APC 14: developing the UK’s low carbon automotive capability

Fund Name: APC 14
Project Length: 18 - 24 months
Project Value: 50% Match funded £5m - £40m
Deadline: 16/10/2019

Summary

APC 14 is looking for projects that support the UK’s long-term capabilities and associated supply chain in the design, build and manufacture of zero tailpipe emission vehicles. Meeting the future demand of vehicle-makers needs the necessary supply chain.

Fund Details

APC is particularly looking for 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 low and zero tailpipe-emission capable vehicles.

This includes technologies such as:

  • motors
  • batteries
  • power electronics
  • hybridisation
  • alternative propulsion systems

Applications which can evidence a significant positive impact on the UK supply chain will be prioritised. This can include projects that will make a major investment in:

  • creating new supply chains supporting the transition to electrification and zero-emission vehicles
  • adding resilience to existing supply chains under a variety of circumstances (where applicable) such as low, medium, high production, niche, off-highway, commercial or volume passenger vehicles etc.
  • the delivery of a UK centric high-value manufacturing and sourcing footprint
  • lowering the overall cost of goods sold to customers
  • joining together (simplifying) less productive or mature elements of existing UK supply chain leading to business efficiencies; helping to reduce uncertainty and risk
  • attracting new companies not traditionally delivering products, services or skills in automotive into the sector
  • risk screening and due diligence to identify risks in the proposed supply chain developments
  • improving the manufacturing readiness level (MRL) of your technology.

Your project can either focus directly on improving the MRL, or it can create manufacturing processes or supply chain enhancements that will lead to an improved MRL
Your project’s total eligible costs must be 50% match funded and between £5 million and £40 million. Projects can last between 18 and 42 months.

Eligibility

Lead organisation

To lead a project you must:

  • have an active registered business based 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.

Project team

To collaborate with the lead your organisation must:

  • be a UK registered business, academic institution, or research and technology organisation (RTO)
  • carry out its project work in the UK
  • intend to exploit the results from or in the UK
  • work in collaboration with other businesses or research organisations

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

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

Your project can include partners that do not receive any of this competition’s funding, for example, non-UK businesses. Their costs will count towards the total eligible project costs.

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