Niche Vehicle Network 2020 Collaborative R&D competition now open

Posted on: 27/04/2020

A proof of concept and production readiness projects competition, focusing on low carbon vehicle technology. Apply by 8th June 2020.


Sponsored by Innovate UK, the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) and the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) the Niche Vehicle Network’s (NVN‘s) Collaborative R&D competition, covering proof of concept and production readiness projects is¬†now open¬†for applications.

The focus of this year’s competition is on low carbon vehicle technology, with emphasis on electrification, energy efficiency and lightweight vehicle structures.

Proof of concept projects can range from £200k-£300k; production readiness projects from £300k-£500k. Up to 50% of the project costs can be covered by NVN funding.

Applications can only be submitted on-line through the NVN Funding Gateway which contains full guidance on how to apply, with links to provide specific help if required.  To access the Gateway you will need to join the Niche Vehicle Network for free here.  You will then need to create an account to gain access to the NVN Funding Gateway here.

The competition briefing document including details on competition scope, timelines and deadlines, funding criteria, advice on how to prepare your bid, what makes a project fundable and application process is also available to view through the Funding Gateway and on the Niche Vehicle Network website.


R&D Competition Collaboration and Networking

In the absence this year of a formal competition launch and networking event due to current Covid-19 restrictions, NVM is recommending use of its Niche Vehicle LinkedIn Group page to enable discussion between companies looking to participate in the competition, helping support your bid and facilitate potential partnership and consortia formation.

You can post an ‘elevator pitch’ limited to a maximum of two slides to provide information about your company and what you are looking for and/or can offer to help form a bid consortium.


The deadline for bid submissions is Monday 8 June 2020. 

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