Intended to support industrialisation at scale of a high-value electrified automotive supply chain in the UK, the Automotive Transformation Fund (ATF) is a new programme funded by the UK government. Its aim is to establish a competitive and sustainable UK supply chain.
Formed in 2013 the Advanced Propulsion Centre accelerates the industrialisation of technologies which help to realise zero emission vehicles. It is at the heart of the UK Government’s commitment to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. The APC was appointed as the main Automotive Transformation Fund delivery organisation.
This Automotive Transformation Fund competition is formally delivered in partnership between APC, Innovate UK, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Department for International Trade (DIT).
The ATF will be administered utilising a portfolio approach over the life of the fund. They may also choose to prioritise projects in specific themes where the projects are deemed of strategic importance to the aims of the ATF.
For capital investment projects, the Automotive Transformation Fund capex team at BEIS will deliver the competition process, assessment framework and contracting.
For R&D projects, Innovate UK will deliver the competition process, technical assessment framework and contracting.
The value for money that the proposed project will deliver to the UK economy will be assessed by BEIS.
Where a project is linked to overseas investment in the UK, or export of goods from the UK, DIT will:
- provide reasons why an overseas business should invest in the UK
- assist with sector-specific information about the UK economy
- provide a way for overseas businesses to contact DIT staff in their country
APC can help by:
- co-ordinating your application through all the necessary steps
- providing general guidance regarding interpretation of competition rules and guidelines on an informal basis
- helping your consortium to structure the bid development process
- answering questions regarding whether or not your project is within scope
In securing funding from this programme, each participant receiving a grant will pay an industrial contribution to the APC operating budget. This will be proportional to its grant and is set at 3%.
Please note that following assessment, your application may be re-directed to other more suitable funding opportunities. You will be notified directly by the APC if this is the case.
Any information received by Innovate UK for this competition may be shared with APC, BEIS, DIT, HM Treasury and the devolved administrations. There is a data sharing agreement in place with these bodies which safeguards both personal and commercial data in accordance with data protection legislation.
Get help with your application
The Advanced Propulsion Centre’s role is to provide guidance rather than formal advice. To contact APC email ATF@apcuk.co.uk .
If you want help to find a project partner, contact the Knowledge Transfer Network.
If you need assistance using the Innovation Funding Service firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0300 321 4357.
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