Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will work with the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) to invest up to £41.5million in innovation projects across two competition strands.
The aim of this competition is to support the CCAV ambition to progress technologies, products and services into commercial offerings.
This competition is split into 2 strands.
In strand 1 of the competition, your proposal must target early commercial self-driving vehicle opportunities and support the UK supply chain to grow and fill technology gaps necessary for their deployment.
Up to £40million has been allocated to fund industrial research and experimental development projects in this strand.
Your project’s total grant funding request must be between £500,000 and £9million.
Your project must:
You must only include eligible project costs in your application.
Under current restrictions, this competition will not fund any procurement, commercial, business development or supply chain activity with any Russian entity as lead, partner or subcontractor. This includes any goods or services originating from a Russian source.
To lead a project your organisation must:
Academic institutions, research organisations and research and technology organisations cannot lead or work alone.
To collaborate with the lead, your organisation must be one of the following UK registered:
Each partner organisation must be invited into the Innovation Funding Service by the lead to collaborate on a project. Once accepted, partners will be asked to login or to create an account and enter their own project costs into the Innovation Funding Service.
The lead and at least two other organisations must claim funding by entering their costs during the application.
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 project costs.
Subcontractors are allowed in this competition.
The aim of this competition is to target early commercial self-driving vehicle opportunities, and support the UK supply chain to grow and fill technology gaps necessary for their deployment.
Where appropriate, your project must align with the nine principles of the Future of Mobility Urban Strategy.
In this strand: Commercialising Connected and Automated Mobility: Deployments, your project must develop a new automated passenger or goods service to the point of commercial deployment.
If you are developing a passenger service, your project must improve on and integrate into existing transport systems. It must enhance how the public move and encourage active transport and public journeys, wherever appropriate.
If your project uses public roads it must comply with the Department for Transport (DfT) Code of Practice: Automated Vehicle Trialling, relevant standards for safety and security. You must work with DfT and its agencies to audit your safety and security cases before on-road trials or service deployments begin.
You must also explain how the service could be improved or expanded in the future, as technology and legislation develops.
In line with the Government’s decarbonisation goals, vehicle procurement costs, whether capital or otherwise, will only be eligible for zero emission vehicles.
Terminology in your application must comply with the meanings as per BSI Flex 1890 v4.0:2022-03: Connected and automated vehicles - Vocabulary.
We will fund a variety of projects across the competition strands, themes, different applications, geographies and operational design domains. We call this a portfolio approach.
Successful projects must support and engage with the Impact and Evaluation
Your project must focus on one or more of the following four listed options in commercial connected and automated mobility deployments:
You must ensure that you will comply with all legal requirements in your chosen deployment areas. It is your responsibility to take legal advice in this matter.