New grant funding opportunity for the automotive sector

If you are an organisation within the automotive sector looking to regenerate your innovation plans for funding, then grants could be the answer for your business.

13 April 2021


As we edge closer to moving out of lockdown restriction, the grant funding landscape is also re-opening to help companies who have previously suspended their R&D activities.

If you are an organisation within the automotive sector looking to regenerate your innovation plans for funding, then grants could be the answer for your business. With an overall pot of £25m to be distributed to UK companies, the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) Round 18 has recently opened which could help re-align your R&D programme.

With the Round 18 deadline announced as the 5th May 2021, now is the perfect time to contact ABGI to see if you can secure a share of the funding with your collaborative partners. Focusing on your day-to-day activities and working with a grant funding specialist ensures you can maximise opportunities available to you.

Key Eligibility:

  • Projects must be collaborative – they must have a consortium of organisations
  • A vehicle manufacturer or tier 1 supplier who supplies parts directly to an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) is mandatory as part of the collaboration
  • A UK registered business of any size
  • Involve an SME as part of the collaboration
  • Project work must be carried out in the UK
  • Post-project commercial activities must be in/from the UK
  • Total eligible costs must be between £5 million and £40 million and be a minimum of 50% match funded

Project Scope:

Your project must address one of the following:

  • Accelerate the development of technologies capable of low and zero tailpipe emissions, considering their associated ‘cradle to grave’ supply chains, up to and including end of life
  • Demonstrate a significant reduction in carbon dioxide emissions leading to air quality improvements

Previous Winners from Round 16:

BSA Company – The Electric BSA Project. A retro-styled motorbike designed and developed by BSA will be the first of its kind to be powered by a battery-powered electric motor.

Jaguar Land Rover – Advanced Storage Technology Into Reality. The ASTIR (Advanced Storage Technology Into Reality) consortium will develop a new battery concept that will enhance the attributes of future Jaguar Land Rover electrified vehicles from 2024.

European Metal Recycling – Recycling of EV cells from obsolete vehicles at scale. This project will see the introduction of a new UK-based circular supply chain for electric vehicle batteries by developing the infrastructure to collect and recycle electric vehicles.

Saietta Group – Saietta Axial Flux Motor Productionisation. Saietta has engineered a breakthrough in electric propulsion motors for all vehicles from scooters to buses.

ARRIVAL – Project Next Generation Drive Unit. The Next Generation Drive Unit project is developing and demonstrating an ambitious new manufacturing model, leveraging Industry 4.0 technologies for the vertical integration of modular robotic manufacturing

Our process:

We use a five-step approach to ensure your application is ready for the deadline and makes a strong business case:

Through our Sales team, we will work with you to establish your portfolio of projects and understand the timings, costs and objectives of each of those project.

We scope the grant funding authorities to matchmake your proposed projects to the competitions likely to yield the strongest chance of success.

Kick-off meeting is held to develop technical response of the application.

Research conducted to develop business case/impacts and market responses.

Regular reviews and re-drafts to develop responses.

ABGI will upload the application to respective grants portal.

This includes any partners/consortium involved where possible.

Resubmission of applications covered in the event of unsuccessful bid.

Support through the project setup stage and of progress and technical reports during project.

Please get in touch with ABGI to see if your business could benefit from looking further into offshore wind grant funding.

ABGI is a global consultancy with over 30 years' experience helping some of the world's best-known brands accelerate innovation and business expansion by capitalising on their R&D activities, in compliance with all rules and regulations.

For more details on how we could help you leverage valuable funding back into your business through Grant Funding, contact Joe Matusiak, Grant Funding Manager on or call 07794201990.