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Zero Emission Propulsion CR&D

Fund Name

Zero Emission Propulsion CR&D

Project Length

18 months

Project Value

£250k-£1.5m

Deadline

07.12.2022

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £10 million for net zero propulsion innovative projects.

The aim of this competition, as part of the Innovate UK funded net zero mobility programme, is to support future propulsion technologies for the transport sector.

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Fund Details

Your project must demonstrate significant improvements in net zero propulsion technologies which may apply across multiple transport modes. The programme aims to build on previous sector specific mobility programmes by creating a cross-sector platform. You are encouraged to apply your knowledge and capability to adjacent transport sectors including automotive, aerospace, maritime and rail.

Your project must focus on one or more of the following transport sectors:

  • Maritime: Clean maritime technologies for all sizes and categories of maritime vessel are in scope. Solutions can be suitable for one target size of vessel or multiple. Leisure and commercial vessels are in scope.
  • Rail: Technologies can target all locomotive classes including those for freight and passenger carrying services and carriages.
  • Automotive: Technologies can cover both niche and mainstream on and off-road vehicles. This includes categories L (mopeds and motorcycles only), M (car and passenger carrying) and N (goods vehicles). Construction vehicles and special use vehicles such as emergency vehicles (for example, ambulances and fire engines), refuse collection vehicles, and recreational vehicles (for example, motorhomes) are also eligible. There are restrictions on the use of hydrogen combustion.
  • Aerospace: Technologies for drones or unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), advanced air mobility (AAM), electric or hybrid passenger aircraft.

Your project must address one or more of the following:

  • improved range and overall system performance capability
  • decreased total cost of ownership
  • adoption of and transition to zero emission end products
  • strengthening of the UK supply chain

Your proposal must demonstrate a need by including an end customer such as Tier 1 or original equipment manufacturer (OEM) within your consortium. They can be a funded partner or non-funded project adviser.

You will be required to demonstrate a strong route to market position as part of your application.

Your project must:

  • develop on-vehicle or on-vessel technologies that deliver net zero solutions, speeding up their introduction to the market.
  • develop technologies for new or retrofit applications, focused 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
  • deliver commercial, societal and environmental impact from your innovation
  • benefit the UK plc, for example by growing and securing the UK’s supply chain, increasing capability, whilst improving productivity, efficiency and competitiveness
  • evidence that your solutions are closely aligned with industry priorities to deliver business orientated opportunities
  • significantly improve overall vehicle or vessel efficiency and lifecycle CO2 emissions
  • if applicable, validate the technology in a relevant environment, for example in a testbed, through a development mule or an adapted current production vehicle or vessel for higher maturity technologies

Eligibility

To lead a project your organisation must:

  • be a UK registered business of any size
  • collaborate with other UK registered organisations, academic institutions, research and technology organisations, charity, not for profit or public sector organisation
  • be or involve at least one micro, small or medium-sized enterprise (SME)
  • Academic institutions, research and technology organisations, charities, not for profit organisations and public sector organisations cannot lead a project.

To collaborate with the lead, your organisation must be one of the following UK registered:

  • business of any size
  • academic institution
  • charity
  • not for profit
  • public sector organisation
  • research and technology organisation (RTO)

Subcontractors are allowed in this competition.

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