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£25million for collaborative R&D into low carbon vehicles

The Technology Strategy Board announces new TSB/OLEV £25million funding competition following on from Vince Cable’s pledge of £15million at innovate 11. This will bring a total of £65 million of R&D grant funding from OLEV delivered to UK industry by the Technology Strategy Board in the four years to March 2015.

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This is a fantastic opportunity for truly interdisciplinary teams to work together to come up with some genuinely innovative solutions to the challenges of

  • servicing the growing demand for lower carbon vehicles – in domestic and international markets, at all stages of the supply chain
  • faster introduction of low carbon vehicle technology and vehicles
  • EU and UK climate change targets that require significant reduction in carbon emissions in domestic and international vehicle markets

This has direct interest in the fields of composite materials, sensors, powertrain, battery technologies, chemistry, nanotechnology, engineering, design, and many others, and is a perfect opportunity to see technologies new to this market applied to the low carbon auto industry. 

Get involved

The scope for this competition can be downloaded from the TSB website, and there will be an information and collaboration building day (venue tbc, probably in the Midlands) on 10th Jan 2012.

Join the IDP7 group to show your interest in this competition and to be kept up to date with further developments, including notification of the opening of registration for the event on the 10th Jan.

It is expected that this will be a very popular event, so you are advised to join the group as soon as possible, and update your personal profile with your capabilities and interests, to help potential partners get in touch.



3 people have had something to say so far

I would be interested in talking to potential collaborators ahead of this competition round.

I am working with a client that has a history of working both with, and wider than, the automotive sector, who have the potential to bring their technical knowledge and expertise to consortia. This fits with one of the criteria of the competition.

John Fletcher
Posted on 16/11/11 16:32.
I have/had a patent for an energy saving contribution in the transport technology field. I'm a retired electrical engineer living up in the highlands so not to interested in all the BS that surrounds these funding competitions, but as a collaborator I think I could make a significant contribution. I can only offer lots of practical experience, skill, knowledge over 50 years in all kind of industrial plant, with 25 years in oil & gas. Over 20 patent applications during that time.
I have a large mechanical workshop where I make my prototypes, so I could help with a demonstration.
Even if this idea is not accepted by TSB, you will see that it has enormous potential worldwide, it's outside normal thinking, which is an advantage because the big car firms have done advanced fuel management, timing, computer control, variable compression, etc so it's hard to see how much impact this £25 million could have. My idea needs just a couple of thousand for a demo strand 1 stage, and is unknown at strand 2, this needs more collaborators.

I'm struggling with the Carbon Abatement Technology application form at the moment, they should get an award for stretching it to 9 pages. Then 67 pages of guidance notes, and another 7 documents to get through. I've been to an IET meeting tonight to get local SME support if only as a front.
Posted on 16/11/11 23:18.
A couple of articles which have been posted on the NanoKTN, which could be relevant to this competition.
Car manufacturers and scientists see tiny particles as key to strong, lightweight steel - https://connect.innovateuk.org/web/nanoktn/articles/-/blogs/car-manufacturers-an­d-scientists-see-tiny-particles-as-key-to-strong-lightweight-steel
A new discovery paves the way for using super strong nanostructured metals in cars - https://connect.innovateuk.org/web/nanoktn/articles/-/blogs/a-new-discovery-pave­s-the-way-for-using-super-strong-nanostructured-metals-in-cars
Posted on 17/11/11 09:37.

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