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Automotive Transformation Fund expression of interest: February 2021

Opens:
2/2/2021
Closes:
24/4/2021
Sectors:
Automotive & Transport
All
Project Size:
TBC

Summary

The Automotive Transformation Fund (ATF) is a new 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. If your application is successful you will be invited to apply to a full stage competition strand when it is published.

 

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).

 

Eligibility

To lead a project or work alone your organisation must:

  • be a UK registered business of any size
  • carry out its project work in the UK
  • intend to exploit the results from or in the UK
  • address the requirements of the Automotive Transformation Fund

 

To collaborate with the lead, your organisation must:

  • be a UK registered business, academic institution, charity, public sector organisation or research and technology organisation (RTO)
  • carry out its project work in the UK
  • intend to exploit the results from or in the UK

 

Subcontractors are allowed in this competition and must be selected through a participant’s normal procurement process. Subcontractors can be from anywhere in the UK.

 

You can make more than one application. There are no restrictions on the number of applications a business can lead or collaborate on. There are no restrictions on the number of applications a partner can collaborate on.

Scope

Your project must have an automotive application.


Your total eligible project costs and project duration must be appropriate and in proportion to the planned objectives and prioritisation within the Automotive Transformation Fund.


Your application can focus on one of these:

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


Your proposal must prioritise the scale up in areas mentioned in the Automotive Transformation Strategy.  This includes but is not limited to:

  • batteries
  • motors and drives
  • power electronics
  • fuel cell
  • recycling of any of the above


The ATF will prioritise support to projects that:

  • can act as anchors to their respective supply chains
  • are likely to lead to further investments while creating a sustainable and competitive supply chain for the future


Innovate UK will not fund capital investment that:

  • includes investment in final electric vehicle assembly at original equipment manufacturers (OEM)
  • is related to charging infrastructure
  • supports retail and wholesale fuel supply
  • focuses primarily on use of digital or data technologies such as simulation
  • speculative site enabling projects

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