Driving the change towards Net Zero: apply for funding

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Apply for a share of £15 million to catalyse the green economic recovery in transport, energy and industrial sectors

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, has up to £15 million co-funded from Driving the Electric Revolution Challenge and the Office for Low Emission Vehicles ;to support business-led research that will develop supply chains and manufacturing capability for Power Electronics, Electric Machines and Drives (PEMD) technologies and support the development of new technologies that enable zero-emission vehicles.

PEMD technologies are the building blocks for all sectors undergoing electrification. Their development will accelerate the UK's ability to deliver, amongst others:

  • next generation electric vehicles
  • hybrid aircraft
  • energy generation
  • smart grids
  • robotics & industrial drives
  • consumer products
  • low-carbon off-highway vehicles for construction and agriculture
  • low-carbon maritime and rail

They will also support the realisation of Net Zero targets through clean innovation.

This competition has two strands.

Strand 1 - PEMD supply chain improvements
Up to £5 million is available to support business-led projects that aim to improve the UK supply chain for power electronics, machines, and drives.

Projects could work on one or more of the following:

  • manufacturing process development such as improving productivity, implementing new tools, automating processes, reconfiguring processes to improve productivity or flexibility
  • design for manufacture such as designing or redesigning a product for more efficient production, specification of a manufacturing process, improvements in modelling and simulation software, developments to allow manufacture of products with recycling taken into consideration
  • circular economy approaches such as scale-up of processes for recycling and recovery of materials, lifecycle and embedded carbon analysis, and waste reduction and process energy efficiency
  • innovative testing and validation such as virtual product validation, and scale-up or automation of testing and validation processes

The deadline for applications to strand 1 of the competition is 11:00 on 29 July 2020.

Businesses of any size may apply and must work with at least one other organisation.

View the online briefing event or find out more about this competition and apply.

Strand 2: zero or very low emissions
Up to £10 million is available to support feasibility studies and research and development projects looking to develop technologies for zero emission vehicles or that target emissions significantly lower than 75g of CO2 per km. Projects developing electric vehicle charging are also eligible for support.

Projects must build on a previous research project or feasibility study and could work on niche or mainstream vehicles including motorcycles, cars, goods vehicles and emergency vehicles. Work could include:

  • battery technologies
  • electrification of conventional powertrains
  • hybridisation technologies
  • technologies that increase the efficiency of powertrain or auxiliary systems
  • hydrogen technologies
  • range extender technologies
  • EV charging services, including charging solutions, roaming, integration and grid services

The deadline for applications to strand 1 of the competition is 11:00 on 29 July 2020. Businesses of any size may apply, and they can work alone or with up to 2 other organisations.

An online briefing event will take place on 22 June 2020. Find out more about this competition and apply.


First published 23 June 2020