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New R&I Funding Available

Niche Vehicle Network new research and development funding available. There is to be a total of £2,300,000 available for collaborative low carbon vehicle technology development and demonstration projects.  

Sponsored by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV), Innovate UK and the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC), the competitions are focused on providing SMEs active in the low carbon vehicle technology sector with funding to undertake:

  • Early stage ‘proof of concept’ R&D, taking product ideas to the point where they are successfully demonstrated on a vehicle, through the Niche Vehicle R&D Competition
  • Later stage R&D, moving forward from the demonstration stage to produce working prototypes and establish manufacturing routes which lead to production readiness, through the SME & Supply Chain Competition


Niche Vehicle R&D Competition

Supported by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) and Innovate UK, the Niche Vehicle R&D Competition is providing grants of up to £125,000 for the development and demonstration of physical working vehicle proof of concepts.

The Network expects to fund up to 12 collaborative, industry-led projects, with total project costs of up to £250,000, within the following technology categories:

  • Lightweight vehicle and powertrain structures
  • Electric machines and power electronics
  • Energy storage and energy management
  • Disruptive low emission vehicle technologies
  • Reduced emissions from internal combustion engines
  • Aerodynamics development
  • Digital innovation in low volume manufacturing

To enter this competition, the lead applicant MUST request an application pack by email (via no later than noon on 29th July 2016.

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