APC7: Advanced Propulsion Centre: Anchoring Low Carbon Technology in the UK

Funding for business-led collaborative R&D projects in the UK to develop low carbon automotive technologies that reduce emissions and increase capability in the supply chain.

The total budget for this call is up to £35 million to fund a limited number of collaborative R&D pre-production projects.

It is expected that total eligible project costs will be between £5 million and £40 million. Projects are expected to last between 18 and 42 months.


Before You Start

The Anchoring Low Carbon Technology in the UK Competition has been established to fund collaborative research and development projects to develop low carbon automotive technologies that reduce emissions and increase capability in the supply chain. Projects must take demonstrated on-vehicle technologies towards commercialisation in either on or off road vehicles.

As the global automotive industry addresses the challenge of producing lower-carbon transportation and improving air quality, a supply chain has yet to develop for the next generation of lightweight vehicles and propulsion systems, not just in the UK but internationally.

APC7 is seeking proposals for collaborative research and development projects that demonstrate the development of technologies based around one or more of the following technology areas:

  • Thermal Propulsion Systems
  • Lightweight vehicle and powertrain structures
  • Electric machines and power electronics
  • Energy storage and energy management
  • Alternative propulsion systems

Projects are expected to lead to significant reductions in vehicle CO2 emissions and improvements in air quality under operational conditions. Both CO2 and air quality improvements should be made with reference to comparable, best-in-class vehicles. Applicants must show how the project will strengthen UK capability and develop the UK's supply chain in the field of low carbon vehicles.

Proposals that will accelerate disruptive technologies towards market entry are particularly encouraged, as are projects that follow on from activities that have already received funding from Innovate UK.

APC funding is for industrial research or experimental development.


Technologies that primarily reside off the vehicle, such as charging infrastructure, are out of scope.

What You Need To Know

Key Criteria

Projects must be collaborative and business-led and include a vehicle manufacturer and/or a tier 1 supplier and at least one SME partner. Consortia must have a clear, demonstrable route to production and line of sight to market, within a short timeframe of project end.

UK based research organisations are eligible to participate. Non-UK based companies and research organisations are eligible to apply for funding provided that prior to the project starting they have set up a UK base from where the funded work will be carried out, and there is evidence that they intend to expand their R&D activity in the UK beyond the life of the specific project. Non-UK based companies who wish to join consortia without requesting grant funding are welcome.

Match Funding

Each partner in a project can receive funding towards their project costs - the funding is a percentage of the total eligible project costs and varies, depending on the type of organisation and the type of research (further details are available on the IUK website).

Eligible Expenditure

Costs associated with eligible collaborative research and development projects.

How To Apply


The following key dates apply to this scheme:

  • Competition open: 12 January 2017
  • Briefing event: 16 January 2017
  • Registration deadline: 12 noon, 29 March 2017
  • Application deadline: 12 noon, 5 April 2017

Frequency: One-off.

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Useful information:

Applicants must first register with IUK via the competition webpage prior to making a full application.

The application process involves a written proposal and an interview presentation. The written application will be assessed by technical assessors appointed by Innovate UK, and economic outputs are assessed by economists employed by BEIS. Selected applicants will then be invited to present their project proposal to a panel of assessors and other stakeholders.

Further advice and assistance with submitting an application may be sought directly from IUK.