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Carlisle City Council is providing local businesses with free access to its local business support and grant portal provided by Open4Business. This is tailored for the Carlisle area and includes local, regional and national schemes.

Business can also search for funding relevant to their size and sector. To use the portal, you will first need to register with Open4Business.




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IUK Announces Automotive Transformation Fund Scale up Readiness Validation (SuRV)

Energy, Environment & Climate

11 April 2022/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

UK businesses can apply for funding to validate readiness for scale up of net zero technologies and processes.

The Automotive Transformation Fund supports the industrialisation, at scale, of a high-value electrified automotive supply chain in the UK. Through this Innovate UK (IUK) programme, the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) is seeking proposals from single organisations or consortiums with R&D projects validating readiness for scale up through pilot production.

Projects must produce physical production samples, of a quantity and quality which supports the case for the commercial viability of scale up in the UK. They may include samples to validate technical qualification.

The APC has allocated up to £15 million to fund innovation projects in this competition, with a maximum intervention rate of 65%. Each project’s total eligible costs are uncapped, but the maximum grant requested must not exceed £2 million, or 65% of the project costs. Applicants must request the minimum amount of funding needed for their project.

This competition is open to single applicants and collaborations. To lead a project, an organisation must be a UK registered business of any size. Sectors in scope can include on and off road, agriculture, heavy duty, mining and military, at any point in the supply chain. Larger two-wheel applications will be considered, but micromobility applications will not.

To collaborate with the lead, an organisation must be a UK registered business of any size, academic institution, charity, not-for-profit, public sector organisation or research and technology organisation (RTO).

The competition opens on 20 April 2022 and closes on 25 May 2022 (11:00 BST).


How To Apply

Competition dates:

  • Open: 20 April 2022
  • Competition closing date: 25 May 2022 (11:00 BST)

Applicants are encouraged to read the general guidance for applicants to help their chances of submitting a quality application.

More details can be accessed at the Innovate UK website.


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