Collaborative R&D

Low carbon vehicles: the road to market

The Technology Strategy Board and the Office for Low Emission Vehicles are to invest up to £25m in collaborative R&D and demonstration projects that will accelerate the commercialisation of low carbon vehicles.  We aim to strengthen UK capability by encouraging a reduction of costs in the supply base and a faster adoption of new technologies on UK roads. Our focus is on pulling technology through the various stages of the innovation chain.  We are looking to invest in highly innovative projects involving low carbon vehicles that aim to achieve significant cuts in CO2 from road transport.

Proposals must be centred on the vehicle and cover at least one technical area and at least one competition theme as detailed in the brief.  Projects must be collaborative and business-led. We expect to award a range of grants from £500k and potentially up to figures in excess of £5m.

This competition opens for expressions of interest on 20 February 2012. The deadline for expressions of interest is at noon on 28 March 2012. The second stage for invited applicants opens on 23 April 2012 and the deadline for completed applications is at noon on 30 May 2012.  A networking event to encourage consortia-building will be held on 10 January 2012 and a virtual networking space has been created on _connect. Join the IDP7 group here.

We are specifically encouraging businesses outside the automotive sector to bring their technical knowledge and expertise to consortia.

Open date: 20 February 2012

Registration close date: 21 March 2012

Close date: 28 March 2012



Phone number: 0300 321 4357

Last updated on Thursday 22 March 2012 at 11:09




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