Government funding available to develop autonomous vehicle cyber security testing

12 August 2019

Feasibility funding for autonomous vehicle cyber security

Up to £2 million of feasibility funding is available from the government for UK businesses to define a cyber-physical connected & autonomous vehicle test facility.

The Centre for Connected & Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) is partnering with Zenzic (formally Meridian Mobility) and Innovate UK, part of UK Research & Innovation (UKRI).

Together, they plan to invest up to £2 million in a maximum of 5 projects to support the development of a connected & autonomous vehicle cyber-security testing facility.

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Your feasibility proposal must fulfil three requirements – it must:
•    find ways to measure cyber-physical resilience and maintain cyber security for vehicles, roadside infrastructure, supporting services and so on
•    provide input specifications for one or more new cyber test facilities
•    explore opportunities to develop new cyber related services

To lead a project or work alone, your organisation must:
•    be a UK registered business, of any size
•    carry out its project work in the UK
•    claim grant funding
•    intend to exploit the results from or in the UK

Key information:
•    you can receive grant funding of up to £400,000 for your total eligible project costs
•    any academic institutions or public sector organisations in your consortium can share up to 50% of the total eligible project costs
•    the competition opens for applications on 12 August 2019
•    the closing date is midday on 25 September 2019

Find out more about this competition and apply at:

Funding competition
Connected & autonomous vehicle cyber-security feasibility studies

UK businesses and RTOs can apply for a share of up to £2 million to define a cyber-physical connected & autonomous vehicle (CAV) test facility.

Your proposal must fulfil all 3 of the following general requirements.

1. Find ways to measure and maintain cyber-physical resilience and identify vulnerabilities
Your project must identify methods to create and test cyber-physical and software architectures. This can include designs for vehicles, roadside infrastructure, supporting services and so on.

You should provide industry guidance for best practice in design and lifetime management and advice to government for future certification processes.

At the end of your project you must provide a report to answer this requirement. This will be shared with appropriate government agencies and may become public.

2. Provide test facility input specifications
Support the creation of specifications for one, or a selection of, new cyber test facilities as appropriate. These may be physical or virtual facilities or a combination.

At the end of your project you must provide a short report to answer this requirement. This will become a public document and will be available to any organisation considering building a cyber test facility.

3. Explore commercial opportunities
Explore opportunities to develop new cyber related services in the UK and global CAV marketplace.

At the end of your project you must provide a summary report to answer this requirement. This will be kept confidential between Innovate UK, CCAV and Zenzic.

Specific themes:
This competition is split into 5 themes. Your proposal must answer one of these. We are looking to fund a portfolio of projects across the themes.

1. Monitoring
Determine and develop techniques to monitor the cyber health of CAVs and supporting infrastructure.

Your techniques should determine when the vehicle (or infrastructure) is operating outside of normal parameters and recommend suitable responses. You should also consider how monitoring may fit into cyber security management systems (CSMSs).

2. Threats to connected vehicle networks
Determine how to use physical and virtual testing to identify and mitigate against complex threats.

Consider all interactions of vehicles, road-side communications equipment, smart infrastructure, mobile communications equipment and other possible factors which may present vulnerabilities or allow the growth of cyber threats.

3. Threats to automated vehicles
Investigate how individual automated vehicles (AVs) may be able to develop resilience and respond to cyber-attacks. The AV should be considered as a stand-alone system and as part of the wider connected vehicle network.

Research should include directed attacks against vehicle systems, including perception sensors and manipulation through data connections and shared information protocols, such as vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-everything (V2X).

4. Countermeasure and risk mitigation
Determine suitable scalable techniques that could be deployed as cyber threat countermeasures and what processes could be undertaken as risk mitigation.

Your solution should consider the connected vehicle and its supporting infrastructure.

5. Other
Other areas of cyber security which may improve the safety and security of vehicle occupants, service users, other road users (including vulnerable road users) and road safety at any scale.

Research categories
We will fund feasibility projects as defined in the general guidance.

Projects we will not fund
We are not funding:

•    capital or infrastructure projects
•    collaborative R&D resulting in a product
•    cyber security testing, except as demonstrations of new techniques, procedures and so on

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