Funding Route to Market Demonstrator Advanced Propulsion Technologies

The ARMD competition is fast start competition designed to encourage UK industry to resume R&D after the Covid-19 pandemic, further accelerating the transition to zero emission vehicles.

We are looking for collaborative, business led late stage R&D projects that will demonstrate advanced propulsion technologies. The output of these projects must be in the form of a physical demonstrator. Applications must explain how technologies developed will be significantly accelerated through their project, and must have clarity regarding how these products or processes could be brought to market.

The development, deployment and demonstration of digitalisation and an understanding of how digital twins could be used in supporting the accelerated development cycle, are strongly encouraged, and projects that demonstrate correlation of digital models with actual physical demonstrator performance may be given priority.

The focus of this competition is to develop and realise the demonstration of capability that could lead to further business exploitation, utilising future low carbon powertrain technology as a key element in the UKs Transition to Zero activities.

Capability demonstration can be through a physical vehicle, or physical sub-systems that can be operated or displayed at the Cenex Low Carbon Vehicle event in 2021, as a key element of the dissemination requirements.

Project applications need to demonstrate how grant for their project will result in accelerated development of their product and a potential route to market. The development and realisation of the demonstrator needs to focus on future vehicle powertrain technology themes.

These include:

  • Lightweight vehicle body, chassis and powertrain structures
  • Electric machines and power electronics
  • Energy storage and energy management systems
  • Alternative propulsion systems
  • Other disruptive low carbon vehicle technology

This competition and its format will not set a precedent for future competitions, and has been designed solely as a green initiative following Covid-19 recovery.

To help you apply for funding through this competition, please see Frequently Asked Questions document and APC Portal – How To Use Guide.

Competition Key Dates:

  • Applications open – 6th July 2020
  • Applications closed – noon 7th August 2020
  • Applicants informed – 21st August 2020
  • Project must start no later than – 1st October 2020




  • Teodora Kaneva

    Teodora Kaneva

    Programme Manager | SmarterUK
    T 020 7331 2016

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