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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:

Catalysing Green Innovation: securing the future of ZEV

Due to the disruption caused by Covid-19 to UK industry, Driving Electric Revolution, part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund and the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) are collaborating to invest up to £15m in innovation projects that will support the UK’s continued push towards net zero.

This is strand 2 of the competition in which OLEV is working with Innovate UK to invest up to £10m in innovative feasibility studies and R&D projects. These are 6-month rapid-delivery projects to develop on-vehicle and charging technologies that will secure the future of the zero emission vehicles (ZEV) industry in the UK.

Application period opens 17 June and closes 29 July

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Catalysing Green Innovation: advancing PEMD supply chain

The aim of this competition is to facilitate UK supply chain and manufacturing capability growth in power electronics, machines and drives to enable future improvements in productivity, capacity, quality or efficiency. Circular economy and recycling activities are also in scope.

The Knowledge Transfer Network will be looking to fund short, high impact, collaborative research and development projects that can demonstrate a clear return on investment. Projects can be up to 9 months in duration and up to £500k in total eligible costs. Total funding available for this competition will be up to £5m.

The competition will launch on 15th June 2020, closing at noon 29th July 2020.

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Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC)

The APC funds propulsion technologies that will lead to a cleaner world. Specifically this encompasses technology capable of low and zero tailpipe emissions, or demonstrates a significant reduction in carbon dioxide emissions, including motors, batteries, power electronics, hybridisation and alternative propulsion systems.

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Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) Programme

The ATI works in partnership with the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Innovate UK to offer funding streams designed to accelerate innovation in the UK to maintain global competitiveness. The Strategic Programme offers four competitive funding batches per year. It is a comprehensive 2-stage assessment process suited to larger programmes typically accessing grants in excess of £1 million.

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5G Create Funding Competition

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport has launched a £30m open competition to develop new uses for 5G in a variety of industries. This includes creative industries such as film, TV and video games, but also our rich variety of technology businesses in diverse sectors such as energy, water, health and social care and logistics.  It is an open competition within the 5G Testbeds and Trials Programme. This funding will be available, aiming to explore and develop new use-cases and 5G technical capabilities.

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Advanced Route to Market Demonstrator Competition

The Advanced Route to Market Demonstrator Competition is a fast start competition designed to encourage UK industry to resume R&D after the Covid-19 pandemic, further accelerating the transition to zero emission vehicles. Applications must focus on collaborative, business led late stage R&D projects that will demonstrate advanced propulsion technologies. The output of these projects must be in the form of a physical demonstrator that can be operated or displayed at the Cenex Low Carbon Vehicle event in 2021.

Applications open on 6th July and close at noon on 7th August.

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Application form

Please complete the form below if you wish to apply for funding and support for the R&D opportunities shown above.


Unsure which opportunity is for you? Still complete the form below and we will get in touch to discuss the best fit for your business or research.

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

The Scale-Up Programme is a partnership between: