The UK Government is offering a share of £15 million for research into technologies that can help cut emissions from lorries as well as cars and vans.
That could include materials which make vehicles lighter or improve the efficiency of engines and batteries.
The competition has been developed with Innovate UK and supports the government’s aim to ensure all new vehicles are emissions free by 2040.
Roads Minister Jesse Norman said: “Lorries cause a third of the UK’s transport CO2 emissions and simple new technologies can have the greatest impact in reducing the harmful pollutants of freight.
“This funding will give UK companies the chance to lead the world in developing important innovations to improve air quality across the country.”