SME Opportunities

Niche Vehicle Feasibility Competition

Sponsored by Innovate UK and the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) the annual Niche Vehicle Feasibility Competition is providing SMEs and micro companies active in the low carbon vehicle technology sector with grant funding of up £25,000 to undertake desk-top research activities aimed at catalysing innovative vehicle technologies applicable to non-human powered road-going and off-highway vehicles within the following categories:

  • Lightweight vehicle and powertrain structures
  • Electric machines and power electronics
  • Energy storage and energy management
  • Disruptive low emission vehicle technologies
  • Reduced emissions from internal combustion engines
  • Aerodynamics development
  • Digital innovation in low volume manufacturing

Eligible projects under this competition are not required to be collaborative.

Application Process
The call for bids opened on the 1st September 2017 and closes at noon on the 30th September 2017.

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SME Programme 

The High Value Manufacturing Catapult (HVM Catapult) is providing additional funding to their seven centres, including the National Composites Centre (NCC), for reaching out to SMEs. The SME community is the engine for growth of the UK economy, so encouraging them to access the considerable capabilities and expertise of the HVM Catapult centres is particularly important.

The SME programme offers:

  • Access to initial complimentary assessment of processes and materials options
  • Up to five days funded support for SMEs to address opportunities for improvement/capability enhancement, cost savings or new product de-risking 
  • Potential additional funded days of support
  • Introductions to other companies and involvement on collaborative funding programme

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Innovate UK

Innovate UK runs regular competitions in a wide range of technology areas which can attract up to 70% funding providing there at least two companies involved.

Membership or engagement with the NCC can help companies identify suitable partners for Innovate UK calls.

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