Funding competition APC 20: Developing automotive technologies and growing capability towards net zero

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of £25 million for late stage research and development projects that help accelerate the UK towards a net zero automotive future.

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Description

The Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) provides funding, support and insight for the development of low carbon and net zero automotive technologies. It aims to support the UK’s transition towards net zero product manufacturing and supply chain in the UK automotive sector.

In this competition round APC is investing up to £25 million.

We are looking for collaborative, pre-production research and development (R&D) projects that:

  • support the UK’s long-term capabilities by securing long term R&D investment
  • achieve through the associated supply chain, the design, build and manufacture of zero carbon tailpipe emission vehicles

Projects must look to fulfil both these criteria to ensure the UK meets the future demand of vehicle-makers.

In applying to this competition, you are entering into a competitive process. This competition closes at 11 am UK time on the deadline stated.

Funding type

Grant

Project size

Your project’s total eligible costs must be between £5 million and £40 million. Your project must be a minimum of 50% match funded, with a suggested maximum number of 6 partners.

Who can apply

Your project

Your project must:

  • have total eligible costs between £5 million and £40 million
  • be a minimum of 50% match funded
  • start by 1 September 2022
  • last between 18 and 42 months
  • carry out its project work in the UK
  • intend to exploit the results from or in the UK

We suggest projects contain a maximum of 6 project partners.

If your project’s total eligible costs or duration falls outside of our eligibility criteria, you must provide justification by email to info@apcuk.co.uk at least 10 working days before the competition closes. We will decide whether to approve your request.

If you have not requested approval or your application has not been approved by us, you will be made ineligible and your application will not be sent for assessment.

Lead organisation

To lead a project your organisation must:

  • be a UK registered business of any size
  • have an active registered business base in the UK
  • be a grant recipient
  • involve at least one SME if the lead is not one
  • include in your consortium a vehicle manufacturer or tier 1 supplier who supplies parts directly to an original equipment manufacturer (OEM)
  • collaborate with others

Academic institutions and research organisations cannot lead projects.


Project team

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)

Non-UK registered businesses and research organisations are only eligible to apply for funding if:

  • they set up an active UK registered business where the funded project work will be carried out
  • provide evidence of an intention to expand their R&D activity in the UK during and after the project

Each partner organisation must be invited into the Innovation Funding Service (IFS) by the lead to collaborate on a project. Once accepted, partners will be asked to login or to create an account and enter their own project costs into IFS.

The lead and at least one other organisation must claim funding by entering their costs during the application. Your project can include partners that do not receive any of this competition’s funding, for example non-UK businesses. Their costs will count towards the total eligible project costs.

Subcontractors

Subcontractors are allowed in this competition.

Subcontractors can be from anywhere in the UK and you must select them through your usual procurement process.

You can use subcontractors from overseas but must make the case in your application as to why you could not use suppliers from the UK.

You must also provide a detailed rationale, evidence of the potential UK contractors you approached and the reasons why they were unable to work with you.

We expect all subcontractor costs to be justified and appropriate to the total eligible project costs. We will not accept a cheaper cost as a sufficient reason to use an overseas subcontractor.


Number of applications

There are no limits on the number of applications an organisation can be involved in.

Previous applications

You can use a previously submitted application to apply for this competition.

We will not award you funding if you have:

Subsidy control (and State aid where applicable)

This competition provides funding in line with the UK's obligations and commitments to Subsidy Control. Further information about the UK Subsidy Control requirements can be found within the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation agreement and the subsequent guidance from the department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Innovate UK is unable to award organisations that are considered to be in financial difficulty. We will conduct financial viability and eligibility tests to confirm this is not the case following the application stage.

EU State aid rules now only apply in limited circumstances. Please see our general guidance to check if these rules apply to your organisation.


Further Information

If you are unsure about your obligations under the UK Subsidy Control regime or the State aid rules, you should take independent legal advice. We are unable to advise on individual eligibility or legal obligations.

You must make sure at all times that the funding awarded to you is compliant with all current Subsidy Control legislation applicable in the United Kingdom.

This aims to regulate any advantage granted by a public sector body which threatens to or actually distorts competition in the United Kingdom or any other country or countries.

If there are any changes to the above requirements that mean we need to change the terms of this competition, we will tell you as soon as possible.

Funding

The Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) invests up to £35 million, three times per year, in collaborative research and development (R&D) projects. These are pre-production projects and applicants should apply for the minimum amount of APC funding required to make the project viable. This can be up to 50% of total eligible project costs. In this round APC is investing £25 million.

A minimum of 70% of your projects total eligible project costs must be incurred by commercial organisations.

The total grant request in your application cannot exceed 50% of the total eligible project costs. This is regardless of the individual partners’ grant claims.

Of that 50% if the majority of your organisation’s work on the project is commercial or economic, your funding request must not exceed the limits below. These limits apply even if your organisation normally acts non-economically.

For industrial research projects, you could get funding for your eligible project costs of:

  • up to 70% if you are a micro or small organisation
  • up to 60% if you are a medium-sized organisation
  • up to 50% if you are a large organisation

For experimental development projects which are nearer to market, you could get funding for your eligible project costs of:

  • up to 45% if you are a micro or small organisation
  • up to 35% if you are a medium-sized organisation
  • up to 25% if you are a large organisation

For more information on company sizes, please refer to the company accounts guidance. This is a change from the EU definition unless you are applying under State aid.

If you are applying for an award funded under State aid Regulations, the definitions are set out in the European Commission Recommendation of 6 May 2003.

Research participation

The research organisations undertaking non-economic activity as part of the project can share up to 30% of the total eligible project costs. If your consortium contains more than one research organisation undertaking non-economic activity, this maximum is shared between them.

Of that 30% you could get funding for your eligible project costs of up to:

  • 80% of full economic costs (FEC) if you are a Je-s registered institution such as an academic
  • 100% of your eligible project costs if you are an RTO, charity, non-profit organisation, public sector organisation or research organisation

Advanced propulsion centre levy

A 3.5% levy is payable to the APC by all partners on grant received.

Your proposal

The aim of this competition is to seek proposals for collaborative R&D projects that design, develop and manufacture zero emission on-vehicle technologies for on-road or off-road vehicles.

Your project must:

  • support growth and security of the UK’s supply chain, increasing capability, whilst improving productivity, efficiency and competitiveness
  • deliver vehicle technologies and associated manufacturing processes which support the transition to net zero
  • contribute to the UK’s strategic aims in this area, such as the Automotive Council’s Roadmaps

Your project must advance technologies in one or more of the following areas:

  • battery cell components or systems
  • fuel cell and associated balance of plant
  • electric machines and power electronics
  • fossil-free fuel internal combustion
  • hydrogen storage and management systems
  • recycling or recovering materials from any of the above
  • digitalisation leveraged during the development, production or in-service phases

The economic benefit of your project will be assessed on criteria including but not limited to:

  • scale and impact on the UK economy
  • foreign investment anchored in the UK
  • jobs created or safeguarded
  • upskilling of workforce
  • lifetime environmental impact of the vehicle

Your proposal must evidence:

  • a clear route to market exploitation, including IP generated for the UK
  • a credible consortium led approach to the project, agreed in principle and able to proceed to a formal collaborative agreement
  • what would happen should the project not be funded

Projects will be encouraged to disseminate their results to bring benefit to the wider UK automotive industry.

APC wants to fund a portfolio of projects, across the technologies listed in the specific themes section, and a variety of markets, technological maturities and research categories.

Specific themes

You must consider which technology or technologies best represent your project and rank them in order of their significance and impact to your project. The one ranked first must be the lead technology.

  • electric machines and power electronics
  • energy storage and energy management
  • lightweight vehicle and powertrain structures
  • thermal Propulsion Systems
  • significant reduction in vehicle development timescales
  • digitalisation for development of low carbon vehicle innovation

Your lead technology must be at least 50%.You can also rank up to an additional 2 supporting technologies that can have a maximum of 25% each.

Your percentages must add up to 100%.

Research categories

We will fund industrial research projects and experimental development projects, as defined in the guidance on categories of research.

Projects we will not fund

We are not funding projects that are:

  • focussed only on the development of clean fuels
  • not aligned with the UK’s Green Industrial Strategy
  • requesting more than 50% grant for total eligible project costs
  • dependent on export performance
  • dependent on domestic inputs usage
12 January 2022
Coventry briefing event: Register to attend
12 January 2022
Competition opens
2 March 2022 11:00am
Competition closes
28 March 2022
Invite to interview
3 May 2022
Interviews start
6 May 2022
Interviews finish
20 May 2022
Applicants notified

Before you start

You must read the guidance on applying for a competition on the Innovation Funding Service before you start.

What we ask you

The application is split into 3 sections:

  1. Project details.
  2. Application questions.
  3. Finances.

Interviews

If your online application is successful, BEIS Value for Money (VfM) appraisers may want to call you to clarify the information you shared in the written economic assessment feedback questions.

The appraisers will talk to you about any of the following:

  • project risks
  • why grant funding is required for your project
  • any anticipated technology spill-over benefits
  • job projections
  • expected vehicle sales
  • CO2 savings
  • project expenditure

The call will happen after you have given BEIS your responses to their economic assessment feedback. This will be before the interviews, and we provisionally expect the calls to take place on 11 and 12 April 2022.

The APC will inform the lead contact of a one hour time slot for the call with BEIS. The time slot is not flexible, due to the number of calls we need to make. We aim to keep calls to a maximum of 4 attendees from the applicant side to ensure the discussion is effective.

On the call we will want to talk to the person who filled out the VfM worksheet and anyone else needed to answer questions about the written economic assessment feedback responses.

We will not ask representatives from each project partner to attend the call.

After the call and the success of your online application, you will be invited to attend an interview where you must give a presentation. Your interview will take place during the week beginning 3 May 2022.

Before the interview and by the deadline stated in the invitation email, you must send:

  • a list of who will attend the interview
  • your interview presentation slides
  • a written response to the technical assessors’ feedback
  • a written response to the BEIS economic assessment feedback before the provisional call dates

Please be aware that the dates for these submissions are different. You cannot send them together. You must send your written response to the BEIS economic assessment feedback before the others, so that the VfM call can take place on 11 or 12 April 2022.

You cannot make changes once these are submitted.

List of attendees

Agree the list with your consortium. Up to 9 people from your project can attend, ideally one person from each organisation. They must all be available on all published interview dates. APC is unable to reschedule slots once allocated.

Presentation slides

Your interview presentation must:

  • use Microsoft PowerPoint
  • be no longer than 30 minutes
  • have no more than 30 slides
  • not include any video or embedded web links

You cannot change the presentation after you submit it or bring any additional materials to the interview.

Written response to assessor feedback

This is optional and is an opportunity to answer the assessors’ concerns. It can:

  • be up to 10 A4 pages in a single PDF or Word document
  • include charts or diagrams

Written response to the BEIS economic assessment feedback

This must be a single PDF or Word document up to 6 A4 pages long.

Interview

Interviews will take place at the Advanced Propulsion Centre in Warwick, depending on any COVID-19 restrictions at the time. You should allow up to two and a half hours for your interview.

You must bring a mature draft of the collaboration agreement to your interview.

After your presentation the panel will spend 45 minutes asking questions. You will be expected to answer based on the information you provided in your application form, presentation and the response to feedback. The panel will then hold a second closed discussion. You may be called back in for a further 15 minute question and answer session, if needed.

Economic assessment

This is carried out by professional economists employed by BEIS, in both the written and interview stages. They assess whether the project is good value for money for taxpayers and the UK.

HM Treasury will only release grant funding if your project reaches an acceptable threshold of value for money. This analysis is quality assured by senior economists within BEIS to ensure the judgement is an accurate and independent reflection of the information that has been provided.

Report on economic outputs

As a condition of APC project grant funding, you must provide BEIS and APC with annual records which show the realised and expected economic outputs your project has produced.

You must provide robust, credible and timely data on your project’s progress. This data helps policymakers evaluate whether the APC programme is good value for money.

Each partner must:

  • flag any information they consider too costly to collect
  • agree report timings
  • report on economic monitoring information annually, or at an alternative schedule agreed with APC, Innovate UK and BEIS

You must provide other data if requested. Project monitoring and meetings will be carried out by representatives of Innovate UK, BEIS and APC, and any other individuals as agreed with you.

1. Project details

This section provides background for the assessors and is not scored.

Application team

Decide which organisations will work with you on the project. Invite people from those organisations to help complete the application.

Application details

The lead applicant must complete this section. Give your project’s title, start date and duration.

Subsidy Basis

Will the project including any related activities you want Innovate UK to fund, affect trade between Northern Ireland and the EU?

All participants must complete this section.

Research category

Select the type of research you will undertake.

Equality, diversity and inclusion

We collect and report on equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) data to address under-representation in business innovation and ensure equality, diversity and inclusion across all our activities.

You must complete this EDI survey and then select yes in the application question. The survey will ask you questions on your gender, age, ethnicity and disability status. You will always have the option to ‘prefer not to say’ if you do not feel comfortable sharing this information.

Project summary


Describe your project briefly and be clear about what makes it innovative.

You must also identify using percentage splits, which automotive council strategic technology or technologies are the focus of your project:

  • electric machines and power electronics
  • energy storage and energy management
  • lightweight vehicle and powertrain structures
  • thermal Propulsion Systems
  • significant reduction in vehicle development timescales
  • digitalisation for development of low carbon vehicle innovation

Your lead technology must be at least 50%. You can also rank up to an additional 2 supporting technologies that can have a maximum of 25% each.

Your percentages must add up to 100%.

For example, an innovative motor technology with integrated power electronics and Battery Management Systems (BMS) could be expressed as:

  • electric machines and power electronics (75%)
  • energy storage and energy management (20%)
  • lightweight vehicle and powertrain structures (0%)
  • thermal propulsion systems (5%)
  • significant reduction in vehicle development timescales (0%)
  • digitalisation for development of low carbon vehicle innovation (0%)


We use this section to assign experts to assess your application as well as for conducting a portfolio assessment.

Your answer can be up to 400 words long.


Public description

Describe your project in detail and in a way that you are happy to see published. Do not include any commercially sensitive information. If we award your project funding, we will publish this description. This could happen before you start your project.

Your answer can be up to 100 words long.

Scope

Describe how your project fits the scope of the competition. If your project is not in scope, it will not be eligible for funding.

Your answer can be up to 400 words long.

2. Application questions

The technical assessors will score your answers for questions 2 to 8. Questions 9 to 14 are appraised as part of the BEIS economic assessment. Questions 1 and 15 are not scored. You will receive feedback for each scored question.

You must answer all questions. Do not include any website addresses (URLs) in your answers.

Question 1. Applicant location (not scored)

You must state the name and full registered address of your organisation and any partners working on the project.

We are collecting this information to understand the geographical location of all participants of a project.

Your answer to this question can be up to 400 words long.

Question 2. Business Case

What is the business case for the project?

Describe or explain:

  • the business opportunity for the organisations undertaking this project
  • your organisation’s internal justification for undertaking the project
  • your organisation’s strategy and how the project will contribute to this
  • the benefits to the lead partner and consortium members undertaking this project, both immediate and in the future

Your answer to this question can be up to 400 words long.

You can submit one appendix to support your answer. It can include diagrams and charts. It must be a PDF, up to 2 A4 pages long and no larger than 10MB in size. The font must be legible at 100% zoom.

Question 3. Identify the market and your strategy to address it

How will you bring this technology to market and exploit its commercial potential?

Describe or explain:

  • the scale, geography, and dynamics of the market, evidence your working or calculations
  • your market exploitation strategy including any barriers and how you will overcome them
  • who the competitors are and how you will manage this challenge

Your answer to this question can be up to 400 words long.

You can submit one appendix to support your answer. It can include diagrams and charts. It must be a PDF, up to 2 A4 pages long and no larger than 10MB in size. The font must be legible at 100% zoom.

You can also submit a second appendix with letters of intent from potential suppliers or customers to support your answer. It must be a PDF, up to 2 A4 pages long and no larger than 10MB in size. The font must be legible at 100% zoom.

Question 4. Benefits to the UK Supply Chain

How will the project support the UK automotive supply chain?

Describe or explain:

  • how the project supports UK localisation, on-shoring and growth
  • the number of jobs safeguarded, created, changed or displaced, outside of the consortium
  • the supply chain strategy for this technology area and how this project will impact UK content
  • further benefits for businesses outside of the consortium
  • the lasting effect and scale of the benefits
  • how the project will reduce supply chain risk
  • key processes, products or applications which will be developed or improved as a result

Your answer to this question can be up to 400 words long.

You can submit one appendix to support your answer. It can include diagrams and charts. It must be a PDF, up to 2 A4 pages long and no larger than 10MB in size. The font must be legible at 100% zoom.

Question 5. Benefits of collaboration

What are the wider benefits of collaboration between the consortium partners?

Describe or explain:

  • why the consortium is essential to deliver the project, and explain how knowledge will be shared between partners
  • the impact on resources (personnel and facilities) and skills within your consortium
  • how the project will unlock technical and commercial opportunities beyond the core aims of this project
  • what further applications there are for the outcomes in other sectors
  • what opportunities for future wider R&D activities in the auto industry you envisage as a result of this project
  • how you will disseminate these outcomes in the public domain

Your answer to this question can be up to 400 words long.

You can submit one appendix to support your answer. It can include diagrams and charts. It must be a PDF, up to 2 A4 pages long and no larger than 10MB in size. The font must be legible at 100% zoom.

Question 6. Technical Innovation

Which elements of the project are technically innovative and how will these outcomes be achieved?

Describe or explain:

  • the technically innovative elements of the project and evidence why they are innovative
  • how the resulting technologies compare to the current best in class
  • the technical steps through which these outcomes will be realised
  • any expected resulting IP or patents

Your answer to this question can be up to 400 words long.

You can submit one appendix to support your answer. It can include diagrams and charts. It must be a PDF, up to 2 A4 pages long and no larger than 10MB in size. The font must be legible at 100% zoom.

Question 7. Project management

How will you manage the project effectively?

Describe or explain:

  • your proposed Work Breakdown Structure (WBS), showing a cost for each work package
  • your project plan in enough detail to identify any links or dependencies between work packages or milestones
  • your approach to project management, identifying any major tools and mechanisms you will use to achieve a successful outcome
  • specific detail on how project start up will be managed
  • the project sponsor(s) within each consortium partner
  • the project team with key members profiled
  • how escalation will be managed

Your answer to this question can be up to 400 words long.

You must submit a project plan or Gantt chart as an appendix to support your answer. It must be a PDF, up to 2 A4 pages long and no larger than 10MB in size. The font must be legible at 100% zoom.

Question 8. Risks

What are the main risks for this project?

Describe or explain:

  • the main risks and uncertainties of the project, including the technical, commercial, managerial and environmental risks
  • how you will mitigate these risks
  • any key risks during the start up phase and how they will be mitigated
  • any project inputs that are critical to completion, such as resources, expertise, data sets and test facilities, for example proving grounds
  • any output likely to be subject to regulatory requirements, certification, ethical issues and so on, and how you will manage this

Your answer to this question can be up to 400 words long.

You must submit a risk register as an appendix to support your answer. It must be a PDF, up to 2 A4 pages long and no larger than 10MB in size. The font must be legible at 100% zoom.

Question 9. Value for Money (VfM) Workbook

The Value-for-Money (VfM) workbook and Questions 12 to 14 of the application relate to the economic value for money assessment.

You must download and complete the VfM workbook.

To complete the VfM workbook, complete the following steps:

  1. Download the VfM workbook from question 9.
  2. Complete tabs Q12 to 17, following the guidance in each worksheet.
  3. Enter data into the grey cells and select an option from a drop-down list in the orange cells.
  4. Add extra rows in the ‘Jobs’ worksheet (in the middle of rows of input cells to preserve the formatting) so you can define jobs separately for each project partner for the required number of national vocational qualification (NVQ) levels.
  5. Use blank lines to title project partners and group the jobs according to your preferences.
  6. You must upload the completed worksheet as an appendix to question 9.

Your answer to this question can be up to 400 words long

Your answers to the written Questions 12 to 14 and relevant appendices should demonstrate how the figures in your VfM workbook have been derived. Your answer to Question 11 should align with the project and post-project expenditure set out in Question 12.

Question 10. Additionality

Why does your project rely on APC funding and why do you need the amount you have applied for?

Please explain the following and use the appendix to provide supporting evidence:

  • why your project cannot go ahead without APC support
  • why your project cannot be funded internally or through other private sources providing supporting evidence, for example notices of declined credit
  • why this specific amount of grant funding is required, reference can be made to the financial summary table
  • what would happen if your application was unsuccessful
  • if you decided not to internally fund, explain the decision-making process and provide evidence, such as any business case comparison (with or without APC funding), internal rate of return analysis or other comparative financial analysis of the project with and without APC funding
  • if the project could not go ahead in the UK without APC funding, where would it be located and why
  • provide information about alternative locations and type and size of operations, expected cost structure, wages, building, transport, energy, any financial support available, the availability of a qualified workforce

Your answer to this question can be up to 400 words long.

You must submit one appendix with evidence to support your answer. It must be a PDF, up to 2 A4 pages long and no larger than 10MB in size. The font must be legible at 100% zoom.

Question 11. Funding model

How is each partner funding their share of the project costs, and any follow-on R&D and capital investments required to scale up production?

Explain the source of each project partners’ financial contribution to the project, for example:

  • retained earnings
  • external debt
  • equity investment
  • other funding sources such as government grants

Please note: Match funding must be private funds, and not other UK Government grants. In accordance with APC competition rules, project match funding must be greater than the sum of the APC grant and any other UK Government grants.

Explain how the consortium partners will fund any post-project R&D and capital investment to commercialise the technology.

Set out any risks and uncertainties around availability of funding for the project, and any required follow-on investment.

Your answer to this question can be up to 400 words long.

You must submit one appendix with evidence of your funding sources to support your answer. It must be a PDF, up to 2 A4 pages long and no larger than 10MB in size. The font must be legible at 100% zoom.

You must:

  • explain how you calculated project costs and anticipated post-project investments in the relevant boxes in tab Q12 of the VfM workbook
  • provide a summary of the project costs, the financial contribution from each project participant and the grant funding required in the financial summary table in the application form
  • declare any other funding from public bodies, including any tax relief, that relates to this project or application and that the consortium has applied for or received
  • indicate the size of the funding received, the relevant body with details of the type of funding and conditions

Question 12. Project expenditure

How have you estimated the required investment in R&D, skills and capital for this project, and any follow-on investment to commercialise the technology?

You must:

  • explain your calculations and assumptions made to quantify the amounts of spending and investment required
  • justify why your project costs and follow-on investments are realistic estimates

Please note: it is important that you explain your estimates of both direct project costs and any post-project expenditure to commercialise the technology and scale-up production.

Your answer to this question can be up to 400 words long.

You must submit one appendix with evidence and details of your calculation methods to support your answer. It must be a PDF, up to 2 A4 pages long and no larger than 10MB in size. The font must be legible at 100% zoom.

Question 13. Jobs

How have you quantified the number of jobs created or safeguarded by the project and as a result of any post-project R&D and manufacturing activities?

You must:

  • explain your calculations and assumptions made to quantify the number of jobs directly related to the project
  • your explanation should also cover any jobs included in your VfM workbook that are the result of post-project R&D and manufacturing activity that is directly related to the project
  • explain why the number of jobs and salaries are realistic, considering productivity and efficiency gains
  • for safeguarded jobs, explain and provide evidence to show that these jobs would be lost without government funding for this project

Your answer to this question can be up to 400 words long.

You must submit one appendix with your evidence and details of your calculation methods to support your answer. It must be a PDF, up to 2 A4 pages long and no larger than 10MB in size. The font must be legible at 100% zoom.

Question 14. Sales and emissions

Provide further detail about the vehicle-related information you have given in tab Q13 in the VfM workbook.

You must:

  • justify the vehicles you have selected in the VfM workbook(vehicles 1 to 4)
  • explain how you have quantified vehicle sales, what assumptions you have used in your sales forecast, and justify why the sales forecast is realistic
  • explain why the comparator vehicles included in the VfM workbook are the best alternative for consumers by the time your technology reaches the market
  • explain any assumptions used in establishing fuel or energy consumption and CO2 emissions of the comparator vehicles selected in the VfM workbook
  • explain the specific contribution of this project to the future vehicle drivetrain, to quantify the impact of the overall emission savings your technology will achieve versus comparator vehicles

Your answer to this question can be up to 400 words long.

You must submit one appendix with evidence and documentation of your sales forecast and justification of comparator vehicles to support your answer. It must be a PDF, up to 2 A4 pages long and no larger than 10MB in size. The font must be legible at 100% zoom.

Question 15. Marketing and communications project lead (Not scored)

You must provide the full name and email address of a marketing and communications contact for the lead partner in your project.

Your answer can be up to 100 words long.

3. Finances

Each organisation in your project must complete their own project costs, organisation details and funding details in the application. Academic institutions must complete and upload a Je-S form.

For full details on what costs you can claim see our project costs guidance.

Background and further information

The Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) supports the acceleration of the industrialisation of technologies which will help to realise net-zero emission vehicles. It is at the heart of the UK government’s commitment to end the country’s contribution to global warming by 2050.

Since its foundation in 2013, APC has funded 150 low carbon projects, involving more than 350 partners. The technologies developed in these projects are projected to save over 260 million tonnes of CO2, the equivalent of removing the lifetime emissions from 1010.2 million cars.

APC projects have helped generate economic benefits too. Companies involved have seen turnover increases of 14% to 17%, with new jobs increasing by 8% to 10%. Together these have generated a 17% gross value added uplift.

With its deep sector expertise and cutting-edge knowledge of new propulsion technologies, APC’s role in building and advising project consortia, helps projects start more quickly and deliver more value. In the longer term, its work to drive innovation and encourage collaboration is building the foundations for a successful UK industry.

For more information go to apcuk.co.uk or follow us @theapcuk on Twitter and Advanced Propulsion Centre UK on LinkedIn.

APC competitions are formally delivered in partnership between APC, Innovate UK and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

APC will:

  • work with consortia to support bid development
  • support the competition process, including hosting both launch and guidance events and interviews
  • act as advocates for consortia to improve future competitions
  • support project delivery once contracts are awarded, through APC staff
  • act as a source of guidance for consortia during the critical project start up phase, and while projects are running, through APC-appointed project delivery leads
  • monitor the impact of the project portfolio

APC can help by:

  • providing general guidance regarding interpretation of competition rules and guidelines on an informal basis
  • helping your consortium to structure the bid development process
  • explaining common pitfalls
  • answering questions regarding whether or not your project is within scope

Innovate UK will:

  • deliver the competition process and technical assessment framework
  • support and manage applicant queries about the competition process
  • issue and manage grant contracts
  • provide formal assurance that projects are meeting their commitments once they are running (known as project monitoring)
  • approve financial claims and issue funds

BEIS will:

  • assess the benefit that the proposed project will deliver to the UK economy through value for money assessment
  • make a recommendation to ministers to support funding if the benefit meets an acceptable level and all other assessment criteria are met
  • formally monitor delivery of economic outputs on an annual basis and after delivery of the project

Any information received by Innovate UK for this competition may be shared with APC and BEIS. Innovate UK has a data sharing agreement in place with these bodies which safeguards both personal and commercial data in accordance with data protection legislation.

Extra help

Please note that the APC role is to provide indicative guidance rather than formal advice. To contact APC email info@apcuk.co.uk or call +44 (0)24 7652 8700.

Find a project partner

If you want help to find a project partner, contact the Innovate UK KTN

Support for SMEs from Innovate UK EDGE

If you receive an award, you will be contacted about working with an innovation and growth specialist at Innovate UK EDGE. This service forms part of our funded offer to you.

These specialists focus on growing innovative businesses and ensuring that projects contribute to their growth. Working one-to-one, they can help you to identify your best strategy and harness world class resources to grow and achieve scale.

We encourage you to engage with Innovate UK EDGE, delivered by a knowledgeable and objective specialist near you.

Contact us

If you need more information about how to apply or you want to submit your application in Welsh, email support@iuk.ukri.org or call 0300 321 4357. Our phone lines are open from 9am to 11:30am and 2pm to 4:30pm, Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays).

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