Future Fuels for Flight and Freight Competition (F4C)


The F4C was launched on the 27 April 2017 by the Department for Transport (DfT) to promote the development of an advanced low carbon fuels industry within the UK, including supplier capabilities and skills in relevant technologies, while maximising value for money for the taxpayer.

The F4C will provide up to £20 million in capital grant funding over 3 years (2018-21) for major demonstration projects providing transformative and innovative solutions. The F4C will also provide up to £2 million of Project Development Funding in 2017-18 to support the development of proposals.

The F4C will therefore operate in two stages; Stage One (Project Development) and Stage Two (Capital Funding).

The deadline for Stage One applications has been postponed until after 30 June 2017. We hope to confirm the new application deadline in the next few days.

To ensure you are kept up to date as the scheme progress, please register your interest by emailing F4C@ricardo.com.

The following diagram outlines the steps within the F4C, from initial interest to final projects.

Stages of the F4C


You must pass Stage One to be eligible for Stage Two. Stage One is a detailed application stage where your project will be reviewed by the Expert Selection Panel. This is an essential step of the competition process.


The key objectives of the competition are:

  • To increase domestic production of advanced low carbon fuels capable of tackling emissions from the hard-to-decarbonise aviation and HGV sectors in pursuit of long-term UK decarbonisation targets.
  • To stimulate investment and create jobs through the development of a prosperous domestic industry.

Our objectives for projects within the competition are:

  • Technology demonstration: deliver meaningful technical, route to market, and/or supply chain innovation.
  • Fuel production: produce a sufficient quantity of fuel for testing or sale at a scale appropriate for the fuel type.
  • Commercial potential: have a clear strategy for commercialising the technology and the products, demonstrating the potential for significant value to the UK.
  • Emissions reduction: demonstration of significant greenhouse gas reduction vs fossil fuel, and the highest standards of sustainability.
  • Project execution: bring together a team with the necessary expertise and experience to deliver the project according to its objectives.

How to apply

To access the application form and guidance document please download the files from the links below:

Alternatively, you can email F4C@ricardo.com to register your interest and request the forms.

Any questions?

Please email F4C@ricardo.com if you have any questions when filling in your application to the F4C. Responses relevant to other potential applicants will be posted on this website within 3 working days.

Prospective bidders’ event – Wednesday 24 May

Due to unforeseen circumstances the May 24 information workshop for prospective applicants has been postponed. We will provide further information in due course.

If you would like to attend or be kept informed of developments please complete the form.