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Funding news - 14/07/2017

IUK Opens APC8 - Anchoring Low Carbon Technology in the UK Funding Competition

The Anchoring Low Carbon Technology in the UK Competition has been established to fund collaborative research and development projects to develop low carbon automotive technologies that reduce emissions and increase capability in the supply chain.

Projects must take demonstrated on-vehicle technologies towards commercialisation in either on or off road vehicles.

APC8 is seeking proposals for collaborative research and development projects that demonstrate the development of technologies based around one or more of the following technology areas:

  • Producing lower-carbon transportation
  • Improving air quality
  • Developing a UK supply chain for the next generation of lightweight vehicles and propulsion systems

Projects must demonstrate the development of technologies based around one or more of the Automotive Council's 'sticky' technologies. These are:

  • Alternative propulsion systems
  • Electric machines and power electronics
  • Energy storage and energy management
  • Lightweight vehicle and powertrain structures
  • Thermal propulsion systems

Projects are expected to lead to significant reductions in vehicle CO2 emissions and improvements in air quality under operational conditions. Both CO2 and air quality improvements should be made with reference to comparable, best-in-class vehicles. Applicants must show how the project will strengthen UK capability and develop the UK's supply chain in the field of low carbon vehicles.

The total budget for this call is up to £35 million to fund a limited number of collaborative R&D pre-production projects. It is expected that total eligible project costs will be between £5 million and £40 million. Projects are expected to last between 18 and 42 months.

Projects must be collaborative and business-led and include a vehicle manufacturer and/or a tier 1 supplier and at least one SME partner. Consortia must have a clear, demonstrable route to production and line of sight to market, within a short timeframe of project end.

The deadline for registrations is midday on 20 September 2017.

See the Innovate UK webpage for more details.

Source: Innovate UK, 13/07/2017

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