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    Funding News: The Niche Vehicle Network, Technology Strategy Board, and OLEV jointly announce the 2013-14 call for collaborative R&D projects

    The Niche Vehicle Network is pleased to announce a new CR&D Competition, which will provide a total fund of £1,350,000 for niche vehicle manufacturers, suppliers and technology organisations who wish to collaborate on innovative, industry-led projects focussing on developing and demonstrating vehicle or system level road-vehicle technology in the following categories

    Improved Fuel Efficiency & Carbon Reduction

    • Electric vehicle/system development
    • Hybrid vehicle/system development
    • Use of alternative fuels
    • Reduced emissions from internal combustion engines
    • Aerodynamic development

    Weight Reduction & Recyclability

    • Lightweight vehicle/chassis/BIW structures
    • Lightweight body panels, closures and interiors
    • Lightweight/downsized powertrain systems
    • Lightweight ancillary systems

    All projects will aim to support the growth and competitiveness of the independent niche vehicle sector and will demonstrate the developed technology at either vehicle or system level.

    The call for bids for grant funded collaborative R&D projects will open on 1st May 2013 and closes on the 7th July 2013, with application packs available from the 1st May 2013.

    An information day to discuss the programme and how to apply for grant funding will be held on the 7 May at Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon.

    To secure your place at this event email

    For more information contact:
    Robert Anderson
    Programme Manager
    Niche Vehicle R&D Programme
    T: 01509 635 754
    M: 07833 447 352

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