The Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) is investing through the ‘Developing the UK's Low Carbon Automotive Capability (APC 16)’ funding competition, in partnership with the UK's innovation agency, Innovate UK (IUK) and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Projects must concentrate on the automotive market as its primary application. APC 16 is looking for projects that support the UK’s long-term capabilities through securing long-term R&D investment; and those that can be achieved through its associated supply chain in the design, build and manufacture of zero tailpipe emission vehicles. Projects will preferably deliver both, to ensure the UK meets the future demand of vehicle-makers.

APC has allocated up to £30 million to match fund innovation projects in this competition. A project’s total eligible costs must be 50% match funded and between £5 million and £40 million. Applicants must request the minimum amount of funding needed for their project. Note: successful projects may receive funding through an alternative mechanism.

Projects must be led by a business working in partnership with others and must include an SME and a vehicle manufacturer or tier 1 supplier. To collaborate on a project, an applicant must be a UK based business, academic organisation, or research and technology organisation (RTO). They should carry out the project work in the UK and intend to exploit the results from or in the UK.

The deadline for applications is 8 July 2020 (12:00 BST).