A business or a research organisation must lead the project. Organisations must work with others, but consortia should contain no more than 5 partners (lead organisation plus 4 others).
Projects outside the number of partners listed must agree this with Innovate UK before the registration close date.
All projects must submit a collaboration agreement with their proposal documents.
Proposals must include a schedule detailing milestone costs and public investment sought.
Projects will also be judged on their business model and realistic plan for creating and committing to a long-term operational facility. Business models must include marketing, operation and maintenance for at least 10 years beyond the end of the initial investment period of the project. Completed facilities must operate commercially, with users paying a market rate. It must be open to several users on a transparent and non-discriminatory basis, including SMEs.
Facilities that support underpinning AV technologies that have cross-sector applicability (for example, agriculture, public transport, and drones) will be preferred.
Business plans must demonstrate how the facility is customer friendly for all, including international customers. Facilities such as secure garages and general logistics to support testing should be identified.
Projects must agree to work with the CAV hub to deliver a joined up group of UK testing facilities. Each funded facility will be expected to work as part of a UK CAV test ecosystem via a hub-and-spoke structure. Each facility must support the appropriate teams and goals and show an understanding of fitting into the wider testing ecosystem.