • Opens: 05 May 2015, 00:00

  • Registration closes: 24 Jun 2015, 12:00

  • Closes: 01 Jul 2015, 12:00

  • Support phone number: 0300 321 4357

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APC4: Driving UK capability and economic impact through low carbon propulsion technologies

Summary

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The Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC), in partnership with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and Innovate UK is to invest up to £60m in collaborative research and development funding to support the development of low carbon, low emission automotive propulsion technologies.   

Projects must demonstrate technologies that:  

  • deliver significant reductions in vehicle CO2 or other emissions compared to current best-in-class technologies
  • align with Automotive Council Technology Group roadmaps with respect to advanced propulsion solutions
  • develop the UK's supply chain in the field of low carbon vehicle propulsion technology
Projects must be collaborative and business-led and include a vehicle manufacturer or a tier 1 supplier and an SME partner.
 
Overall, each project will attract no more than 50% public funding of the total eligible project costs. We expect to fund mainly industrial research, in which large commercial partners will generally attract no more than 50% public funding for their project costs, medium-sized businesses up to 60%, small businesses up to 70% and research organisations up to 100%. Where experimental development is funded, a large commercial partner may attract no more than 25% funding, medium sized businesses up to 35% and small businesses up to 45%.
 
We expect total eligible project costs to be between £5m and £40m, and projects are expected to last between 18 and 42 months. We may consider a project out of this range. However, such projects should be discussed with the APC in advance of submission.
 
This is a single-stage competition that opens for applicants on 5 May 2015. The deadline for registration to the competition is at noon on 24 June 2015 and the deadline for submission of full applications is at noon on 1 July 2015.