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Grant Funding Opportunities

Carbon Capture, Usage and Storage (CCUS) Innovation 2.0 competition Lot 1

Description

Up to £19.5 million grant funding will be available over 2 calls to:

Support innovation in novel CCUS technology increasing its technology and commercial readiness level (TRL & CRL) demonstrate and de-risk next generation CCUS technologies to allow it to deploy commercially from 2025 reduce the cost of deploying CCUS and create competitive pressure on current available technology.

Lot 1 Mid Stage CCUS innovation for projects developing and piloting mid-stage (TRL 3-5) CCUS innovation. For Lot 1 BEIS will consider grant applications of up to £1 million.

If you intend to apply, you must confirm via email industry.innovation@beis.gov.uk by 5pm on 31 July 2021, find out more by clicking ‘full information’ below.

SOURCE BEIS SECTOR CCUS
VALUE Up to £1,000,000 FUNDING TYPE Grant
OPEN DATE 12/07/2021
CLOSE DATE 21/08/2021
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Carbon Capture, Usage and Storage (CCUS) Innovation 2.0 competition Lot 2

Description

Up to £19.5 million grant funding will be available over 2 calls to:

Support innovation in novel CCUS technology increasing its technology and commercial readiness level (TRL & CRL) demonstrate and de-risk next generation CCUS technologies to allow it to deploy commercially from 2025 reduce the cost of deploying CCUS and create competitive pressure on current available technology.

Lot 2 Late Stage CCUS innovation for projects developing late-stage (TRL 6-8) CCUS technology, particularly demonstrating at intermediate (~100 tonnes CO2 per day) scale or greater at site. For Lot 2 BEIS will consider grant applications of up to £5 million.

If you intend to apply, you must confirm via email industry.innovation@beis.gov.uk by 5pm on 31 July 2021, find out more by clicking ‘full information’ below.

SOURCE BEIS SECTOR CCUS
VALUE Up to £5,000,000 FUNDING TYPE Grant
OPEN DATE 12/07/2021
CLOSE DATE 21/08/2021
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Innovate UK Smart Grants: May 2021

Description

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, is investing up to £25 million in the best game-changing and commercially viable innovative or disruptive ideas. All proposals must be business focused.

Applications can come from any area of technology and be applied to any part of the economy, such as, but not exclusively:

  • the arts, design and media
  • creative industries
  • science or engineering

Whilst we welcome projects that overlap with the grand challenge areas this is not a requirement, as we are also keen to support projects in other areas.

SOURCE Innovate UK SECTOR Any
VALUE £25,000 - £2,000,000 FUNDING TYPE Grant
OPEN DATE 20/05/2021
CLOSE DATE 25/08/2021
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SBRI Low Carbon Hydrogen Supply 2 Competition Stream 1 Phase 1

Description

The Low Carbon Hydrogen Supply 2 (HYS2) competition is the follow on from the highly successful Low Carbon Hydrogen Supply (HS1) [1] competition and aims to accelerate the development of a wide range of innovative low-carbon hydrogen supply solutions to enable development of a hydrogen economy compatible with net zero targets.

SOURCE BEIS SECTOR Hydrogen
VALUE £50,000 FUNDING TYPE Contract
OPEN DATE 28/06/2021
CLOSE DATE 09/08/2021
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SBRI Low Carbon Hydrogen Supply 2 Competition Stream 2

Description

The Low Carbon Hydrogen Supply 2 (HYS2) competition is the follow on from the highly successful Low Carbon Hydrogen Supply (HS1) [1] competition and aims to accelerate the development of a wide range of innovative low-carbon hydrogen supply solutions to enable development of a hydrogen economy compatible with net zero targets

SOURCE BEIS SECTOR Hydrogen
VALUE £1,000,000 FUNDING TYPE Contract
OPEN DATE 28/06/2021
CLOSE DATE 09/08/2021
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Analysis for Innovators (A4I) Round 6

Description

The aim of this competition is to match the best UK scientists and cutting-edge facilities with businesses that have analysis or measurement problems.

Your proposal must describe a measurement or analysis problem, that will help improve your businesses productivity or competitiveness and an estimate of the value to your business of solving it.

SOURCE Innovate UK SECTOR
VALUE Up to £50,000 FUNDING TYPE Grant
OPEN DATE 29/07/2021
CLOSE DATE 18/08/2021
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SMART:SCOTLAND Grant

Description

The SMART:SCOTLAND grant is one of our research and development (R&D) grants that aims to support high risk, highly ambitious projects.

It covers conducting feasibility studies. It’s only available to small and medium enterprises (SMEs)* based in Scotland and supports activities that have a commercial endpoint.

SOURCE Scottish Enterprise SECTOR
VALUE Up to £100,000 FUNDING TYPE Grant
OPEN DATE 04/09/2021
CLOSE DATE 21/08/2021
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ISCF smart sustainable plastic packaging: business-led R&D

Description

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £7 million from the Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging Programme in innovation projects.

These projects must have the potential to significantly impact the 2025 UK Plastics Pact targets in the long term, and address widely known problems related to plastic packaging for consumer products.

Your proposal must:

  • improve the sustainability of the plastic packaging supply chain
  • make a significant contribution towards delivering the targets of the UK Plastics Pact
  • utilise at-scale innovation in design, technology, processes, business models, supply chains, or data for plastic packaging
  • embed a whole systems approach to plastic packaging sustainability, considering environmental, economic, and social factors

SOURCE Innovate UK SECTOR Packaging, Plastic
VALUE £200,000 - £4,000,000 FUNDING TYPE Grant
OPEN DATE 18/05/2021
CLOSE DATE 08/09/2021
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Driving the electric revolution – building talent for the future

Description

Innovate UK’s Driving the Electric Revolution challenge, part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £250,000 in projects building talent for the future.

The aim of this competition is to fund several ideas that quickly fill immediate gaps in skills, talent and training for the power electronics, machines and drives (PEMD) industry.

Your proposal must deliver a clear game-changing intervention, which would realistically and significantly meet a UK PEMD talent requirement.

SOURCE Innovate UK SECTOR Evs
VALUE Up to £25,000 FUNDING TYPE Grant
OPEN DATE 09/08/2021
CLOSE DATE 15/09/2021
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Innovation challenge: Zero Emissions Heavy Duty Vehicles

Description

This is a competition to help Scottish businesses develop innovative solutions that can support the decarbonisation of Heavy Duty Vehicles and Scotland’s green recovery.

Funded by Transport Scotland and managed by Scottish Enterprise as a national, Scotland CAN DO innovation challenge call, it’s open to any eligible organisation in Scotland.

Grant support for 100% of the eligible project costs is available. This will allow companies to undertake detailed design and assess the technical and commercial feasibility of their proposed solution over a period of 3 to 5 months, with projects completing by the end of March 2022.

SOURCE CAN DO fund SECTOR HGV
VALUE £30,000-50,000 FUNDING TYPE Grant
OPEN DATE 26/07/2021
CLOSE DATE 17/09/2021
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Knowledge transfer partnerships (KTP): 2021 to 2022, round 3

Description

The Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) scheme allows a UK registered business or not-for-profit organisation (which we will refer to collectively as the ‘business partner’ from now on) to partner with a UK higher education (HE) or further education (FE) institution, RTO or Catapult (which we will refer to as the ‘knowledge base partner’).

This new partnership brings new skills and the latest academic thinking into the business partner to deliver a specific, strategic innovation project. The knowledge base partner will recruit 1 or 2 graduates (known as ‘associates’) to work on the project.

SOURCE Knowledge Transfer Partnership SECTOR
VALUE Up to £75,000 FUNDING TYPE Grant
OPEN DATE 05/07/2021
CLOSE DATE 29/09/2021
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EuropeWave

Description

The overarching challenge: The design, development, and demonstration of cost-effective wave energy converter systems for electrical power production that can survive in the harsh and unpredictable ocean environment.

The call will be open until 1 October. A free-of-charge webinar will be held on 13 July (9.30-11am UK time), to provide potential applicants with full details of the call requirements, eligibility conditions and evaluation criteria. An online brokerage tool is also available until 20 July, to facilitation consortia building.

SOURCE Public Contracts Scotland and EU SECTOR Wave Energy
VALUE Estimated total value €16.3m FUNDING TYPE Grant
OPEN DATE 01/07/2021
CLOSE DATE 30/09/2021
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KTN - iX Challenges: Solutions to Decarbonise Heat

Description

EQUANS, part of the ENGIE Group, is looking for SME’s with innovative solutions to decarbonise heat who are interested in corporate strategic investment.Through this iX challenge, EQUANS is looking for innovations that address typical heat decarbonisation challenge pain points as well as those that validate the provenance of low carbon fuels and allow heat networks to integrate with other energy systems.

Examples include:

  • Smart Local Energy Solutions and Local Area Energy Planning
  • Smart Electric Vehicle Charging Solutions
  • Smart City Solutions
  • Housing retrofit digital diagnostics and remediation tools
  • Educational and community engagement tools

SOURCE Innovate UK and EQUANS SECTOR
VALUE The project must cost between £100,000 and £1,200,000: 50% of the funding will come from EQUANS as an equity investment, and 50% of the funding will come from Innovate UK Grant. FUNDING TYPE Grant and Investment
OPEN DATE 06/07/2021
CLOSE DATE 30/09/2021
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KTN-iX challenge: Solutions for Smarter & Greener Places

Description

Through this iX challenge, EQUANS, part of the ENGIE Group, is looking for SME’s with innovative solutions that create smarter and greener places who are interested in corporate strategic investment, with innovations across energy, mobility and infrastructure that enable smarter and greener places. Alongside technical innovations, EQUANS is interested in educational tools that help to promote behavioural change in communities, supporting democratisation in achieving decarbonisation.

Examples include:

  • Smart Local Energy Solutions and Local Area Energy Planning
  • Smart Electric Vehicle Charging Solutions
  • Smart City Solutions
  • Housing retrofit digital diagnostics and remediation tools
  • Educational and community engagement tools

SOURCE Innovate UK and EQUANS SECTOR
VALUE The project must cost between £100,000 and £1,200,000: 50% of the funding will come from EQUANS as an equity investment, and 50% of the funding will come from Innovate UK Grant. FUNDING TYPE Grant and Investment
OPEN DATE 06/07/2021
CLOSE DATE 30/09/2021
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KTN-iX challenge: Digital Tools for the Built Environment

Description

Through this iX challenge, EQUANS, part of the ENGIE Group, is looking for SME’s with innovative tools for the built environment who are interested in corporate strategic investment, with innovations across energy, mobility and infrastructure that enable smarter and greener places. Alongside technical innovations, EQUANS is interested in educational tools that help to promote behavioural change in communities, supporting democratisation in achieving decarbonisation.

These solutions could provide insight, action or outcomes as they increase the connectivity and flexibility of the built environment. Examples include:

  • Carbon accounting, reporting and compliance solutions
  • Data capture, analysis and insight solutions
  • Net Zero prop-tech and IOT
  • Energy and asset management platforms
  • Educational and gamification tools

SOURCE Innovate UK and EQUANS SECTOR
VALUE The project must cost between £100,000 and £1,200,000: 50% of the funding will come from EQUANS as an equity investment, and 50% of the funding will come from Innovate UK Grant. FUNDING TYPE Grant and Investment
OPEN DATE 06/07/2021
CLOSE DATE 30/09/2021
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KTN-iX challenge: Industrial Decarbonisation Solutions

Description

EQUANS, part of the ENGIE Group, is looking for SME’s with innovative industrial decarbonisation solutions who are interested in corporate strategic investment. Through this iX challenge, EQUANS is looking for disruptive tools that will support the end to end process from identifying, appraising and developing net zero opportunities through to deploying and monitoring these net zero initiatives in action.

EQUANS hopes to co-develop solutions alongside its customers that contribute to their strategic outcomes, reduce carbon, optimise energy usage, improve process efficiency or support the development of a circular economy. Examples include:

  • Carbon accounting, reporting and compliance solutions
  • Data capture, analysis and insight solutions
  • Digital tools to identify and appraise decarbonisation projects
  • Multi-vector technoeconomic modelling platforms
  • Digital decarbonisation and Industry 4.0 solutions

SOURCE Innovate UK and EQUANS SECTOR
VALUE The project must cost between £100,000 and £1,200,000: 50% of the funding will come from EQUANS as an equity investment, and 50% of the funding will come from Innovate UK Grant. FUNDING TYPE Grant and Investment
OPEN DATE 06/07/2021
CLOSE DATE 30/09/2021
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Pre-Commercial Procurement: Design, develop, and demonstrate wave energy converter systems (EuropeWave PCP)

Description

This procurement takes the form of a pre-commercial procurement (PCP). In a PCP, R&D service contracts are awarded to several R&D service providers in parallel to progressively develop solutions in a phased approach. This allows the procurers to compare several design solutions in a competitive environment.

The EuropeWave PCP combines the phased approach of the PCP model, a stage-gated industrial development process, and an international evaluation and guidance framework for ocean energy technology.

Each selected operator will be awarded a framework agreement that covers up to three R&D phases:

Phase 1: Concept development

Phase 2: Design/modelling

Phase 3: Open-sea deployment & testing programme

SOURCE Wave Energy Scotland Limited SECTOR Wave
VALUE €16,333,333 FUNDING TYPE Contract
OPEN DATE 2/07/2021
CLOSE DATE 1/10/2021
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EIC Accelerator

Description

The EIC Accelerator supports individual Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), in particular Startups and spinout companies to develop and scaleup game-changing innovations. In some cases small mid-caps (up to 500 employees) are supported.

SOURCE EU SECTOR Any
VALUE Up to €2.5,000,000 FUNDING TYPE Grant
OPEN DATE 26/07/2021
CLOSE DATE 6/10/2021
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Proposal for the Longer Duration Energy Storage Demonstration innovation competition - Stream 1

Description

Stream 1 would be for technologies currently at TRL 6/7– aiming to demonstrate the capability of first-of-a-kind energy storage facilities through actual demonstrations in operational environments.

SOURCE BEIS SECTOR Storage
VALUE Phase 1 (Mobilisation): Up to £1 million - Phase 2 (Build and commision): Circe £11 million FUNDING TYPE Grant
OPEN DATE 17/06/2021
CLOSE DATE TBC
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Proposal for the Longer Duration Energy Storage Demonstration innovation competition - Steam 2

Description

Stream 2 would be for technologies currently at TRL 4/5 – aiming to demonstrate first-of-a-kind energy storage system prototypes in relevant or operational environments. This aims to build a pipeline of longer duration energy storage systems to be commercially deployed, leveraging the benefits achieved through Stream 1.

SOURCE BEIS SECTOR Storage
VALUE Phase 1 (Feasibility): Up to £50,000 - Phase 2 (Build and commision): Up to £9.45 million FUNDING TYPE Grant
OPEN DATE 17/06/2021
CLOSE DATE TBC
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