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UK Government pledges £16.5M in new R&D funding to boost low carbon transport innovation; engines, energy storage, PEEM, and lightweighting

29 November 2012

The UK Technology Strategy Board, in partnership with the Office for Low Emission Vehicles and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, will invest up to £16.5m (US$26.5-million) in highly innovative collaborative R&D projects within low carbon vehicles that aim to achieve significant cuts in CO2 from road transport. The technology challenges have been defined by the Automotive Council and are based around the following four technology areas:

  • internal combustion engines
  • energy storage and energy management
  • power electronics and electric machines (PEEM)
  • lightweight vehicle and powertrain structures

The aim is to create new low carbon solutions that can position the UK at the global forefront for these specific strategic areas. Technologies must be centered on the vehicle. Projects may also take on higher risk technology challenges to support a higher return on investment for the auto industry and aggressively attack future CO2 challenges.

Projects may also take on higher risk technology challenges to support a higher return on investment for the auto industry and aggressively attack future CO2 challenges.

Grants will be awarded to UK businesses through a new, open competition for collaborative research and development funding. Proposals should demonstrate the potential to build on the UK’s existing capabilities, targeting global competitive advantage and economic benefit for the UK. Companies from outside the automotive sector, and that can bring technical knowledge and expertise to a consortium, are also encouraged to participate.

The competition opens on 18 February 2013 and expressions of interest must be submitted by 27 March 2013. Applications must then be submitted by 3 April 2013.

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