TSB launches new competition

25 June 2009 #SMMT News

The Technology Strategy Board has launched a new competition aiming to develop an industry-led consortia focused on low-carbon vehicle technology.


With initial funding from the Technology Strategy Board, the Department for Transport and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the Integrated Delivery Programme Competition is for projects that accelerate research and development, leading to the reduction of carbon emissions from mass market road vehicles.


The competition has been divided into two separate projects, each with distinct timescales and agenda purposes:


Area 1 – up to £5 million in funding

·  Support collaborative proof-of-concept studies that will help accelerate short-term research priorities

·  Projects should be a maximum of 1 year in duration and must be completed by the end of March 2011

·  Project will need to physically demonstrate proof-of-concept

·  Application deadline is 6 August


Area 2 – up to £10 million in funding

·  Support collaborative research and development projects that will help accelerate medium-term research priorities

·  Projects are likely to last 1-3 years

·  Project will need to demonstrate that it helps to advance
medium-term research priorities with a view to supporting mass market readiness by or before 2016

·  Expression of interest deadline is 6 August


The recommendations made in the NAIGT report, released in May, called for focusing the UK research and development agenda around a pan-industry technology roadmap. Supporting this key area of work are a series of proposals for a positive and supportive business environment and the development of low carbon technology. As opportunities emerge via competitions, government grants, and private investment, the UK automotive industry is encouraged to participate wherever possible.


For more information on the Integrated Delivery Programme Competition, download the report.



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