UK registered businesses and Canadian SMEs can apply for a share of £4 million to collaborate on joint R&D projects that enable the transition to net zero transportation. They must demonstrate high potential for commercialisation, address a technological challenge and target large global markets.


All projects must focus on innovations that enable the transition to net zero for the automotive, rail, or maritime sectors. They must focus on at least one of the following themes:

  1. Low and zero emission propulsion
  2. Advanced sustainable materials and manufacturing
  3. Highly disruptive technologies
  4. Assistive technologies and control systems

Funding is available for industrial research projects and experimental development projects.


The lead organisation must be a UK registered business of any size or a Canadian registered SME. However, all consortia must include at least one grant claiming UK registered SME and one eligible Canadian registered SME.

In addition, all projects must:

  • Have a grant funding request of no more than £300,000 allocated to UK organisations
  • Have a grant funding request of no more than CA$500,000 allocated to each eligible Canadian SME
  • Start by 1st January 2023 and end by 31st December 2024
  • Last between 12 and 24 months

You can read the full eligibility criteria here.

More Information

This competition opens on 4th April and closes at 5pm UK time on 29th June 2022. Canadian applicants must register and submit an Expression of Interest before submitting an application.

For more information, please visit the competition page or attend the online briefing event on 7th April. You might also be interested in the matchmaking event taking place on 25th April.

How can RedKnight help?

RedKnight has extensive experience of developing bids for transnational innovation projects. To find out more about how we can help, please contact us in order to arrange a free consultation.