During a visit to the MIRA Technology Park in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, Business Secretary Vince Cable yesterday announced government funding of up to £16.5 million for research and development into low carbon vehicle technology.
Grants will be awarded to UK businesses through a new open competition for collaborative research and development funding, opening early next year, which will be managed by the UK’s innovation agency, the Technology Strategy Boardin partnership with the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).
A networking event where organisations can meet and discuss potential projects with a wide cross-section of other organisations from both the automotive sector and, crucially, from neighbouring technology sectors, will be hedd on 27 November 2012, but you will need to register in advance.
Integrated Delivery Programme - IDP9
Titled "Technology challenge in low carbon vehicles - competition for collaborative R&D funding February 2013" - this is the ninth competition under the Integrated Delivery Programme.
Total individual project costs are expected to be between £1m and £5m. Projects are expected to last between 24 and 36 months.
Investments to be made in projects involving low carbon vehicles aiming to achieve significant cuts in CO2
Investments will be offered to highly innovative, industry-led projects involving low carbon vehicles that aim to achieve significant cuts in CO2 from road transport. Technologies must be centred on the vehicle, and higher risk technology challenges to support a higher return on investment for the auto industry and aggressively attack future CO2 challenges can be supported.
The primary focus of the projects will need to be around one of four challenges:
Technology challenge 1 - internal combustion engines.In this challenge area we are seeking proposals to address one or more of the following: Thermo-electric systems for heat energy recovery; Advanced regenerative cycles with heat recovery; Electrification/Integration of internal combustion engines and electric machines.
Technology challenge 2 - energy storage and energy management. The Technology Strategy Board is looking for proposals that will accelerate game-changing energy storage technology to market. These should be aimed at the development of advanced battery systems with energy densities in excess of 400Wh/kg.
Technology challenge 3 - electric machines and power electronics:development of innovative technologies with the capability to make a significant improvement in performance and the cost effectiveness of the electric propulsion system; integration of high voltage vehicle electronics; a highly integrated electric drive train solution.
Technology challenge 4 - lightweight vehicle and powertrain structures.
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.
Consortia building event on 27 November 2012 at the Motor Heritage Centre, Gaydon
Those interested in putting forward an application for funding should sign up for their networking event to facilitate consortia building on 27 November 2012 at the Motor Heritage Centre, Gaydon.
The key elements and opportunities of the IDP9 competition (as well as the also current IDP8 call) will be explained by members of the Technology Strategy Board Low Carbon Vehicle Innovation Platform team.
If you would like to be considered for a pitching slot or an exhibition space at the event, please note the deadline for registrationis Friday 16 November 2012.
For further information about the competition please see the TSB Press Release