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    Niche Vehicle Competition Opens

    The Niche Vehicle Network is continuing to invest in R&D projects focussed on the niche and specialist vehicle manufacturing sector.

    Our 2015-16 competition, supported by Innovate UK and OLEV, is providing up to £1,000,000 of grant funding to support the development and demonstration of innovative niche vehicle technologies, primarily applicable to non-human powered, road-going niche vehicles, within the following categories:

    • Improved Fuel Efficiency & Carbon Reduction
    • Weight Reduction & Recyclability

    All projects should aim to support the growth and competitiveness of the independent niche vehicle manufacturing sector and will demonstrate the developed technology on a UK niche vehicle.

    An overview of the 2015-16 Niche Vehicle Competition can be found by downloading the competition briefing presentation by clicking here:

    Please read and review this prior to requesting an application pack.

    To receive a competition application pack, please email your request to: by the Noon on the 1st of June 2015.

    Please remember that only the project lead can request an application pack.

    The application pack contains the following information:

    • Competition guidance notes in PDF
    • Application Form in MS Word
    • Annex A – Project Costs in MS Excel
    • Collaboration Agreement

    On receipt of your application pack you will receive a Unique Identification Number, which must be quoted in all communications.

    Please be aware of the following deadlines, which you will need to adhere to during the application process:

    Notification Deadline: Noon, 1st June 2015

    Proposal Deadline: Noon, 30th June 2015

    For any queries on the competition and to discuss your project ideas, please email

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