• Status: Closed

  • Key features: Innovate UK and the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) are to invest up to £20 million in technical feasibility studies and collaborative research and development (CR&D) projects to encourage technologies for road vehicles that will deliver significant reductions in CO2 and other emissions.

  • Programme: Feasibility studies

  • Award: Up to £20 million

  • Opens: 07 Sep 2015, 00:00

  • Registration closes: 21 Oct 2015, 12:00

  • Closes: 28 Oct 2015, 12:00

  • Support phone number: 0300 321 4357

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Integrated Delivery Programme 12: Seeding tomorrow’s vehicle technologies today

Summary

Innovate UK and the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) are to invest up to £20 million in technical feasibility studies and collaborative research and development (CR&D) projects to encourage technologies for road vehicles that will deliver significant reductions in CO2 and other emissions.

The automotive sector has made great progress recently in reducing the carbon emissions from its vehicles and achieved its regulatory targets two years early. However, significant challenges remain, with targets for 2020 and beyond being discussed across the European Union. Meeting these targets demands an even greater level of innovation in technology, energy sources and vehicle uses.

We are seeking proposals that focus on one or more of the following:

  • electric machines and power electronics
  • energy storage and energy management
  • lightweight vehicle and powertrain structures
  • internal combustion engines
  • highly disruptive technologies which will significantly accelerate the reduction of CO2 and other emissions beyond the route achieved through standard product development projects

Technical feasibility study proposals must be business-led, and may be collaborative or from an individual company. We expect total project costs of up to £250,000, although we may consider projects outside this range.

It is expected that, at the end of a successful study, participants would be in a position to move on to a CR&D project in a future competition.

CR&D proposals must be collaborative and business-led. We expect projects to range in size from £500,000 to £3 million, although we may consider projects outside this range. It is expected that, at the end of a successful project, participants would be in a position to apply to an Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) supported competition.

Small businesses could receive up to 70% of their eligible project costs, medium-sized businesses 60% and large businesses 50%.

This competition opens for applicants on 7 September 2015. The deadline for registration is at noon on 21 October 2015 and the deadline for applications is at noon on 28 October 2015.

A briefing event for potential applicants will be held in Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire on 3 September 2015.

You can also hear about the competition on 9 and 10 September 2015 at the Innovate UK stand in Hall 3 at the CENEX/Millbrook LCV15 show.

Supporting documents & links

Scope

This competition is focused on ensuring that support is available throughout the innovation chain, and targets the Automotive Council strategic technologies. The competition aims to support concepts that can be developed into the core technologies for circa 2025.
 
Proposals must focus on one or more of the following:
  • electric machines and power electronics
  • energy storage and energy management
  • lightweight vehicle and powertrain structures
  • internal combustion engines
  • highly disruptive technologies which would significantly accelerate the reduction of CO2 and other emissions beyond the route achieved through standard product development projects

Key dates

Technical feasibility study

Competition opens 7 September 2015
Competition briefing 3 September 2015
Registration deadline noon 21 October 2015
Deadline for applications noon 28 October 2015

 

Collaborative R&D

Competition opens 7 September 2015
Competition briefing 3 September 2015
Registration deadline noon 21 October 2015
Expressions of interest deadline noon 28 October 2015
Stage 2 opens for invited applicants 16 November 2015
Deadline for invited applications noon 16 December 2015