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APC 15: developing the UK’s low carbon automotive capability

Funding details
Registration opens
13 Jan 2020, 00:00
Registration closes
04 Mar 2020, 12:00
04 Mar 2020, 12:00
Your project’s total eligible costs must be between £5 million and £40 million and be at least 50% match funded.
Advanced Propulsion Centre

The Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) invests up to £30 million, 3 times a year, in collaborative research and development (R&D) projects. These are pre-production match-funded projects. In this round APC is investing £30 million.

Your project must concentrate on the automotive market as its primary application.

APC 15 is looking for:

  • projects that support the UK’s long-term capabilities through securing long-term R&D investment
  • projects that can be achieved through its associated supply chain in the design, build and manufacture of zero tailpipe emission vehicles

Your project will preferably deliver both, to ensure the UK meets the future demand of vehicle-makers.

We welcome projects which demonstrate a significant change in the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions and improvements in air quality compared to best in class. This can include technologies such as motors, batteries, power electronics, hybridisation and alternative propulsion systems.

Lead organisation

To lead a project you must:

  • have an active registered business base in the UK
  • be a grant recipient
  • involve at least one micro, small or medium-sized enterprise (SME)
  • include, as part of your consortium, a vehicle manufacturer or tier 1 supplier who supplies parts directly to an original equipment manufacturer
  • collaborate with others
  • carry out the work in the UK
  • intend to exploit the results from or in the UK

Academic institutions or research organisations cannot lead projects.

Your project must either:

  • accelerate the development of technologies capable of low and zero tailpipe emissions
  • or demonstrate a significant reduction in carbon dioxide emissions leading to air quality improvements

Your proposal must clearly align with the UK’s Industrial Strategy and must clearly demonstrate how high value R&D will take place in the UK as a result of this funding.

The project must focus on or relate to one or more of the following strategic technology themes. You must determine which technology or technologies best represent your project:

  • alternative propulsion systems
  • electric machines and power electronics
  • energy storage and energy management
  • lightweight vehicle and powertrain structures
  • thermal propulsion systems that deliver substantial improvements

If you would like advice from the KTN, please contact Simon Buckley, KTM Automotive.

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