A new £5 million competition from Innovate UK invites ideas for projects that will reduce the cause of vehicle emissions, minimise the amount of particulates produced and improve air quality.
Projects funded will go beyond exhaust and road vehicle fumes by developing and demonstrating products or services in the following 3 areas:
- Emissions, either from road vehicle brake and tyre wear or road surface abrasion
- Industrial equipment and non-road vehicles used on construction sites, such as excavators, bulldozers, front loaders, cranes and compressors with combustion engines
- Refrigeration units in vehicles including vans or heavy goods vehicles
This Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition is being run in 2 phases:
- Up to £300,000 is available for up to 6 feasibility study projects in the first phase. Projects can have costs of up to £50,000 including VAT and last up to 3 months.
- The best projects will be invited to apply to a second phase, worth £4.5 million, to take their ideas further, develop a prototype and test its effectiveness. Phase 2 projects can have costs up to £1.5 million including VAT.
The competition is part of the Strategic Priorities Fund being delivered by UK Research and Innovation for clean air. The Fund brings together leading researchers, businesses and government departments to minimise the effects of climate change on the environment and protect communities. All projects should complement the work already being done in this area to increase the number of low or zero-emission vehicles on the roads.
Organisations of any size can lead a project, working alone or with others.
The competition opens on 12th November 2018, and the deadline to register is at midday on 9th January 2019.