Canada-UK Net Zero Value Chains – Transportation

UK registered businesses and Canadian SMEs can apply to collaborate on joint R&D projects that enable the transition to net zero for the automotive, rail, or maritime sectors. Up to £4million will be invested into projects that demonstrate high potential for commercialisation and target large global markets. Interested? Then feel free to get in touch!


  • Canadian EOI Deadline:  Registration: 9th May 2022; Submission 13th May 2022
  • Competition closes: 29th June 2022
  • Applicants notified: 16th September 2022
  • Project start date & duration: Start by Jan 2023 for 12-24 months


Your project must:

  • Develop on-vehicle or on-vessel technologies that deliver net zero solutions, speeding up their introduction to the market
  • Justify how the technology improves overall vehicle or vessel efficiency and lifecycle CO2 emissions
  • Validate the technology in a relevant environment, for example in a testbed or through a development mule or adapted current production vehicle or vessel for higher maturity technologies
  • Deliver the technology at a lower cost than today without compromising safety or capability
  • Consider approach to manufacturing including at the target scale and using advanced processes
  • Show a clear route to market including appropriate business models to exploit the technology commercially and identify an appropriate end customer(s)
  • Show a reduction of the environmental impact of the technology including resource efficiency and end of life options such as recycling, remanufacturing or reuse

Specific schemes

  1. Low and zero emission propulsion.
  2. Advanced sustainable materials and manufacturing.
  3. Highly disruptive technologies.
  4. Assistive technologies and control systems.

Projects that will not be funded

Projects that focus on: the aviation sector; micro-mobility; development of fossil fuels or zero carbon fuels and their combustion; production scale up activities and supply chain development; factory-based vehicles, including forklift trucks; physical infrastructure including those which support low and zero emission vehicles and vessels, for example vehicle charging


  • State aid funding rules apply.
  • Projects must have a grant funding request of no more than £300,000 allocated to UK organisations and a funding request of no more than CA$500,000 allocated to each eligible Canadian SME
  • No one country or project partner can represent more than 70% of the total project cost

Funding rates

For Industrial Research you could get funding for your eligible project costs of:

  • up to 70% if you are a micro or small organisation
  • up to 60% if you are a medium-sized organisation
  • up to 50% if you are a large organisation

For Experimental Development you could get funding for your eligible project costs of:

  • up to 45% if you are a micro or small organisation
  • up to 35% if you are a medium-sized organisation
  • up to 25% if you are a large organisation

Research organisations in your consortium can share up to 30% of the UK total eligible project costs.

How PNO can support you

The UK team has a strong track record in securing some of the most competitive national and European grants on behalf of its clients, with a full understanding of how a project should be presented to stand the highest chance of success. Each year in the UK alone, we are responsible for the submission of more than 100 funding applications across all sectors and priority areas. Based on this extensive experience, through careful project selection and using key insight into how a project should be best positioned, we consistently achieve success rates that are more than 5 times the typical success rates for UK national schemes and EU programmes.

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