Funding competition: connected and autonomous vehicles test bed

Businesses and research organisations can apply for a share of up to £55 million to create the world's most effective CAV testing ecosystem.

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Test facility location map: connected and autonomous vehicles test bed

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This competition opened on 3 April 2017 and is now closed for applications.

The Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) has a £100 million fund to invest in CAV test bed infrastructure. This competition is for up to £55 million in projects to develop connected and autonomous vehicle (CAV) testing infrastructure.

The aim is to create the world’s most effective CAV testing ecosystem. Proposals should integrate existing proving grounds and public road test sites across the UK’s existing automotive and technology heartlands. They should improve current capabilities and create new ones.

CCAV is expecting to invest up to £7 million to £18 million per project, depending on the competition stream. It expects to support up to 4 projects. Preference will be given to projects that can deliver operational facilities and be open for business within 12 to 18 months.

Projects will be supported through investment aid for research infrastructures. This is a form of state aid and is limited to 50% of the investment costs.

Organisations must work with others, but consortia should contain no more than 5 partners. A business or research organisation may lead the project.

Projects that vary from these expectations may be considered. You should consult with Innovate UK via customer support service before the registration close date.

You must register before midday on 12 July 2017.

You must apply before midday on 19 July 2017.

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Published 3 April 2017
Last updated 12 July 2017 + show all updates
  1. Removed application link as deadline has now passed.

  2. Defined the funding model to state CAV hub UK will invoice all project partners for 5% of their grant fund. Also added note that we expect BEIS to provide funding, confirmation of which will follow at a later date.

  3. Added note in guidance to clarify that all projects must submit a collaboration agreement.

  4. Added briefing webinar link and presentation materials.

  5. Added test facility location map.

  6. First published.