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Scottish Government Emerging Energy Technologies Fund - Hydrogen Innovation Scheme

Description

The Hydrogen Innovation Scheme is a £10 million capital funding stream, designed to support the development and demonstration of renewable hydrogen technologies and products needed to support the Scottish Government’s ambition of 5GW installed hydrogen production capacity by 2030.

SOURCE The Emerging Energy Technologies Fund SECTOR Renewable hydrogen technologies
VALUE Stream 1 feasibility studies: £30k-£150k, up to 100% of cost can be covered, must be completed by 28th February 2024. Stream 1 demonstration: £50k-£1.5m, up to 50% of cost can be covered, must be completed by 28th February 2026. Stream 2 test and demonstration facilities: £100k-£2m, up to 50% of cost can be covered, must be completed by 28th February 2026. FUNDING TYPE Grant
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CLOSE DATE "Deadline for submission of all expressions of interest is 13 August 2022 at 17:00. Expressions of interest submitted after this deadline may still be considered but are not guaranteed to be included within the 22/23 funding window. Stream 1 feasibility and demonstration – final application forms must be completed and submitted to EETF@gov.scot no later than 17:00 on 31 October 2022. No exception to submission dates can be negotiated. Stream 2 test and demonstration facilities – final application forms must be completed and submitted to EETF@gov.scot no later than 17:00 on 30 September 2022. No exception to submission dates can be negotiated."
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TechX Clean Energy Accelerator

Description

TechX’s Clean Energy Accelerator is an intensive 15-week programme for 12 innovative clean energy start-ups with clear potential to significantly accelerate the transition to an affordable net zero energy industry.

Start-ups’ technology solutions must be at a technology readiness level (TRL) of 2 to 6 inclusive in order to be eligible for the Accelerator. We will accept applications from start-ups that have developed other technologies at higher TRLs as long as the innovation they are applying with is TRL 2 to TRL 6.

Start-ups can be based anywhere as the programme is delivered virtually, but all participants must work to a GMT time zone. In-person attendance in Aberdeen UK is expected for 3 weeks (first week, last week and a week in the middle).

SOURCE Scottish Enterprise SECTOR All
VALUE Up to £100k grant per start-up FUNDING TYPE Grant
OPEN DATE 01/08/2022
CLOSE DATE 09/10/2022
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Zero Emission Road Freight Battery and Hydrogen Demonstration

Description

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will work with the Department for Transport to invest up to £140 million in innovation projects. As part of the Zero Emission Road Freight (ZERFT) Demonstration programme, this competition will focus on the largest heavy goods vehicles (HGVs). The programme will support government’s commitment to end sales of all new, non-zero emission HGVs by 2040 and enable continued cross border freight.

The Zero Emission Road Freight programme competition is funding demonstrations across 3 strands:

  • Strand 1: Zero emission road freight battery electric truck demonstration
  • Strand 2: Zero emission road freight hydrogen fuel cell truck demonstration
  • Strand 3: Zero emission road freight battery and hydrogen demonstration (this strand)

SOURCE Department for Transport and Innovate UK SECTOR Heavy Goods Vehicles
VALUE £30,000,000-£140,000,000 FUNDING TYPE Grant
OPEN DATE 15/08/2022
CLOSE DATE 12/10/2022
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Women in Innovation Awards 2022/23

Description

Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, is offering up to 50 Women in Innovation Awards to women entrepreneurs across the UK. The winners will receive a £50,000 grant and a bespoke package of mentoring, coaching and business support.

The aim of this competition is to find women with exciting, innovative ideas and ambitious plans that will inspire others. The awards are for women founders, co-founders or senior decision makers working in businesses that have been operating for at least one year.

SOURCE Innovate UK SECTOR Any
VALUE £50,000 FUNDING TYPE Grant
OPEN DATE 22/08/2022
CLOSE DATE 19/10/2022
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Automotive Transformation Fund Expression of Interest: Round 25

Description

The Automotive Transformation Fund (ATF) is an Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) programme that aims to establish a competitive and sustainable UK supply chain.

It offers a share of up to £1 billion of funding for capital and associated industrial research projects. This will be to support the industrialisation of a high value, electrified automotive supply at scale in the UK.

This is an expression of interest (EoI) competition, which is the first stage in a two stage process. Your EoI application outlines your proposal and potential benefits to the UK. If your application is successful, you will be invited to progress to a full application for the ATF competition.

SOURCE Advanced Propulsion Centre SECTOR Automotive
VALUE Your project’s total costs and project duration must be appropriate and in proportion to the planned objectives and prioritisation of the Automotive Transformation Fund. FUNDING TYPE Grant
OPEN DATE 22/08/2022
CLOSE DATE 21/10/2022
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Innovate UK Smart Grants: July 2022

Description

Smart is Innovate UK’s responsive grant funding programme. It has focused eligibility criteria and scope to support SMEs and their partners to develop disruptive innovations with significant potential for rapid, economic return to the UK.

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, is investing up to £25 million in the best game-changing, and world leading ideas, designed for swift, successful commercialisation. Ideas need to be genuinely new and novel, not just disruptive within their sector.

Your proposal must be business focused, with deliverable, realistic, adequately resourced plans to achieve return on investment, growth and market share following project completion.

SOURCE Innovate UK SECTOR Any
VALUE £100,000-£2,000,000 FUNDING TYPE Grant
OPEN DATE 28/07/2022
CLOSE DATE 26/10/2022
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SBRI: The Sustainable Production & Supply of Food Challenge

Description

The Food Challenge Partnership in the Cardiff Capital Region is looking for your innovative solutions to help address the issues of:

  1. How to increase the sustainable production of food in the region and generate positive economic, social and environmental impacts, and
  2. How to supply nutritious, locally grown food whilst ensuring a fair price for producers and the wellbeing of future generations.

We are interested in sustainable food production and supply chain solutions which can be applied to the public sector, private and third sector to maximise commercial opportunities.

SOURCE UKRI SECTOR Food
VALUE Phase 1: up to £50,000 (inc. VAT) per project. Phase 2: £800,000 total funding (inc. VAT). Phase 3: £1,000,000 total funding (inc. VAT). Each phase is only open to successful projects from the previous phase. FUNDING TYPE Grant
OPEN DATE 01/08/2022
CLOSE DATE 31/10/2022
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Farming Innovation Programme small R&D partnership projects R2

Description

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra), will invest up to £11million in innovation projects.

This funding is part of Defra’s Farming Innovation Programme which is delivered in partnership with UKRI’s Transforming Food Production Challenge. (Note: Being accepted in round 1 is not a requirement to apply for this grant).

SOURCE DEFRA SECTOR Agriculture
VALUE £1,000,000-£3,000,000 FUNDING TYPE Grant
OPEN DATE 31/08/2022
CLOSE DATE 02/11/2022
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Improving Observation Capabilities of Biodiversity in UK Waters

Description

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, is working with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) to invest up to £1.5 million across 3 years in grant funding for innovation projects that can improve the observation capabilities of the UK’s waters, towards improved assessment and evaluation of the status and risks to natural capital assets. These can include the data acquisition, communication, storage, analysis and modelling systems.

SOURCE Innovate UK/DEFRA SECTOR Water ecosystems
VALUE £75,000-£200,000 FUNDING TYPE Grant
OPEN DATE 31/08/2022
CLOSE DATE 04/11/2022
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Innovation Loans Future Economy Competition – Round 6

Description

Innovate UK is offering up to £25 million in loans to micro, small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). Loans are for highly innovative late stage research and development (R&D) projects with the best potential for the future. There should be a clear route to commercialisation and economic impact.

SOURCE Innovate UK SECTOR All
VALUE Loans can be for between £100,000 and £2 million. FUNDING TYPE Loan
OPEN DATE 20/09/2022
CLOSE DATE 09/11/2022
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SSPP Future Plastic Packaging Solutions Round 2

Description

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £2.5 million from the Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging Programme for early-stage and mid- stage projects.

This funding is from the Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging (SSPP) Challenge which aims to establish the UK as a leading innovator in smart and sustainable plastic packaging for consumer products. Its goals are to deliver cleaner growth across the supply chain, with a dramatic reduction in plastic waste entering the environment by 2025.

SOURCE Innovate UK SECTOR Plastic packaging
VALUE £30,000-£250,000 FUNDING TYPE Grant
OPEN DATE 12/09/2022
CLOSE DATE 09/11/2022
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Knowledge transfer partnerships (KTP): 2022 to 2023 Round 4

Description

The Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) programme 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 knowledge base partner’ (either a UK higher education (HE) or further education (FE) institution, research and technology organisation (RTO) or Catapult).

SOURCE KTN SECTOR All
VALUE Typically, a project’s total costs are no more than £75,000 per year. A proportion of the knowledge base partners costs will be funded by Innovate UK. The remainder of the project costs are paid by the business partner. FUNDING TYPE Grant
OPEN DATE 20/09/2022
CLOSE DATE 16/11/2022
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Ofgem Round 2: Discovery – Improving energy system resilience and robustness

Description

The aims of this competition are to:

  • incorporate resilience and robustness as key and measurable considerations into future multi-energy system design
  • develop technical, organisational and commercial innovation including using novel multi-energy system configurations for increasing system resilience
  • improve understanding of trade-offs between increasing resilience, robustness and the cost implications and consumer trust and acceptability in the context of a net zero transition
  • improve understanding of robustness in future energy system configurations and develop solutions to improve and strengthen it

Your project must focus on and address at least one of these areas:

  • novel approaches to improving resilience using multi-energy systems
  • strengthening the UK’s energy system robustness to support efficient roll out of new infrastructure

SOURCE Ofgem SECTOR All
VALUE Your Discovery Phase Project must last up to three months and have a total requested funding of no more than £150,000, exclusive of VAT. FUNDING TYPE Grant
OPEN DATE 05/09/2022
CLOSE DATE 23/11/2022
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Ofgem Round 2: Discovery – Preparing for a net zero power system

Description

The aims of this competition are to:

  • develop innovations in technology, markets and standards that help the power system be ready for net zero by 2035
  • develop evidence on the technical and commercial capability of new assets to provide power stability services
  • support the system integration of novel assets including the necessary digital interfaces and their market accessibility to help increase the pool of resources providing system stability services ahead of 2035

Your project must focus on and address at least one of these areas:

  • novel ways to reliably support low stability systems
  • accessing grid or system support from novel supply and demand side sources

SOURCE Ofgem SECTOR All
VALUE Your Discovery Phase Project must last up to three months and have a total requested funding of no more than £150,000, exclusive of VAT. FUNDING TYPE Grant
OPEN DATE 05/09/2022
CLOSE DATE 23/11/2022
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Ofgem Round 2: Discovery – Supporting a just energy transition

Description

The aims of this competition are to:

  • improve coordination between networks and other stakeholders with remit and responsibility for consumer service provision for more targeted and joined-up support
  • significantly progress the understanding of consumer vulnerability in the context of energy networks and net zero transition and develop robust strategies to support these consumers
  • significantly narrow the gap between consumer segments in terms of ease, accessibility, and cost effectiveness of decarbonisation solutions relevant to energy networks
  • adapt and improve existing decarbonisation solutions and approaches to work better, considering different vulnerability factors

Your project must focus on and address at least one of these areas:

  • novel and replicable approaches for better identification, support, and inclusion of vulnerable and disadvantaged consumers
  • supporting the decarbonisation of heat and mobility for rural, off gas grid, fuel poor and those consumer groups with reduced access to opportunities for decarbonisation

SOURCE Ofgem SECTOR All
VALUE Your Discovery Phase Project must last up to three months and have a total requested funding of no more than £150,000, exclusive of VAT. FUNDING TYPE Grant
OPEN DATE 05/09/2022
CLOSE DATE 23/11/2022
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Ofgem Round 2: Discovery – Accelerating decarbonisation of major energy demands

Description

The aims of this competition are to:

  • develop technical, social, economic or political approaches to integrated planning and connecting decarbonised heat and transport demand that reduces overall costs and timescales
  • integrate energy efficiency together with flexibility to reduce costs of connecting and operating decarbonised heat and transport demands
  • demonstrate coordination between flexibility, energy efficiency and regional or local energy planning activities that reduce costs and improves consumer experience for decarbonisation

Your project must focus on and address at least one of the following themes:

  • Theme 1: approaches to effectively facilitate, manage, and integrate multiple demands and demand-side solutions, for example, heat and transport, flexibility or energy demand reduction
  • Theme 2: integrating heat networks for wider energy network management
  • Theme 3: improving efficiency at different levels in the energy system, for example, loss reduction across networks, assessing and realising value of demand reduction to the energy network

SOURCE Ofgem SECTOR All
VALUE Your Discovery Phase Project must last up to three months and have a total requested funding of no more than £150,000, exclusive of VAT. FUNDING TYPE Grant
OPEN DATE 05/09/2022
CLOSE DATE 23/11/2022
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Industrial Fuel Switching Competition Phase 2: demonstration projects

Description

The Industrial Fuel Switching (IFS) Competition aims to support the development of fuel switching and fuel switch enabling technologies for UK industry. This includes fuel switches from high carbon fuels to hydrogen, electricity, biomass, and other low carbon fuels. It supports fuel switch and fuel switch enabling technologies at Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 4 to 7 at the start of the project. It supports fuel switch and fuel switch enabling technologies at Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 4 to 7 at the start of the project.

Funding is divided into 3 lots:

  • fuel switch and fuel switch enabling technologies for hydrogen
  • fuel switch and fuel switch enabling technologies for electrification
  • fuel switch and fuel switch enabling technologies for biomass, wastes, and other net zero compatible fuels

SOURCE BEIS SECTOR Any
VALUE Phase 2 provides up to £49.4 million in funding with £1 million to £6 million available per project. FUNDING TYPE Grant
OPEN DATE 23/09/2022
CLOSE DATE 25/11/2022
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Scottish Enterprise- Zero Emission Mobility Innovation Fund

Description

Scottish Enterprise and Transport Scotland have developed ZEMIF to support Scottish based businesses to scale the manufacture of prototype zero emission niche and HDV components, systems and vehicles through R&D activities.

The fund will encourage collaboration and clustering of innovation activity as projects move towards low-volume manufacturing. Successful project outcomes will be commercialised to fuel the decarbonisation of niche and HDVs in Scotland and across the globe.

The fund has two main strands. These are:

  • Innovation2Manufacture – for R&D projects focused on enabling the manufacture of prototype zero emission vehicles, components and systems, through to small scale manufacturing
  • Innovation2Deployment – for R&D projects aimed at the rapid testing of new transport ideas using technology, business model, software, and financial innovation

SOURCE Scottish Enterprise SECTOR Mobility
VALUE Discretionary FUNDING TYPE Grant
OPEN DATE 14/07/2022
CLOSE DATE 01/12/2022
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PEMD Scale-up: Strand 2, manufacturing process development

Description

Strand 2 (this strand): Manufacturing process development, which aims to fund innovative process development projects that impact manufacturing cost, capability and efficiency to grow resilient manufacturing PEMD supply chains.

SOURCE Innovate UK SECTOR Manufacturing
VALUE Your project’s total grant funding request must be between £50,000 and £800,000. FUNDING TYPE Grant
OPEN DATE 21/09/2022
CLOSE DATE 07/12/2022
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PEMD Scale-up: Strand 1, adopting manufacturing best practice

Description

Strand 1 (this strand): Adopting manufacturing best practice, which aims to fund feasibility studies that facilitate the transfer of knowledge, solutions, technologies and best practice from other manufacturing sectors and demonstrate the impact of these innovations on the PEMD supply chain.

SOURCE Innovate UK SECTOR Manufacturing
VALUE Your project’s total grant funding request must be between £50,000 and £400,000. FUNDING TYPE Grant
OPEN DATE 21/09/2022
CLOSE DATE 07/12/2022
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Industrial Energy Transformation Fund (IETF) Phase 2: closing January 2023

Description

Phase 2 of the IETF provides grant funding for feasibility and engineering studies, and for the deployment of industrial energy efficiency and deep decarbonisation projects.

IETF Phase 2: Autumn 2022 provides approximately £70 million of grant funding for the following project types:

  • studies – feasibility and engineering studies to enable companies to investigate identified energy efficiency and decarbonisation projects prior to making an investment decision
  • energy efficiency – deployment of technologies to reduce industrial energy consumption
  • deep decarbonisation – deployment of technologies to achieve industrial emissions savings

SOURCE UKRI SECTOR All
VALUE Between £30,000 to £30,000,000 FUNDING TYPE Grant
OPEN DATE 10/10/2022
CLOSE DATE 13/01/2023
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Scottish Enterprise - CO2 Utilisation Challenge

Description

Scotland’s CO2 utilisation sector is new and emerging. The aim of this challenge is to support Research and Development (R&D) to assist companies in developing technology that will lead to new commercial uses for CO2, and the creation of jobs, as part of our journey to a low carbon economy.

Run by Scottish Enterprise on behalf of Scottish Government, the funding is being provided as part of its Programme for Government 2020/21 commitments.

Suitable projects may use chemical, biological reactions or mineralisation to transform CO2 into a product or component with commercial value. Projects that focus on products and processes with low carbon intensity will be prioritised.

The challenge will support projects to develop and test products and to enable infrastructure developments at emissions sources for use in your project. However, projects with a strong focus on carbon capture technology are out of scope, as are projects which do not involve CO2 transformation – using CO2 as a solvent or working fluid, for example.

SOURCE Scottish Enterprise SECTOR CO2 Utilisation
VALUE £150,000 - £500,000 FUNDING TYPE Grant
OPEN DATE 11/04/2022
CLOSE DATE 31/03/2024
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