IDP 15: the road to zero emission vehicles, large R&D

Fund Name: The road to zero emission vehicles, large R&D
Project Length: 12 months to 3 years
Project Value: Up to £4m
Deadline: 06/12/2018


The Department for Transport recently published the ‘Road to Zero’ strategy. Its mission is to put the UK at the forefront of the design and manufacture of zero emission vehicles and for all new cars and vans to be effectively zero emission by 2040. IDP 15 will support this mission by funding ultra-low and zero emission on-vehicle technology development.

We use the definition of zero emission from ‘Road to Zero’ which defines zero emission as having tailpipe emissions of less than 50g of CO2 per km. IDP 15 projects that meet this definition for passenger cars and light commercial vehicles will be considered.

On-highway and off-highway vehicles category L, M, N and O (trailers for HGVs), T, G and emergency vehicles are all in scope.

Fund Details

UKRI are looking to fund a project that addresses one or more of the following technical areas:

  • the significant and highly disruptive electrification of conventional powertrains in vehicles in the area of power electronics, machines and/or drives
  • the transition of the UK’s current internal combustion engine (ICE) manufacturing capability into e-powertrain production in the future
  • e-powertrains solutions where the project does not include grant funded activities related to any conventional engine R&D work
  • minor costs related to integration of a zero emission technology with a conventional engine for demonstration purposes

Hybridisation technologies must focus solely on increasing the capability of the electrified or non-internal combustion engine element of the powertrain.

Projects must:

  • develop on-vehicle technology, speeding up its introduction to the market
  • focus on highly integrated vehicle systems and cost reduction
  • justify how the technology achieves overall vehicle efficiency as individual part or component improvement is not in scope, unless there is also consideration of overall system impact
  • validate the technology in a relevant environment, such as a mule or adapted current production vehicle
  • define appropriate representative real-world operating conditions, and a suitable comparator technology or vehicle against which the project will measure the carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) baseline and improvements
  • provide evidence that the durability, integrity and safety of any technology proposed is in line with industry expectations
  • show that you can realistically produce the technology at a price the market is willing to pay when commercialising
  • show how the future supply chain will be developed, such as including appropriate Tier 1 and/or Tier 2 suppliers in your consortium
  • show a clear route to market including appropriate business models to exploit the technology commercially
  • be mindful of the wider environmental impact of the technology including resource efficiency and end of life options such as recycling, remanufacturing and/or reuse.

A requirement of funding for R&D projects is that the consortium includes an appropriate end customer. This is to show that the technology meets clear customer specifications. There is a particular interest in projects that include vehicle manufacturers, Tier 1 or Tier 2 suppliers, but this is not a fixed requirement.

At the end of an R&D project, you must have:

  • a physical demonstrator
  • a report showing the emissions reduction the technology can achieve on implementation
  • details of the cost of the system showing the commercial payback period
  • performance results demonstrating the viability of the technology, to give confidence for consideration on new vehicle programmes

To be eligible for funding you must:

  • be a UK based business, academic organisation, charity, public sector organisation or research and technology organisation (RTO)
  • carry out your project work in the UK
  • intend to exploit the results from or in the UK
  • work in collaboration with other businesses, research organisations or third-sector organisations

To lead a project you must be a UK based business, of any size.

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