Advanced Propulsion Centre

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) in partnership with the Automotive Council and the Technology Strategy Board, is to invest up to £75m in collaborative R&D projects in the field of low carbon vehicles.

The competition will support a small number of projects that will form the initial portfolio for the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC).

The APC is the centrepiece of the new joint industry and government strategy for the automotive sector and is being launched to help develop, commercialise and enable the manufacture of advanced propulsion technologies in the UK. The funding of these projects is a precursor to a steady state of funding throughout the lifetime of the APC.

The projects are expected to start in April 2014. They will strengthen UK capability and develop and grow the UK’s propulsion systems supply chain. Projects must be collaborative and business-led. We expect total eligible project costs to be between £10m and £40m. The funding will be split between industrial research, with a business partner attracting 50% public funding for their project costs (60% for SMEs), and experimental development, with a business partner attracting 25% funding (35% for a medium-sized company and 45% for small enterprises). Projects are expected to last between 18 and 42 months.

Status Open
Key features Investment of up to £75m in collaborative R&D projects in the field of low carbon vehicles.
Programme Collaborative research and development

Award Up to £75m
Opens 02 Dec 2013
Registration closes 29 Jan 2014
Closes 05 Feb 2014
Support Telephone Number 0300 321 4357

Registration is required to enter this competition. Please note that registration will close 1 week before the competition application deadline