Expression of Interest Competition

The Automotive Transformation Fund  (ATF) is a funding programme created to support the industrialisation and scale up of an UK electrified vehicle supply chain.

Accessed through the Advanced Propulsion Centre and delivered in collaboration with the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the Department for International Trade (DIT) and Innovate UK, the fund provides support for large-scale, capital-focused projects in the following key electric vehicle technology areas: 

  • batteries including cells (’gigafactories’), 
  • electric machines and, drives, 
  • power electronics, 
  • fuel cells, 
  • upstream supply chain for any of the above, 
  • recycling any aspect of the above. 

The fund has been designed to support the industrialisation of investments that fulfil key elements of strategic electrified supply chains, accelerating the transition to electrification for a net-zero automotive industry in the UK and beyond. 

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Start your application using the Innovation Funding Service Portal.

To start an application, click below to visit the Innovation Funding Service Portal, or get in contact for more assistance.

The ATF team

The ATF team are on hand to provide comprehensive support throughout the application process. Each project will be assigned a dedicated point of contact from the team who will be available to help and assist with any issues throughout. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact one of the team

Dan Bunting

Head of Business Development

Learn about Dan

Dan is an Engineer with over 20 years of experience in the automotive and power generation industries.

Beginning his career in project management and manufacturing at GEC ALSTOM, Dan has also held senior positions in production at Automotive Products and purchasing and supply chain supply at Delphi Diesel Systems.

Prior to joining the Advanced Propulsion Centre, Dan was the Global Quality Manager at Delphi Automotive Aftermarket Division

At the APC, Dan was responsible for developing the Strategic Business Plan and is now working within the Business Development Team.

Dan Bunting

Head of Business Development

Julian Hetherington

Automotive Transformation Director

Learn about Julian

Julian joins the APC after over 31 years in the automotive industry, initially at Ford then over twenty years at Jaguar Land Rover, most recently as Globalisation Programmes Director where he was responsible for overseas industrialisation programmes.

Julian has a grounding in production operations management following an early focus on industrial automation and controls before moving his focus upstream to senior roles in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering, Business Office, Portfolio Programme Management, Corporate Real Estate & Environmental Compliance and, more recently, international expansion which involved overseas assignments in China and Brazil, and has been a passionate advocate for the UK automotive industry when dealing with overseas governments and agencies to promote bilateral investment and trade.

Having been through several complete economic cycles, managing change, business transformation and dealing with the uncertainties and volatility of government policy have been formative experiences and he has significant experience of leading and working within complex cross-functional team structures. He was heavily involved in the processes to manage transition of JLR from Ford to Tata ownership and develop the organisation and its processes to manage growth in capability and scale in the UK and overseas.

Julian was previously Deputy Chair of JLR’s Pension Trustee and Chaired the Investment Strategy Committee.

Julian Hetherington

Automotive Transformation Director

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