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Automotive Transformation Fund Expression of Interest

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 (APC) SECTOR Automotive
VALUE Grant size information released next stage: Total available funding is £1 billion FUNDING TYPE Grant
OPEN DATE 09/01/2023
CLOSE DATE 01/02/2023
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Sustainable bio-based materials and manufacture: feasibility study

Description

The aim of this competition is to develop the design and delivery of new and disruptive sustainable biomanufacturing by 2050. Enabling the UK to be more globally competitive by supporting feasibility studies with collaborative development across different industries and sectors.

This can be by innovative use and re-use of renewable feedstocks and biotechnology based manufacture processes for sustainable and circular products.

Projects will allow businesses and academic researchers, to work together and develop more sustainable bio-based products, biotechnology processes and innovations.

SOURCE UKRI SECTOR Materials and Manufacturing
VALUE A share of £2 million for projects with costs between £50,000 and £100,000 for feasibility studies FUNDING TYPE Grant
OPEN DATE 07/12/2022
CLOSE DATE 01/02/2023
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Freight Innovation Fund Accelerator

Description

The Freight Innovation Fund is a multi-faceted programme, funded by the Department for Transport (DfT) and delivered by Connected Places Catapult, which will accelerate the adoption of commercially ready solutions into the sector.

DfT and Connected Places Catapult will select up to 12 SMEs to join a 6-month programme, where they will each have the opportunity to access up to £150,000 of funding to trial their solutions.

SMEs are encouraged to apply in partnership with other organisations, such as corporate partners, with whom they are already in discussions to support the trials.

We will be looking for SMEs that address one or more of the following challenges:

  • Data collection and sharing technologies or methods to reduce impact on the planet, efficiency and to drive better coordination.
  • Better aggregation and disaggregation of large loads from rail to last-mile logistics and onward transport modes to allow goods to enter cities without aggravating emissions and traffic.
  • Design new solutions for inter-modal hubs within ports for containers logistics and their allocation to other freight modes.

SOURCE DfT SECTOR Freight
VALUE £150 000 FUNDING TYPE Grant and commercialisation support
OPEN DATE 09/01/2023
CLOSE DATE 05/02/2023
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Hydrogen BECCS Innovation Programme: Phase 2

Description

The Hydrogen BECCS Innovation Programme will support technologies which can produce hydrogen from biogenic feedstocks and be combined with carbon capture.

Phase 2 (total budget £25 million) builds on Phase 1 (total budget £5 million now closed) to take projects from innovation design through to innovation demonstration. Phase 1 supported multiple projects to scope and develop a feasible prototype demonstration project.

Through a pre-commercial, fully funded procurement Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI), this programme aims to support innovative Hydrogen BECCS technology solutions across 3 categories:

Feedstock pre-processing: the development of low cost, energy and material-efficient pre-processing technologies, which will optimise biomass and waste) feedstocks for use in Advanced Gasification Technologies.

Gasification components: the development of Advanced Gasification Technology components focusing on improving syngas quality and upgrading for generation of hydrogen.

Novel biohydrogen technologies: the development of novel biohydrogen technologies producing hydrogen from biogenic feedstocks, where the core conversion technology is not gasification, and which can be combined with carbon capture.

SOURCE BEIS SECTOR Hydrogen
VALUE £25million available, maximum project costs of: £2.5m (for feedstock pre-processing), £5m (for gasification components), £5m (for novel biohydrogen technologies) FUNDING TYPE BEIS
OPEN DATE 12/01/2023
CLOSE DATE 10/02/2023
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Net Zero Living: Fast Followers

Description

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, are investing £6 million in this Fast Followers competition as part of the Innovate UK Net Zero Living programme.

The aim of this competition is to support local authorities in up to 20 places and fund a dedicated Net Zero Innovation and Delivery officer role. The funding will help you to further develop your net zero delivery plans, improve delivery pathways and enable adoption at scale of innovative products and services.

We will invest up to £300,000 per place over 2 years. If successful you will also have access to net zero skills and capability support provided by Innovate UK and our partners.

SOURCE Innovate UK SECTOR Local government
VALUE Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, are investing £6 million in this Fast Followers competition as part of the Innovate UK Net Zero Living programme. The aim of this competition is to support local authorities in up to 20 places and fund a dedicated Net Zero Innovation and Delivery officer role. The funding will help you to further develop your net zero delivery plans, improve delivery pathways and enable adoption at scale of innovative products and services. We will invest up to £300,000 per place over 2 years. If successful you will also have access to net zero skills and capability support provided by Innovate UK and our partners. FUNDING TYPE Grant
OPEN DATE 18/01/2023
CLOSE DATE 01/03/2023
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ICT and Electronic Devices Sustainability

Description

The European Space Agency is launching a competition in collaboration with Dott, Voi, and Material Focus to help tackle sustainability challenges relating to batteries, electrical products, electronic waste, and the ICT sector. Solutions can target any part of the product lifecycle, whether it’s improving sourcing of materials for the micromobility industry or helping to recover useful components from landfill sites. Winning teams will receive 80% funding of up to €200,000 to run a year-long feasibility study.

SOURCE ESA SECTOR ICT
VALUE Each selected study will receive 80% funding of up to €200K. FUNDING TYPE Grant
OPEN DATE 05/12/2022
CLOSE DATE 05/03/2023
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Innovation Loans Future Economy Competition: Round 8

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.

Your project must lead to innovative new products, processes or services that are significantly ahead of others currently available, or propose an innovative use of existing products, processes or services. It can also involve a new or innovative business model.

Your project must focus on one or more of the future economy areas included in the Innovate UK “plan for action” https://www.ukri.org/publications/innovate-uk-action-plan-for-business-innovation-2021-to-2025.

SOURCE Innovate UK SECTOR Any
VALUE Loans can be between £100k and £2million FUNDING TYPE Loan
OPEN DATE 01/01/2023
CLOSE DATE 08/03/2023
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Farming Innovation Programme: Research Starter Round 3. EoI

Description

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) will invest up to £850,000 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.

The aim of this competition is to:

  • investigate early-stage solutions with the potential to substantially improve overall productivity, sustainability, resilience and move existing agricultural sectors to net zero
  • prioritise solutions that have positive outputs for farmers, growers or foresters in commercially relevant situations
  • accelerate development of effective new agricultural solutions by working with end-users and collaborating with the wider UK research community in the innovation process
  • This is an expression of interest (EoI) stage of a two stage competition. If your application is successful you will be invited to apply to a full stage competition.

This two stage competition is designed to make funding accessible to a wider range of applicants. If you are successful in the EoI stage, you will be able to access independent support to help complete the full stage application for grant funding. The full stage will open in May 2023.

SOURCE DEFRA SECTOR Food/Agriculture
VALUE Detailed project costs are not required at this EoI stage. At the full application stage your project’s total costs must be between £28,000 and £56,000. FUNDING TYPE Grant
OPEN DATE 30/01/2023
CLOSE DATE 08/03/2023
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APC23: industrialising net zero automotive technology

Description

The Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) provides funding, support, insight and foresight for the development of low emission transport solutions, and automotive technologies. It aims to support the UK’s transition towards net zero product manufacturing and supply chain in the UK automotive sector.

In this competition round APC is investing up to £20 million.

We are looking for collaborative, pre-production research and development (R&D) projects that:

  • support the UK’s long-term vision and underpinning capabilities by securing long term R&D investment
  • achieve through the associated supply chain, the design, build, test and manufacture of net-zero carbon emission vehicles

Projects must look to fulfil both these criteria to ensure the UK meets the future demand of vehicle makers and users, strengthening UK’s global impact and, anchoring the value-add across the whole supply chain.

SOURCE Innovate UK SECTOR Automotive
VALUE Your project’s total grant funding request must be between £2.5 million and £20 million. Your project must be a minimum of 50% match-funded, with a suggested maximum number of six partners. FUNDING TYPE Grant
OPEN DATE 16/01/2023
CLOSE DATE 15/03/2023
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Knowledge transfer partnerships (KTP): 2023 to 2024 Round 1

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).

The KTP partnership brings new skills and the latest academic thinking into the business partner to deliver a specific, strategic innovation project. The knowledge base partner recruits the ‘associate’ to work on the project. The associate has the opportunity to lead a strategic development within the business developing new skills and gaining valuable experience.

Guidance on how to apply for a KTP is available.

Each application must be led by a knowledge base, working with a business partner and supported by a knowledge transfer adviser.

If you are a business and do not yet have a relationship with a knowledge base partner, the knowledge transfer adviser can help you to identify one.

SOURCE KTP SECTOR Any
VALUE Typically, a project’s total costs are £8,500 per month. Projects must be between 12 and 36 months. 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 Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP)
OPEN DATE 30/01/2023
CLOSE DATE 22/03/2023
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Engineering Biology Collaborative Research and Development Round 1

Description

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), will invest up to £7 million in this Engineering Biology collaborative research and development (CR&D) competition. This competition is part of UKRI’s National Engineering Biology Programme (NEBP).

The aim of this competition is to deliver business led research and development (R&D) that will:

  • lead to new Engineering Biology products, processes or services
  • de-risk the adoption of new Engineering Biology technologies that offer high market potential.

Your proposal must align with one or more of the NEBP themes or focus on cross cutting technology or service development. The NEBP themes are:

  • food systems
  • biomedicine
  • clean growth
  • environmental solutions

SOURCE Innovate UK SECTOR Engineering Biology
VALUE Your project’s total costs must be between £100,000 and £500,000. FUNDING TYPE Grant
OPEN DATE 30/01/2023
CLOSE DATE 29/03/2023
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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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Novel, low-emission food production systems: Feasibility studies

Description

Innovate UK and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), part of UK Research and Innovation, are jointly investing £16 million in this competition through their strategic partnership. This partnership will support UK businesses to engage with and benefit from the UK’s excellent research base to grow and scale innovations.

The Novel Low Emission Food Production systems competition is part of Innovate UK’s funding support for growing the future economy, as outlined in Innovate UK’s Plan for Action. This funding also includes the Better Food for All competition, early, mid and late stages. You must ensure you apply for the most relevant competition for your project.

The aim of this competition is to support the development of novel food production systems that create new sources of resource efficient, low-emission foods, particularly proteins, while delivering healthy and sustainable diets.

Your project must progress emerging novel food production systems towards commercial viability and ability to supply mainstream consumer markets.

SOURCE UKRI SECTOR Food
VALUE £16 million fund, feasibility study grants of £500k-£1 million per project FUNDING TYPE Grant
OPEN DATE 18/01/2023
CLOSE DATE 19/04/2023
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Innovate UK Smart grants: January 2023

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.

Questions for this round of Smart reflect the importance of obtaining economic benefits from public funding, and the potential for successful commercialisation, growth and exports.

Applications can come from any area of technology and be applied to any part of the economy, such as, but not exclusively, net zero, the arts, design and media.

SOURCE Innovate UK SECTOR Any
VALUE Projects of 6 to 18 months must have total eligible project costs between £100,000 and £500,000 and can be single or collaborative. 19 to 36 month projects must have total eligible project costs between £100,000 and £2 million and must be collaborative. FUNDING TYPE Grant
OPEN DATE 19/01/2023
CLOSE DATE 26/04/2023
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International research on climate change adaptation and mitigation

Description

Apply for funding to conduct international and interdisciplinary research on participatory and culturally-appropriate mitigation and adaptation responses to climate change.

You must be based at a UK research organisation eligible for UKRI funding.

This funding opportunity aims to further the design and implementation of co-produced adaptation and mitigation strategies for groups currently most impacted by the effects of climate change, owing to both physical and socioeconomic vulnerability.

UKRI will fund the UK component of the successful international projects. The full economic cost of the UK component can be up to £500,000. UKRI will fund 80% of the full economic cost.

Funding is available for 3-year projects.

SOURCE ESRC/AHRC SECTOR Academia
VALUE UKRI will fund the UK component of the successful international projects. The full economic cost of the UK component can be up to £500,000. UKRI will fund 80% of the full economic cost. Funding is available for 3-year projects. FUNDING TYPE Grant
OPEN DATE 24/01/2023
CLOSE DATE 02/05/2023
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UK - Singapore Collaborative R&D Round 2

Description

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £5 million in innovation projects in partnership with Enterprise Singapore. This competition has an open scope.

UK registered organisations must apply to and will be funded by Innovate UK.

Singapore partners must apply to and will be funded by Enterprise Singapore.

The aim of this competition is to fund business led collaborative research and development (CR&D) projects focused on industrial research. Your proposal must include at least one partner from the UK and one partner from Singapore.

The projects we fund are expected to result in a new product, industrial process or service. They must be innovative, involve a technological development and have high market potential in the participating countries.

We would particularly welcome applications from the following sectors:

  • Advanced manufacturing and materials
  • Agrifood tech
  • Mobility and transport
  • Cybersecurity
  • Health and life sciences

SOURCE Innovate UK/Enterprise Singapore SECTOR Any, but "particularly welcomes" advanced manufacturing and materials, agrifood tech, mobility and transport, cybersecurity, health and life sciences
VALUE Maximum grant size of £350,000 FUNDING TYPE Grant
OPEN DATE 06/02/2023
CLOSE DATE 03/05/2023
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UK - Germany Bilateral: Collaborative R&D

Description

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will work with The Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Klimaschutz (BMWK), (The Federal Ministry For Economic Affairs And Climate Action), to invest up to £4 million in innovation projects.

The aim of this competition is to support UK and German business-led collaboration in innovation with grant funding. Innovate UK will support UK businesses to collaborate successfully with German counterparts and build your global growth prospects.

Your proposal must contribute to the development of commercial products, processes or technical services.

Your project must have an obvious advantage and added value as a result of the cooperation between the participants from the two countries. Examples of these could be increased innovation capability, commercial leads, access to R&D infrastructure or new fields of application.

SOURCE Innovate UK/BMWK (Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs And Climate Action, Germany) SECTOR Any
VALUE Maximum grant size of £400,000 FUNDING TYPE Grant
OPEN DATE 07/02/2023
CLOSE DATE 07/06/2023
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Novel low-emission food production systems: Industrial research

Description

Innovate UK and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), part of UK Research and Innovation, are jointly investing £16 million in this competition through their strategic partnership. This partnership will support UK businesses to engage with and benefit from the UK’s excellent research base to grow and scale innovations.

The Novel Low Emission Food Production systems competition is part of Innovate UK’s funding support for growing the future economy, as outlined in Innovate UK’s Plan for Action. This funding also includes the Better Food for All competition, early, mid and late stages. You must ensure you apply for the most relevant competition for your project

The aim of this competition is to support the development of novel food production systems that create new sources of resource efficient, low-emission foods, particularly proteins, while delivering healthy and sustainable diets.

SOURCE Innovate UK SECTOR Food
VALUE £16 million fund, industrial research grants of £500k-£1 million per project FUNDING TYPE Grant
OPEN DATE 18/01/2023
CLOSE DATE 19/06/2023
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