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    Funding News: Niche Vehicle Network announces new research and development funding competitions – deadline for application pack requests is midday Friday 29 July

    A total of £2,300,000 is to be made available for collaborative low carbon vehicle technology development and demonstration projects…

    The Niche Vehicle Network (NVN) is pleased to announce the opening of their latest funding competition for collaborative projects under its automotive research and development programme. The costs and risks associated with undertaking highly innovative R&D often inhibit smaller automotive manufacturers from developing new products and manufacturing processes.  The Niche Vehicle R&D Programme is designed to overcome these obstacles and help them to invest more intensively in emerging technologies and the development of new products, working in collaboration with other UK companies with the aim of ensuring their continuing their growth and success in an increasingly demanding market place.

    Sponsored by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV), Innovate UK and the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC), the competitions are focused on providing SMEs active in the low carbon vehicle technology sector with funding to undertake:

    • Early stage ‘proof of concept’ R&D, taking product ideas to the point where they are successfully demonstrated on a vehicle
    • Later stage R&D, moving forward from the demonstration stage to produce working prototypes and establish manufacturing routes which lead to production readiness

    The call for applications for grant funded collaborative projects opened on 1st July and closes 19th August 2016. Applications are invited from UK automotive SMEs, including vehicle manufacturers, technology companies and specialist suppliers who wish to collaborate to develop and productionise low carbon vehicle technologies. Projects to develop low-carbon technologies and lightweight structures for all types of powered on-road and off-highway vehicles are eligible.

    Further details of this event and how to apply for funding can be found on the Niche Vehicle website

    European Regional Development Fund Northern Powerhouse
    Partners Department for Business Innovation and Skills Finance Birmingham