£120m Funding for Future Connected Transport

The Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund was created to provide funding and support to UK businesses and researchers, part of the government’s £4.7 billion increase in research and development over the next 4 years. It was designed to ensure that research and innovation takes centre stage in the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy.

The UK Government has worked with businesses and academics to identify the biggest core industrial challenges where:

  • the UK has a world-leading research base and businesses ready to innovate
  • there is a large or fast-growing and sustainable global market

A need to upgrade infrastructure and deliver affordable energy and clean growth have been identified as two pillars within the Industrial Strategy:

Upgrading infrastructure – we must upgrade our standards of performance on digital, energy, transport, water and flood defence infrastructure, and better align central government infrastructure investment with local growth priorities.

Delivering affordable energy and clean growth – we need to keep costs down for businesses, and secure the economic benefits of the transition to a low-carbon economy.

The government is currently supporting 4 broad competitions with up to £120m support available in the areas of: battery manufacturing capability, low carbon drive systems, autonomous vehicle solutions and Vehicle to Grid charging/capacity systems.

We would like to invite you to a seminar we are co-hosting with Innovate UK and the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) to hear how you might be able to access some of this funding. These competitions are collaborative and are open to UK based business of any size or research and technology organisations who are collaborating with UK businesses.

Faraday Challenge: Innovation - research and development

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £30 million to work on innovation projects to design, develop and manufacture batteries for the electrification of vehicles.

Closes: 14 September 2017

Innovation in vehicle-to-grid (V2G) systems: collaborative research and development

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £20 million across 3 competitions to research technologies and business models that develop future vehicle-to-grid (V2G) products and services.

Closes: Wednesday 18 October 2017 12:00pm

Connected and autonomous vehicles 3: research and development

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £25 million to research and develop new connected and autonomous vehicle technologies.

Closes: 25 October 2017

APC8: Anchoring low carbon technology in the UK

You can apply as part of a consortia for a share of £35 million to develop low carbon technologies. This is to match fund collaborative research and development (R&D), pre-production projects.

Closes: 27 September 2017

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09:30 Registration, tea & coffee
10:00 Welcome, Richard Pelan Invest NI
10:15 Innovate UK and Connected and Autonomous Vehicles –- Competition Scope – Innovate UK.
10:50 CAV Application Process, Eligibility and Application TBD - Innovate UK
11:15 Q&A on Scope and Eligibility
11:30 Break and Networking
11:45 Knowledge Transfer Partnership
12:00 Introduction to the KTN - Rob Furlong - KTN
12:15 2 Minute Pitches from organisations
12:45 Lunch & Networking
13:45 1-2-1s with Innovate UK, KTN and Business Support Community
15:00 Close


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Crumlin Road Gaol

53-55 Crumlin Road,


United Kingdom

BT14 6ST