APC 11: advancing the UK’s low carbon automotive capability

Fund Name: advancing the UK's low carbon automotive capability
Project Length: 18 and 42 months
Project Value: Share of £20m
Deadline: 03/10/2018


APC 11 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
Fund details

For this competition, APC is particularly looking for projects that support the UK’s long-term capabilities and supply chain in the design, build and manufacture of zero-emission vehicles. This includes technologies such as motors, batteries, power electronics, hybridisation and alternative propulsion systems. Projects must help make those capabilities a permanent part of the UK supply chain.

Your application must:

  • have a proven technology idea that is both technically viable and production ready at the end of the project.
    demonstrate a clear route to market, alongside a consortium able to deliver this
  • demonstrate the economic benefits of the project, such as new and safe-guarded jobs, new business activity or an expansion of products and services
  • demonstrate that the primary application of the project is for the automotive industry and the majority of the technologies are proven in a vehicle representative environment
  • show how the project will support upskilling and knowledge sharing in the UK
  • show that the project delivers additional impact beyond what would be achieved in business as usual
  • show what would happen to the project if funding is not successful and why the specific amount of funding is needed
  • demonstrate how UK plc will benefit from any intellectual property generated by the project

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


To be eligible for funding:

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