Funding to encourage the development of connected and autonomous vehicles in the UK.
It is anticipated that collaborative R&D projects will range in size from total costs of £1 million to £5 million. Up to £2.5 million of the total funding is available for smaller-scale feasibility studies.
Small businesses can receive up to 70% of their eligible project costs, medium-sized businesses 60% and large businesses 50%.
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has announced that it is to invest up to £20 million in collaborative R&D projects and feasibility studies in order to stimulate developments in autonomous vehicles and connected transport systems in the UK.
The scheme builds on the 'Introducing driverless cars to UK roads' collaborative research initiative, and aims to encourage development of connected and autonomous vehicles, focusing on three themes: connectivity, autonomy and customer interaction, as well as catalysing new business models.
The overarching aim of the initiative is to provide a world-class research base in systems for connected and autonomous vehicles.
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.
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 but business partners must incur at least 70% of the total eligible project costs. The involvement of overseas-based partners in consortia, by conducting their R&D in the UK, is also particularly encouraged.
Up to 70% in match funding is required, depending on the size of the organisation/consortium.
Projects must fit in with one or more of the following thematic areas for both collaborative R&D and feasibility studies: connectivity, autonomy and customer interaction.
Within these thematic areas, collaborative R&D proposals must address one or more of the following:
- System validation tools and methodologies including security and trustworthiness.
- Vehicle to X communications (V2X).
- Data acquisition for innovative applications.
It is expected that each successful proposal will consist of at least two of the following elements: Interaction with other road users. Research and investigation of public acceptance.
- Safety and cyber security (integrity, confidentiality and availability) to ensure that projects are 'safe and secure by design'.
- Assistance for an ageing population and to aid assisted living.
- Trial of vehicles.
- Demonstration of system through modelling.
- Rapid change to the environment.
- Collection and analysis of data (along open data principles).
Successful projects will demonstrate close collaboration with partners such as technology developers, supply chain companies and manufacturers, harnessing capability and expertise beyond the traditional automotive and transport sectors.
The scope for feasibility studies is not restricted and proposals are invited within the three specified thematic areas. Projects must have the potential to lead on to future R&D opportunities.
The competition is now closed. Details of any further rounds will be reported should they become available.
Frequency: Not specified.
Link to guidelines:
Interested parties should register their expression of interest online in the first instance.
There will be a briefing and webinar held in London on 4 August 2015 to highlight the main features of the competition and explain the application process; potential applicants are strongly recommended to attend one of the events.