Connected and Autonomous Vehicles Grant Funding

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Connected and Autonomous Vehicles Simulation: Collaborative R&D

Competition opened: Monday 15th January 2018
Competition closes: 12 noon on Wednesday 2nd May 2018


Connected and Autonomous Vehicles Grant Funding

In its industrial strategy, the government outlined its ambition to have self-driving vehicles on UK roads by 2021. To help meet this ambition the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV), in partnership with Innovate UK, is to invest up to £15 million in industry-led projects.
This competition is for collaborative research and development (R&D) projects. It is the first stage of CCAV’s approach to enhancing the UK’s testing ecosystem through simulation and modelling.


Project Requirements

Projects will use holistic simulation and modelling systems to develop approval mechanisms and standards. This work will support the development and deployment of connected and autonomous vehicles, and help make sure they will receive approval in the future. Project teams should consider how their proposal will enhance the UK’s testing ecosystem. All projects must be collaborative and business led, and the R&D must be conducted in the UK.


To lead a project, you must:

– be a UK based business, of any size
– carry out your project in the UK
– work in collaboration with others (businesses, research base and third sector)

For all research organisations the total level of project participation is set at 30% of the total eligible project costs. If your consortium contains more than one research organisation, this maximum will be shared between them.

CCAV are looking to fund industry-led projects and encourage applications that involve a range of companies in the CAV sector, from simulation and modelling experts to vehicle original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).


Project size

Projects should have total costs from £500,000 to £5 million and last up to 2 years.


R&D Funding Group can advise if your business is eligible to apply for this Connected and Autonomous Vehicles grant, and help you win funding. To find out more, please contact Stephen Dyson on 0161 464 6351 or email