Automotive Transformation Fund

The Automotive Transformation Fund sets out to put the UK at the centre of the global transition to zero emissions.

Creating a base for the future

The scale and pace of the change required to meet the ambitious net-zero targets raise significant challenges across the entire industrial landscape. As the automotive sector goes through the most significant disruptive technology transition in a century, the UK is ready to seize the once-in-a-generation opportunity to be at the forefront of the global ambition to eliminate vehicle emissions for good.

As the industry rapidly embraces electrification, there is a significant opportunity to create a sustainable and competitive UK supply chain for the design, build, manufacture and recycling of zero-emission vehicles. Accelerating business innovation and boosting R&D investment will make the UK the best place in the world to start and scale up business.

Accelerating progress

The Automotive Transformation Fund is a long-term programme designed to enable the UK to build the world’s most comprehensive and compelling electrified vehicle supply chain.

ATF will enable UK-based manufacturers to serve global markets, increasing skilled jobs and building the foundations for the automotive industry to transition to zero-emission technologies.

Through ATF, we will increase our scope to include industrialisation, enabling us to better support the UK automotive industry on the road to a zero-emission future.

Supporting key technologies

Supporting the industrialisation of this new supply chain means diving deep to support the sub-tier components, materials and chemicals that will supply this sector.

ATF is dedicated to supporting the large-scale industrialisation of an electrified supply chain. The programme will support strategically important capital and R&D investments in the UK and will begin by focusing on companies involved in:

  • 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


A collaborative initiative

We are the gateway to UK automotive electrification opportunities and are on-hand to ensure rapid progress. Behind the scenes, the Automotive Transformation Fund is powered by a collaboration between the Advanced Propulsion Centre, the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Department for International Trade and Innovate UK.

Together these organisations will harness the knowledge developed through extensive research and consensus-building across the automotive industry and beyond, ensuring that investment is made in the areas that will help the UK automotive industry the most, and supporting investing organisations through their project journey.

How do I get involved?

Start by registering your project through the Funding Tool where it will be reviewed by the ATF team. Eligible projects will be invited to submit a formal Expression of Interest (EOI) or to enter one of our regular Feasibility Study competitions. If an EOI is successful, applicants will then be invited to submit a Full Project Application for funding. All applications will undergo independent assessment by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and/or Innovate UK. Applicants will be supported by the ATF team throughout.
Funding Tool

Need some more information?

To help explain the Automotive Transformation Fund in more depth, we’ve created a briefing document which explains its scope in further detail. In this document, you’ll be able to find out the scope criteria of organisations the ATF will be able to support.
Download here