The Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) is investing £25 million in late-stage, collaborative R&D to develop automotive technology and processes. Through APC 19, they aim to grow capability to support the UK automotive industry’s transition towards net zero.


Projects should demonstrate the development of on-vehicle technologies (including material, product and manufacturing processes) for on or off-road vehicles. They should either i) accelerate the development of technologies capable of low and zero tailpipe emissions or ii) demonstrate a significant reduction in carbon dioxide emissions leading to air quality improvements.

A number of technologies are in scope, including motors, batteries, vehicle hydrogen systems, power electronics, hybridisation, lightweight vehicle structures, and alternative propulsion systems. All proposals must align with the UK’s Green Industrial Strategy and clearly demonstrate how high-value R&D will take place in the UK because of this funding.


All projects must fulfil the following criteria:

  • Have total eligible costs between £5 million and £40 million
  • Be a minimum of 50% match funded
  • Start before 1st April 2022
  • Last between 18 and 42 months
  • Carry out its project work in the UK
  • Intend to exploit the results from or in the UK

In addition, the lead organisation must:

  • Be a UK registered business of any size
  • Have an active registered business base in the UK
  • Be a grant recipient
  • Involve at least one SME if the lead is not one
  • Include in your consortia a vehicle manufacturer or tier 1 supplier who supplies parts directly to an original equipment manufacturer
  • Collaborate with others – specifically, Innovate UK suggests that projects contain up to 6 project partners.
More Information

APC 19 is open from 9th August until 6th October. For more information and to apply, please visit the competition page. If you are looking for bid writing support and would like to arrange a free consultation with a member of our team, get in touch today.