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Next-Generation Automotive Campaign

Campaign #1: Preparing for a zero-carbon future
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SETsquared’s Scale-Up Programme will invest £200K+ into R&D project proposal development for the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) + other opportunities

The pace of change towards low-to-zero emission vehicles is creating unprecedented disruption across the global automotive sector and SETsquared’s Next-Generation Automotive campaign aims to secure business opportunities for UK scale-up companies in this new environment.

We invite companies (including UK Scale-Ups, OEMs and their supply chains), researchers (from the universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey) and consortia (comprised of companies & researchers) to apply for funding of up to £35k per project to help develop R&D proposals for the next-generation automotive challenges set-out by the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC), Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI), Horizon 2020 and Innovate UK.

The six partner universities have extensive automotive expertise and capabilities, so there are huge opportunities to work with them. View full automotive expertise here

The funding can be used for:

  • Consortia building
  • Securing grant funding & private investment
  • R&D proposal development

The Scale-Up Programme is a partnership between:

Are you an SME?

If you have a potential R&D project in the pipeline, now is the ideal time to get some support to build a powerful bid.

These bids open up many opportunities, including:

  • partnering with the automotive research capabilities of the universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey. View full automotive expertise here
  • rapid scale-up
  • becoming embedded in an innovative supply chain.

Are you a researcher?

If your research/expertise has applications in the automotive sector, there are many benefits to engaging with these bids, including:

  • potential to significantly increase your research income
  • expanding and developing your industrial network
  • building the impact of your research.

To support your R&D project proposal

Business-University collaboration opportunities

Lead the UK in the global automotive sector

Unlock private & public sector investment in innovation

Next-Generation Automotive

Application for R&D proposal development

Applications now closed

Have a look at the guidance in the Project Summary section and if you have any queries prior to application, please get in touch with us on

SETsquared is a partnership between

  • University of Bath
  • University of Bristol
  • University of Exeter
  • University of Southampton
  • University of Surrey