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Multiple funding & business support opportunities for SMEs
& academics in the transport sector

 

We provide support to companies and researchers to help you submit compelling collaborative R&D bids to major funding calls, which have the best chance of success. So far, through our Scale-Up Programme we’ve supported over 80 bids, over a third of which have been successfully awarded.

Worth up to £15k, the funded support can include commissioning a professional bid writer, project management, conference attendance and travel – as needed to prepare the most compelling bid possible.  For companies, we can also help link you to the considerable research expertise of the our Scale-Up Partner Universities – Bath, Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey and provide opportunities to join consortia.

We’ve identified some key transport-related Government funding calls, listed below, for which we can provide support. So if you are considering a bid to any of these funding calls now is the time to apply for this support to boost your chances of success.

Our Scale-Up Programme provides a broad range of support to innovative, growing SMEs, if you’re not looking for support to bid for R&D funding, check out our main Scale-Up landing page to find out more.

Supported funding calls:

Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition – Strand 1

The Department for Transport will work with Innovate UK to invest up to £20m for innovative clean maritime and smart shipping projects. Up to £10m is available through this competition to support feasibility projects for the design and development of technologies for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by the UK’s maritime sector as set out in the Clean Maritime Plan and support the transition to Net Zero by 2050.

In this competition, solutions are sought for all sizes and categories of maritime vessels. Solutions can be suitable for one target size or multiple sizes of vessels. All ports and harbours are in scope, including infrastructure for both freight and leisure. Projects from around the UK to support boosting jobs and economic growth are encouraged, including: ports, vessel operators, vessel manufacturers, and their relevant supply chain.

Projects must have total eligible costs between £25,000 and £1,000,000, end by 31 March 2022, last up to 7 months, and start by 1 September 2021.

Applications for funding close at 11am on 2 June 2021 so please submit your application for support below.

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Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition – Strand 2

The Department for Transport will work with Innovate UK to invest up to £20m for innovative clean maritime and smart shipping projects. Up to £10m is available through this competition to support industrial research projects and experimental development projects for the design and development of technologies for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by the UK’s maritime sector as set out in the Clean Maritime Plan and support the transition to Net Zero by 2050.

In this competition, solutions are sought for all sizes and categories of maritime vessels. Solutions can be suitable for one target size or multiple sizes of vessels. All ports and harbours are in scope, including infrastructure for both freight and leisure. Projects from around the UK to support boosting jobs and economic growth are encouraged, including: ports, vessel operators, vessel manufacturers, and their relevant supply chain. Applications can include the purchase of relevant capital equipment as an eligible project cost where this is necessary as part of a proposal and to deliver project objectives.

Projects must have total eligible costs between £100,000 and £4,000,000, end by 31 March 2022, last up to 7 months, and start by 1 September 2021.

Applications for funding close at 11am on 2 June 2021 so please submit your application for support below.

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Driving the Electric Revolution: Supply Chains to Net Zero Funding Competition

Following the success of the third funding competition titled Catalysing Green Innovation, Driving the Electric Revolution’s next funding competition will launch in March 2021.

This competition aims to facilitate UK supply chain and manufacturing capability growth in power electronics, machines and drives (PEMD) to enable future improvements in productivity, capacity, quality or efficiency. Activities around circular economy and recycling are also in scope.

Competition opens: 09:30, 8 March

Competition closes: 11:00, 2 June

Please submit your application for support below.

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Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) Programme

The ATI Programme represents a £3.9 billion joint government and industry investment to maintain and grow the UK’s competitive position in civil aerospace. The Strategic Programme offers four competitive funding batches per year. This is an expression of interest (EoI) competition. Participants must have a successful application in this competition before they can be invited to apply to the full stage competition.

Proposals must align with the UK Aerospace Technology Strategy, ‘Accelerating Ambition’, which is split into these areas: vehicles, advanced systems, aerostructures, propulsion and power, and cross-cutting enablers.

The May Expression of Interest competition dates will be released soon so please submit your application for support below.

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SBRI Zero emission road freight, supporting uptake of battery electric trucks

This is a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition funded by the Department for Transport and delivered by Innovate UK. It forms part of a £20 million managed programme supporting the transition to zero emission trucks in the UK. The aim of the competition is to develop an interactive solution to de-risk, aid and encourage fleet operators to convert to battery electric vehicles. The solution will be used by public and private fleet operators to understand the strengths, weaknesses, and deployment options around commercially available zero emission trucks. The solution will also identify the needs and challenges around critical supporting infrastructure, vehicle charging and fleet management. This is phase 1 of a potential 2-phase competition.

Proposals must demonstrate a credible and practical route to market and include a plan to commercialise the results and demonstrate how it will be of value to the public sector. Projects must create a solution which helps users to understand the strengths and weaknesses of deploying commercially available battery electric zero emission trucks.

Projects can range in size up to total costs of £10 million, inclusive of VAT, must start by 1 July 2021, and must end by 31 March 2022.

Applications for funding close at 11am on 20 May 2021 so please submit your application for support below.

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Automotive Transformation Fund (ATF)

The Automotive Transformation Fund is a new programme that aims to establish a competitive and sustainable UK supply chain. It offers a share of up to £1 billion of funding for industrial research and capital projects. This will be to support the industrialisation of a high-value, electrified automotive supply at scale in the UK. This is an expression of interest (EoI) competition. The Scale-Up Programme is supporting applications to the Research and Development (R&D) full stage competition strand only. If your EoI is successful, you will be invited to apply to the Research and Development (R&D) full stage competition strand at which point you may request further bid development support from the SETsquared Scale-Up Programme.

Competition closes 11:00 Wednesday 19 May, so please submit your application for support below.

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NATEP helping SMEs innovate in aerospace – Spring 2021

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, is working with the Aerospace Technology Institute and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). The NATEP competition is held approximately every 6 months. This is call 4 of 6 and for each call there is up to £2.5m funding available. The aim of this competition is to provide help for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to develop innovative aerospace technologies. These will enhance SME capabilities and increase the ability to win new business.

This competition is seeking to support proposals that align with the priorities stated in the UK Aerospace technology strategy, Accelerating Ambition, which covers vehicles, advanced systems, aerostructures, propulsion and power, and cross-cutting enablers. Proposals will be subject to an independent assessment by Innovate UK and strategic review by the Aerospace Technology Institute, and will need to pass both assessments in order to be recommended for funding.

A project must have total eligible costs must be between £100,000 and £300,000, start by 1 October 2021 and end by 31 March 2023, and last between 12 and 18 months.

The competition will close at 11:00 on 19 May so please submit your application for support below.

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Application form

If you wish to apply for funding and support for the R&D opportunities shown above complete the form below to join the Scale Up Programme as an associate – which is free and without commitment. Read a guide on how to make a good application

 

Alternatively, if you are unsure which opportunity is for you still complete the form below and we will get in touch to discuss your proposal and check it’s in scope for the support programme.

Associate membership of the Scale Up programme is open to any company who meets the criteria and is free of charge. Full Membership will be offered to companies who access the CR&D proposal development support or investment raising support services. Full membership is subject to payment by the member company of a one-off fee and Membership is valid for one year. For the year 2019/20 the Membership Fee is £1,600 ex VAT. Any eligible company can waive the fee under the De Minimis State aid regulation (Commission Regulation (EU) NO 1470/2013) (DMR) providing they have not received in excess of 200,000EUR of aid within a 3 year period . This requires eligible companies to complete a Statement of Previous Aid declaration

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