APC 17: developing the UK’s low carbon automotive capability

UK-registered businesses can apply now for a share of £27 million for UK-developed late stage R&D, to support growth in advanced low carbon propulsion capability in the automotive sector.

The aim of this competition is to seek proposals for collaborative match funded R&D projects. These must demonstrate the development of on-vehicle technologies, (including material, product and manufacturing processes) for on or off-road vehicles.

Your project must either:

  • accelerate the development of technologies capable of low and zero tailpipe emissions


  • or demonstrate a significant reduction in carbon dioxide emissions leading to air quality improvements

Your proposal must clearly align with the UK’s Industrial Strategy and must clearly demonstrate how high value R&D will take place in the UK as a result of this funding.

APC is particularly looking for projects that support the UK’s long-term supply chain, associated capabilities and growth aspirations. This includes improving productivity and competitiveness in the design, build and manufacture of vehicles that are capable of low and zero tailpipe emissions.

Technologies in scope are:

  • motors
  • batteries
  • power electronics
  • hybridisation
  • alternative propulsion systems

Your project must support the growth of these technologies, creating more jobs and capability throughout the UK supply chain.

To find out more and apply, click here.

Key Dates

Stage 1

  • 17 August 2020 – Competition opens
  • 25 August 2020 – Briefing event
  • 14 October 2020 11:00am – Application deadline

Stage 2

  • 10 November 2020 – Applicants invited to interview
  • 7th December 2020 – Interview panel week commencing
  • 8 January 2021 – Applicants informed

To find out more about some of the previous projects we have supported through funding, click here to read about their technology and success.


Meet the APC17 Team

Zoe Hall

Head of Competitions and Projects
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Chris Harris

Business Development Lead
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Dan Bunting

Head of Business Development
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