£25 million for late-stage automotive R&D projects to help accelerate UK towards net zero

Thu 31 March 2022 View all news

UK-registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £25 million for UK-based, late-stage, collaborative research and development of automotive technology and processes. APC21 will fund projects which support the UK’s transition towards net-zero by growing supply chain capability and automotive product manufacturing.

This competition is seeking proposals for collaborative match-funded projects. These must demonstrate the development of on-vehicle technologies (including material, product and manufacturing processes) for on or off-road vehicles.

Your project must:

  • support the growth and security of the UK’s automotive supply chain
  • accelerate the development of technologies and processes which support the transition to net zero
  • align with the UK’s strategic aims for net zero
  • clearly demonstrate how high-value R&D will take place in the UK as a result of this funding

APC is especially interested in projects that support the UK’s long-term supply chain, associated capabilities and growth aspirations. This includes improving productivity and competitiveness in the design, build and manufacture of vehicles that are capable of low and zero tailpipe emissions.

Examples of technologies in scope are:

  • battery cell components or systems
  • fuel cell and associated balance of plant
  • electric machines and power electronics
  • fossil-free fuel internal combustion
  • hydrogen storage and management systems
  • recycling or recovering materials from any of the above
  • digitalisation leveraged during the development, production or in-service phases

Applying projects must support the growth of these technologies, creating more jobs and capability throughout the UK supply chain.

The competition closes on Wednesday 18 May 2022, 11:00am.

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