The Automotive Transformation Fund is delivered by the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) and partners, Innovate UK, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Department for International Trade (DIT). It supports the industrialisation at scale of a high-value electrified automotive supply chain in the UK.
APC is seeking proposals from single organisations or consortiums for business case feasibility studies up to the value of £1million.
These feasibility studies must produce a decision-ready business case, in preparation for projects which will develop large scale manufacturing facilities in the UK.
The resulting projects must support the UK automotive industry in:
In applying to this competition, you are entering into a competitive process. The competition closes at 11 am UK time on the deadline stated.
Your project’s total eligible project costs can be up to £1 million.
Your project must:
If your project’s total eligible costs or duration fall outside of the above criteria, you must contact the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) directly at firstname.lastname@example.org at least 10 days before the competition closes. APC will decide whether to approve your request.
To lead a project or work alone your organisation must:
Non-UK registered companies and research organisations are eligible to apply for funding as a lead or part of a project team if they:
Academic institutions cannot lead or work alone.
To collaborate with the lead, your organisation must:
If collaborative, the lead and at least one other organisation must claim funding by entering their costs during the application.
Each partner organisation must be invited into the Innovation Funding Service by the lead to collaborate on the project. Once accepted, partners will be asked to login or create an account and enter their own project costs into the Innovation Funding Service.
Non UK partners receiving funding must set up and provide evidence of an active UK registered business before they start work on the project.
Your project can include partners that do not receive any of this competition’s funding, for example non-UK businesses. Their costs will count towards the total eligible project costs.
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. If an overseas subcontractor is selected, a case must be made as to why no UK-based subcontractor can be used including a detailed rationale, evidence of UK companies that have been approached and reasons why they were unable to do so.
We expect subcontractor costs to be justified and appropriate to the total eligible project costs. A cheaper cost is not deemed as a sufficient reason to use an overseas subcontractor.
Number of applications
There are no restrictions on the number of applications an eligible organisation can lead or partner on. Should you be successful, we will ask you to confirm you have the capacity to run multiple projects simultaneously.
The Automotive Transformation Fund will support the industrialisation at scale of a high value electrified automotive supply chain in the UK. More information on the Automotive Transformation Fund can be found on the APC website.
This competition is to support companies in the development of an investment business case to secure large scale automotive supply chain manufacturing in the UK.
These business case feasibility studies must:
APC will fund a portfolio of feasibility studies across the technologies listed in the specific themes section.
Your business case must prioritise the scale up in areas mentioned in the Automotive Transformation Strategy for an electrified supply chain. Your project must prioritise scale up and can focus on but not be limited to: