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    The Niche Vehicle Network, Technology Strategy Board, BIS and OLEV jointly announce a further call for collaborative R&D projects – 21 November deadline

    A Systems R&D Competition will provide a total fund of £350,000 for niche vehicle manufacturers, suppliers and technology organisations who wish to collaborate on innovative, industry-led projects focussing on developing and demonstrating system-level road-vehicle technology.

    The categories are:

    • Carbon Reduction & Improved Fuel Efficiency – electric & hybrid road-vehicle development, use of alternative fuels, reduced emissions from internal combustion engines, aerodynamics development
    • Weight Reduction & Recyclability – innovative use of aluminium, plastic and composite materials in chassis, body and interior systems for road-vehicles

    The following funding metrics apply:

    • Each project should be no larger than £100k in total
    • Maximum grant per project: £50k/up to 50% of eligible project costs
    • Minimum grant per project: £30k/up to 50% of eligible project costs
    • Maximum grant per participant: 70% as a proportion of the overall project grant
    • Minimum grant per participant: 20% as a proportion of the overall project grant
    • Total number of partners per project (including lead partner): 2 to 3
    • Project duration: 3 months, starting on 1st January 2013

    Other eligibility criteria:

    • All R&D must be undertaken in the UK
    • Lead partner must be a UK company, and can be a micro business or SME
    • All grant claims must be submitted within FY 2012-13

    The call for bids for grant funded collaborative R&D opens on 15th October and closes 21st November 2012.

    To receive an application pack, please email

    Further details of the Systems Competition can be found on the Niche Vehicle website

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