Funding to encourage the development of connected and autonomous vehicles in the UK.
Businesses may apply for a share worth up to £35 million.
Funding differs depending on the stream entered:
- Up to £15 million of total funding is available for stream one (a maximum of two projects).
- There is up to £15 million in total for stream two and three.
- There is up to £5 million worth of grant funding in total for projects in stream four.
It is expected that projects will range from £250,000 up to £5 million in total costs.
The Centre for Connected & Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) will make an investment of £30 million and Innovate UK will make an investment of £5 million in order to support collaborative R&D projects and feasibility studies. CCAV and Innovate UK wish to stimulate developments in autonomous vehicles and connected transport systems in the UK.
The purpose of this competition is to encourage the creation of technical solutions for autonomous vehicle features, with clear commercial benefit, that will be beneficial to users. This competition has been split into four streams, which are as follows:
- Stream One: Funding is available for large-scale challenges that will develop and demonstrate a vehicle that is operating at SAE level 4 automation. Projects should last for 18-30 months.
- Stream Two: Funding is available for collaborative research and development projects that focus upon either business opportunities or real world problems. Projects should last for 18-30 months.
- Stream Three: Funding is available for technical feasibility study projects that will apply innovative thinking to real-world problems. Projects should last for one to two years.
- Stream Four: Funding is available for collaborative research and development projects that will deliver successful results within the space of a year. Projects should last for up to one year.
Interested parties should note the following restrictions:
- Funding for projects covering other modes of transport outside the automotive space will not be provided. However, connected infrastructure and supporting systems and services are within the scope of the competition.
- Funding for the supporting systems that are required in order to enable vehicle technology will be considered to be eligible. However, projects where infrastructure or supporting systems add up to the primary expenditure will not be considered to be in scope.
Applications are invited from consortia led by any sized company and proposals from medium-sized companies are particularly encouraged.
Research organisations may participate as collaborators in a consortium. The involvement of overseas-based partners in consortia, by conducting their R&D in the UK, is also particularly encouraged.
In order to be part of a project, the applicant must carry out their project within the UK. The applicant must also work collaboratively with others, such as businesses, research organisations and third sector organisations.
Those who are entering stream one and two may apply for up to a maximum of 30% of total eligible project costs. Those who are entering stream 3 and 4 may apply for up to a maximum of 50% of total eligible project costs. Those whose consortium contains over one research organisation should note that this maximum should be shared between them.
Funding should be used for the purpose of researching and developing connected and autonomous vehicle technologies. Funding will be used to support industry-led research and development over the course of five years.
This scheme is now closed. The last deadline for applications was 9 November 2016. Information regarding future rounds will be given once available.
Before beginning the application process, applicants should ensure that they read the general guidelines for applicants which can be found on the UK government website. Here, applicants may find out information concerning funding rules, project costs, state aid, submission advice, categories of research and development and participation in a project.
When making their application, the lead applicant should make sure to submit the following documents:
- An application form with their individual application number.
- Project appendices in the form of pdf documents, that are in the form of pdf documents and that are labelled with their application number.
- Partner finance forms for each non-academic partner involved within the project.
A briefing event will take place 8 September 2016 with a registration deadline of 2 November 2016. Invites to the interview stage will be given 2 December 2016. Interview feedback will be given 6 December 2016. The feedback response deadline was 6 January 2017. On 13 January 2017 there will be a presentation and attendee names will be submitted 13 January 2017. Interviews will take place during the week commencing 16 January 2016 and the week commencing 23 January 2017. A decision will be made and given to applicants by 10 February 2017.
Applications will be assessed by five expert, external assessors who will score applications consistently and in a manner that is in line with scoring matrices. Written feedback will be provided for each mark question. Applications will be given a ranking in a descending order. Projects that score highly in stream one, stream two and stream four will be put through an interview process. The lead applicant will receive notification in regards to the funding decision and all applications that are in scope for the competition will be given assessor feedback.