Connected and autonomous vehicles test bed funding competition


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. The proposals 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.

The competition aims to encourage and support a cluster of test facilities within the defined area. This is to improve the productivity and efficiency of businesses and research organisations involved, for the benefit the UK.

This defined area is a rectangle that covers part of the West Midlands through to the south-east. It starts from the north-west of Leicester down to Basildon, across to the south of Guildford, then up to the north-west of Worcester and back to the north-west of Leicester.

All locations that fall within this area are eligible for the test facility site. Facilities may be located anywhere within this area, including:

  • Coventry
  • Royal Leamington Spa
  • Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Northampton
  • Milton Keynes
  • Oxford
  • Luton
  • London
  • Reading
  • Croydon
  • Guildford

Key dates:

Competition opens Monday 3 April 2017
Briefing event for applicants Tuesday 4 April 2017
Registration deadline Midday on Wednesday 12 July 2017
Application deadline Midday on Wednesday 19 July 2017

How to apply:

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