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Horizon 2020 Webinar - €340m of EU Funding for Road Automation and Green Vehicle Research, Development and Innovation in both 2016 and 2017

In Tuesday’s webinar presentation, UK’s national point for Transport Louise Mothersole, said she’ll be emphasising opportunities in the automotive sector for the forthcoming round of calls as the UK was under-represented in successful calls in this topic this year.

The UK received only 5.5% of overall funding in this area due to lower a participation rate than in other sectors.

But one standout UK company - that got involved early enough - was accepted for all five of its proposals, and by itself formed half of all the successful UK proposals.

In her presentation on EU Funding for Automation Research, Development and Innovation, Louise used that company - Ricardo - as an exemplar for the next round of calls, and featured two topics within the Horizon 2020 transport ’societal challenge’, namely 'Automated Road Transport' and the ‘Green Vehicle Initiative’. 

According to Louise, about half a billion Euros are allocated for both 2016 and 2017, with over €340m just for ART and GV calls.

The separate SME Instrument was also mentioned but has been covered in detail in a previous webinar.


Opportunities for the UK Automotive sector to maximise their chances in 2016/2017 calls

There were no Automated Road Transport calls last time but the UK received only 5.5 % of funds overall for the Green Vehicles Initiative last time, mainly due to a lower participation rate than the average for all transport calls.

In addition to these webinars, there will be promotional activities for the next round, including a session at LCV2015 on 10 September and at the KTN European Green Vehicle Initiative Brokerage event the day after, at Transport Systems Catapult offices in Milton Keynes.

The 10 September event will include presentations by Liam Breslin, Head of Surface Transport at the EU Commission, talking about his vision for what the commission wants out of the programme; Jean-Luc Di Paola-Galloni of (ERTRAC); and Neville Jackson of Ricardo on their success in the last round of Horizon 2020.

On the following day, the KTN brokerage event for the Green Vehicle Initiative “will provide opportunities to put in an elevator pitch in to start building teams”.

Preview of calls - vehicle automation

According to Louise, formal publication of the 2016 Horizon 2020 calls is due in early September. They’re still in draft, but information was provided early by the commission as it recognised fast planning and preparation is required, with some deadlines as early January 2016.

The expected vehicles automation calls are:

  • ART-02-2016 - Automation pilots for passenger cars. An innovation action (funded at 70% or 100% for non-profits) involving testing of automated cars in mixed traffic conditions, for proposals of €18 million and €36 million - stage 1 submission due on 20 January 2016; Stage 2 29/9/2016.
  • ART-04-2016 - Safety and end user acceptance of road automation in the transition period. A Research and Innovation Action (100% funded), offering €3 to €6 million per proposal.
  • ART-05-2016 - Road infrastructure to support the transition to automation and the coexistence of conventional and automated vehicles on the same network. Possibly three of more projects between €2 to € 3 million.
  • ART-06-2016 - Coordination of activities in support of road automation - proposals between €0.5 million and €3 million submission due by 26 January 2016.

There are expected to be further ART proposals in 2017.


Preview of calls - Green Vehicles

Expected Green Vehicles Initiative calls are:

  • GV-02-216 - Technologies for low emission light duty powertrains. Between €5 million and €10 million, by 26 January.
  • GV-03-2016 - System and cost optimised hybridisation of road vehicles. Innovation Action due 26 January for proposals between €7 million and €10 million.
  • GV-11-2016 - Stimulating European Research and Development for the implementation of future road transport technologies.
  • GV-12-2016 - ERA-NET Co-fund on electro-mobility (although it is unlikely UK bidders will be able to bid for that).


Heads up for 2017 Horizon 2020

Louise suggested that prospective bidders may wish to start planning proposals for 2017 calls.

Calls for Automatous vehicles are expected to offer €50 million in the two stage calls, specifically: ART-01-17 - ICT Infrastructure to enable the transition towards road transport automation; ART-03-17 - Multi-Brand platooning in real traffic conditions; and ART-07-17 - Full-scale demonstration of urban road transport automation.

“There will be a lot more calls on green vehicles in 2017. A great deal of projects and €128 million available”, with proposals due by 2 February 2017.

For which, Lousie added,“The time to start building a winning team is now”.

A list is in the webinar slides; “an interesting one that's different is GV-09-17 aerodynamics and flexible trucks”.


Accessible to UK companies

Louise summed up the Horizon 2020 process as, “a closed-shop but one that can be accessed by UK companies.”

“My advice is to get involved through membership and academic organisations. I cannot overstate it enough - the more you are involved, the more likely you are to be part of a winning team.”


View the presentation webinar at: ‘EU Funding for Automation Research, Development and Innovation’.

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