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). Through the scheme, DfT aim 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. 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). Stage One is open to applications between 27th April and 08 December 2017.

Prospective bidders’ event – Thursday 21st September

The prospective bidders’ event was held on 21st September 2017. Materials presented and a summary of the question and answer session are now available to download from the links below.

For further updates, please either complete the form at the top right of this web page or 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

The Stage One application deadline is Friday 08 December 2017, 1200 hours. One electronic copy must be sent to F4C@ricardo.com prior to deadline. An identical hard copy must be submitted within five working days of the deadline to
F4C Stage One
Ricardo Energy & Environment
Gemini Building,
Fermi Avenue,
Harwell, Didcot, OX11 0QR

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.

If you are concerned that your project may not fit the F4C application eligibility criteria, please send us a short description of the proposed project, specifying the feedstocks, conversion technology steps and final fuel that make up your proposed route. Please also state the TRL of your proposed project, and give the TRL of other (global) providers of the same route. 

We will then be able to advise if you are likely to be eligible to apply for F4C, or if not, we will pass on your project details to DfT, who can advise whether the project may be eligible for other DfT support.