UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £10 million for net zero propulsion innovative projects. This funding is from Innovate UK.
As part of the Future Economy Net Zero programme, this competition will focus on net zero propulsion, supporting the government’s drive for zero emission transport and systems as part of the net zero commitment for 2050.
Innovate UK will fund collaborative research projects covering propulsion technologies and projects must demonstrate significant improvements in net zero propulsion, which may apply across multiple transport modes.
The programme aims to build on previous sector specific mobility programmes by creating a cross-sector platform. Businesses are encouraged to apply their knowledge and capability to adjacent transport sectors including automotive, aerospace, maritime and rail.
Any project must focus on one or more of the following transport sectors:
- Maritime: Clean maritime technologies for all sizes and categories of maritime vessel are in scope. Solutions can be suitable for one target size of vessel or multiple. Leisure and commercial vessels are in scope.
- Rail: Technologies can target all locomotive classes including those for freight and passenger carrying services and carriages.
- Automotive: Technologies can cover both niche and mainstream on and off-road vehicles. This includes categories L (mopeds and motorcycles only), M (car and passenger carrying) and N (goods vehicles). Construction vehicles and special use vehicles such as emergency vehicles (for example, ambulances and fire engines), refuse collection vehicles, and recreational vehicles (for example, motorhomes) are also eligible. There are restrictions on the use of hydrogen combustion.
- Aerospace: Technologies for drones or unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), advanced air mobility (AAM), electric or hybrid passenger aircraft.