Grant information


open now    Opened: 23 May 2022   |   Closes: 20 July 2022

Description

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will work with the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) to invest up to £41.5 million 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.

Innovate UK has allocated up to £40 million to fund industrial research and experimental development projects in this strand.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are entering the appropriate strand of the competition for your project.

You will not be able to transfer your application and it will not be sent for assessment if it is out of scope.

In applying to this competition, you are entering into a competitive process. This competition closes at 11:00am UK time on the deadline stated.

Funding Type

Grant

Project size

Your project’s total grant funding request must be between £500,000 and £9 million.

Who can apply

Your project

Your project must:

  • start by 1 March 2023
  • end by 31 March 2025
  • carry out all project work in the UK
  • intend to exploit the results from or in the UK
  • work with the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) to ensure compatibility with relevant current and future regulatory compliance

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.

If your total project’s grant funding request or duration falls outside of our eligibility criteria, you must provide justification by email to support@iuk.ukri.org at least 15 working days before the competition closes. Innovate UK will decide whether to approve your request. If you have not requested approval or your application has not been approved by us, you will be made ineligible and will not be sent for assessment.

 

Lead organisation

To lead a project your organisation must:

Academic institutions, research organisations and research and technology organisations cannot lead or work alone.


Project team

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

Subcontractors are allowed in this competition.

Subcontractors can be from anywhere in the UK and you must select them through your usual procurement process.

You can use subcontractors from overseas but must make the case in your application as to why you could not use suppliers from the UK.

You must provide a detailed rationale, evidence of the potential UK contractors you approached and the reasons why they were unable to work with you. Innovate UK will not accept a cheaper cost as a sufficient reason to use an overseas subcontractor.

All subcontractor costs must be justified and combined subcontractor costs must not exceed 20% of the total project costs.

 

Number of applications

A business, or public sector organisation can only lead on one application within any one strand and up to 2 applications across the whole competition. If leading it can be included as a collaborator in a further 2 applications. This is across the two strands of the competition.

A business research organisation, RTO, charity, not for profit or public sector organisation not leading an application, can collaborate in any number of applications across the two strands of the competition.

Previous Application

You can use a previously submitted application to apply for this competition.

Innovate UK will not award you funding if you have:

Subsidy control (and State aid where applicable)

This competition provides funding in line with the UK's obligations and commitments to Subsidy Control. Further information about the UK Subsidy Control requirements can be found within the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation agreement and the subsequent guidance from the department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

 

Innovate UK is unable to award organisations that are considered to be in financial difficulty. Innovate UK will conduct financial viability and eligibility tests to confirm this is not the case following the application stage.

 

EU State aid rules now only apply in limited circumstances. Please see our general guidance to check if these rules apply to your organisation.


Further Information

 

If you are unsure about your obligations under the UK Subsidy Control regime or the State aid rules, you should take independent legal advice. Innovate UK is unable to advise on individual eligibility or legal obligations.

 

You must at all times make sure that the funding awarded to you is compliant with all current Subsidy Control legislation applicable in the United Kingdom.
This aims to regulate any advantage granted by a public sector body which threatens to, or actually distorts competition in the United Kingdom or any other country or countries.

 

If there are any changes to the above requirements that mean Innovate UK needs to change the terms of this competition, they will tell you as soon as possible.

Funding

Up to £41.5 million has been allocated to fund innovation projects across the two strands of the competition. Innovate UK has allocated up to £40 million to fund innovation projects in this strand 1. Funding will be in the form of a grant.

You should apply for the minimum amount of funding required to make your project viable.

 

The total grant request in your application cannot exceed 50% of the total project costs. This is regardless of the individual partner’s grant claims.

Of that 50%, if the majority of your organisation’s work on the project is commercial or economic, your funding request must not exceed the limits below. These limits apply even if your organisation normally acts non-economically.

 

The total grant request in your application cannot exceed 50% of the total project costs. This is regardless of the individual partner’s grant claims.

 

For industrial research projects, you could get funding for your eligible project costs of:

  • up to 70% if you are a micro or small organisation
  • up to 60% if you are a medium sized organisation
  • up to 50% if you are a large organisation

For experimental development projects which are nearer to market, you could get funding for your eligible project costs of:

  • up to 45% if you are a micro or small organisation
  • up to 35% if you are a medium sized organisation
  • up to 25% if you are a large organisation

 

For more information on company sizes, please refer to the company accounts guidance. This is a change from the EU definition unless you are applying under State aid.

 

If you are applying for an award funded under State aid Regulations, the definitions are set out in the European Commission Recommendation of 6 May 2003.

 

Research participation

The organisations undertaking non-economic activity as part of the project can share up to 30% of the total eligible project costs. If your consortium contains more than one organisation undertaking non-economic activity, this maximum is shared between them.

Of that 30% you could get funding for your eligible project costs of up to:

  • 80% of full economic costs (FEC) if you are a Je-S registered institution such as an academic
  • 100% of your project costs if you are an RTO, charity, not-for-profit organisation, public sector organisation or research organisation

Zenzic levy

You must pay Zenzic for the services it provides, outlined in the Supporting Information section, by the payment of a fee through the Lead Partner.

The fee will be calculated as 3% of the total grant offered to the project. Academic partners are also required to pay this fee. This is an absolute condition of the award of your grant.

Scope

Your proposal

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.

 

Innovate UK will fund a variety of projects across the competition strands, themes, different applications, geographies and operational design domains. Innovate UK calls this a portfolio approach.

 

Successful projects must support and engage with the Impact and Evaluation

Specific themes

Your project must focus on one or more of the following four listed options in commercial connected and automated mobility deployments:

 

Logistics services

 

  • in public spaces to which the public have access
  • in private spaces to which the public do not have access

 

Passenger services

 

  • in public spaces to which the public have access
  • in private spaces to which the public do not have access

 

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.

Research categories

Innovate UK will fund industrial research projects and experimental development projects, as defined in the guidance on categories of research.
 

Projects that will not be funded

Innovate UK is not funding projects that:

  • are early stage research into automated driving systems
  • include testing or deployments of drone technologies in public spaces
  • include aircraft or waterborne craft
  • include rail vehicles
  • are dependent on export performance
  • are dependent on domestic inputs usage

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