Innovate UK APC 10 Advancing the UK’s low carbon automotive capability

Fund Name: Advancing the UK’s low carbon automotive capability
Project Length: The project can last between 18 and 42 months
Project Value: Share of £30M
Deadline: 27/06/2018

Innovate UK APC 10

APC 10 is seeking proposals for collaborative R&D projects that demonstrate the development of on-vehicle technologies for on or off-road vehicles. These must accelerate the development of low and zero emission technology.

The project must be focused on one or more of the following technology areas:

  • alternative propulsion systems
  • electric machines and power electronics
  • energy storage and energy management
  • lightweight vehicle and powertrain structures
  • thermal propulsion systems
Funding eligibility

To be eligible for funding:

  1. you must have an active business base within the UK
  2. your project must be collaborative and business led
  3. the lead participant must be a grant recipient
  4. your consortium must include a vehicle manufacturer or tier 1 supplier (who supplies parts directly to an original equipment manufacturer)
  5. your consortium must include a small or medium-sized enterprise (SME)

Non-UK based companies and research organisations are eligible to apply for funding if:

  • they set up an active UK business base before project start, where the funded work will be carried out
  • provide evidence that they intend to expand their R&D activity in the UK beyond the life of the project

Non-UK based companies can join the consortium but cannot apply for funding.

We will not fund projects that cover:

  • fundamental research
  • early stage technologies
  • business as usual
Funding and project details

Each project will attract no more than 50% of public funding towards its total eligible project costs, of which:

  • at least 70% must be incurred by commercial organisations
  • a maximum of 30% is available to research participants, and if there is more than one research participant, this amount will be shared between them

The percentage of costs you can claim varies depending on:

  • the type of research you are carrying out
  • the type of organisations involved
  • the outcome of a value-for-money (VfM) economic assessment carried out by BEIS

For this competition, individual businesses will be able to claim no more than 20 million euros (previously 10 million euros) for industrial research and
15 million euros (previously 7.5 million euros) for experimental development.

For industrial research, you could get funding for your eligible project costs of up to:

  • 70% if you are a small business
  • 60% if you are a medium-sized business
  • 50% if you are a large business

For experimental development projects which are nearer to market, you could get funding for your eligible project costs of up to:

  • 45% if you are a small business
  • 35% if you are a medium-sized business
  • 25% if you are a large business

APC operates on a nominal 3.5% of the total grant value and will invoice all project partners for the equivalent of 3.5% of the total grant value. Do not include this in your grant application.

Project duration

Total eligible project costs can range from £5 million to £40 million. The project can last between 18 and 42 months.

This competition follows a 2 stage process.

  • Written application
  • Interviews for successful applicants from the first stage
Get in Touch

If you think that you might be eligible for Innovate UK Advancing the UK’s low carbon automotive capability fund, please Get In Touch by filling out the contact form below.

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