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Automotive Transformation Fund offering share of up to £1bn for research projects

The Automotive Transformation Fund (ATF) is a new Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) programme that aims to establish a competitive and sustainable UK supply chain.

It offers a share of up to £1 billion of funding for capital and associated industrial research projects. This will be to support the industrialisation of a high value, electrified automotive supply at scale in the UK.

This is an expression of interest (EoI) competition, which is the first stage in a two stage process. The EoI application outlines organisations proposals and potential benefits to the UK. If the application is successful, the organisation will be invited to progress to a full application for the ATF competition.

An organisations total eligible project costs and project duration must be strongly aligned to the Automotive Transformation Fund.

Important Dates

Competition opens: Friday 30 July 2021

Competition closes: Wednesday 18 August 2021 11:00am

Eligibility

Organisations should be looking to transform the automotive industry through significant business or production expansion.  Projects should be centred around a product, process or technology that has already been demonstrated and confirmed as technically and economically feasible.

Applications can be for:

  • Capital investment only
  • Capital and associated R&D activity

Proposals must prioritise the scale up in areas mentioned in the Automotive Transformation Strategy for an electrified supply chain. Projects can focus on but are not limited to:

  • Batteries including cells (’gigafactories’)
  • Electric machines and drives
  • Fuel cells
  • Upstream supply chain
  • Recycling any aspect of the above

Projects must:

  • fit with the overall strategy of the ATF
  • offer value for money for the UK
  • have an ongoing benefit to the UK from the exploitation of your project
  • include deliverables such as time, cost and quality (including risks)

Further Information can be found at: Competition overview – Automotive Transformation Fund Expression of Interest: Round 13 – Innovation Funding Service (apply-for-innovation-funding.service.gov.uk)