ATF: moving the UK automotive sector to zero emissions

Fund Name: Moving the UK automotive sector to zero emissions
Project Length:
Project Value: Up £1m
Deadline: 27/01/2021


The Automotive Transformation Fund, delivered by the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) and partners, Innovate UK, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Department for International Trade (DIT), will support the industrialisation at scale of a high-value electrified automotive supply chain in the UK. APC is seeking proposals from single organisations or consortiums for feasibility studies up to the value of £1 million.

Fund details

Projects must:

  • support the UK’s long-term growth aspirations for the supply chain and associated capabilities of the automotive market
  • support the overall aim of the Automotive Transformation Fund to establish a competitive and sustainable UK supply chain

Your project must meet at least one of the following objectives specifically for the automotive sector:

  • The economic feasibility of developing large-scale manufacturing facilities in the UK. These must take up to 6 months to complete.
  • The technical feasibility of developing advanced manufacturing processes or scaling up product manufacturing. These must take up to 12 months complete.

Your project must also fulfil at least one of these requirements:

  • De-risk scaling up innovative technologies across the electric supply chain.
    Remove the technical or commercial barriers to manufacture in the UK.
  • Your project must prioritise the automotive sector, but this does not exclude subsequent secondary use in other sectors.

At the end of the feasibility study, your project must meet one of the following:

  • be ready to continue in future research and development or capital competitions
  • able to raise private sector investment to take the project outcome to market

Your project can address technological improvements or developing new business models. APC encourages projects that bring new investment into the sector in the UK.


Your project must:

  • have total eligible costs up to £1 million
  • start on or after the 1 April 2021
  • be either an economic or technical feasibility studies project

To lead a project or work alone your organisation must:

  • be a UK registered business of any size, a research organisation, a research and technology organisation (RTO)
  • be a grant recipient
  • carry out its project work in the UK
  • intend to exploit the results from or in the UK

Non-UK registered companies and research organisations are eligible to apply for funding as a lead or part of a project team if they:

  • set up an active UK registered business before they start their project
  • start their project on 1 April 2021
  • carry out all funded work in the UK
  • meet all other criteria stated above
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