UK registered businesses can apply for a share of £10 million for Zero Emission Propulsion CR&D projects. This funding is from the new Net Zero Mobility Programme.


The aim of this competition is to support future propulsion technologies for the transport sector, covering maritime, rail, automotive, and aerospace. There are a range of technologies that are in scope for each sector, including:

  • Maritime: Clean maritime technologies for all sizes and categories of maritime vessel are in scope.
  • Rail: Technologies can target all locomotive classes including those for freight and passenger carrying services and carriages.
  • Automotive: Technologies can cover both niche and mainstream on and off-road vehicles.
  • Aerospace: Technologies for drones or unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), advanced air mobility (AAM), and electric or hybrid passenger aircraft.

Projects must address one or more of the following: improved range and overall system performance capability; decreased total cost of ownership; adoption of and transition to zero emission end products; or strengthening of the UK supply chain.

In addition, applicants must show a need for the project by including an end customer within the consortium. They can be a funded partner or non-funded project adviser.


All projects must:

  • have total costs between £250,000 and £1.5 million
  • have a maximum project duration of 18 months
  • start before 1st August 2023
  • claim the grant funding before 31st March 2025
  • carry out all project work in the UK
  • intend to exploit the results from or in the UK

The lead organisation must be a UK registered business and work in collaboration with other UK registered organisations. The consortium has to involve at least one SME.

More Information

The Zero Emission Propulsion CR&D competition is open from 17th October until 7th December. Apply via the competition page or contact us if you would like help with your application.