Automotive Sector – Call for Proposals

This Automotive Sector Call Programme seeks in collaboration with automotive and related automotive suppliers to create HNCDI projects that apply these emerging digital technologies of artificial intelligence (AI), hybrid and multi-cloud, high performance computing (HPC), and quantum computing to advance the automotive sector’s digital capabilities, accelerate scientific and engineering discovery, and enable productivity growth and global competitiveness of the UK automotive sector.

We are seeking project proposals that will combine newly researched and developed digital technologies and existing digital technologies, improving speed, accuracy, and efficiency of solutions within logistics, engineering, manufacturing, and end-of-life.  

The Automotive Sector Call Round 3 will focus on the following themes of: 

  • Design & Development
  • Sustainable Supply Chain & Production

After choosing one of the above themes, the applicable technology areas for consideration are but limited to: 

  • AI enhanced modelling and simulation
  • AI enhance data analytics
  • Scalable artificial intelligence
  • Exascale computing
  • Quantum Computing

Most projects are anticipated to fall in the 3 – 12 month timeframe, with maximum project duration being fixed at 12 months.

Expressions of Interest are now open

Key Dates 

4 June 2024 | Expressions of Interest deadline

1 November 2024 | Full project proposal submission deadline 

Funding Type

This call is funded by the Hartree National Centre for Digital Innovation and supported by Advanced Propulsion Centre UK. The programme will fund all STFC and IBM staff, and compute resources. No direct funding is available to organisations outside of the HNCDI partners.


To be eligible for participation to the submission and project delivery phases, your organisation must:

  • Be a UK based business of any size registered at Companies House;
  • Have an engineering or manufacturing base for the relevant product in the UK, or provide the relevant product or service from or in the UK;
  • If “in kind contribution” is provided, carry out its project work in the UK;
  • Intend to exploit the results from or in the UK;
  • Start the project in the window between 1 November 2024 to 31 January 2025.
  • End the project by 31 January 2026. 

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