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Grant Funding Opportunities

Automotive Transformation Fund Scale up Readiness Validation (SuRV)

Description

APC is seeking proposals from single organisations or consortiums with R&D projects validating readiness for scale up through pilot production, with a maximum grant request of £2 million.

These projects must produce physical production samples, of a quantity and quality which supports the case for the commercial viability of scale up in the UK. It may include samples to validate technical qualification.

The resulting projects must support the UK automotive industry in:

  • increasing business confidence in making large scale manufacturing investments building electrified vehicle supply chains

SOURCEBEISSECTORAutomotive
VALUEUpto £2,000,000FUNDING TYPEGrant
OPEN DATE20/04/2022
CLOSE DATE25/05/2022
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Heat in buildings: 2022 development funding invitation

Description

This funding invitation will target £1 million development support for projects with viable feasibility studies. Projects are sought that have potential to deploy low carbon heat solutions for buildings that support the ambitions for Scotland to achieve net zero emissions by 2045.

SOURCEScottish GovermentSECTORHeat
VALUEDevelopment support of up to £50,000 is available to help projects complete an Investment Grade Business Case and progress to capital readiness. Projects must provide a minimum of 50% match funding towards the costs of the business case.FUNDING TYPEGrant
OPEN DATE23/03/2022
CLOSE DATE31/05/2022
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Farming Innovation Programme – research starter pilot - EoI Round 2

Description

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

Your proposal must be able to demonstrate how the project will benefit farmers, growers or foresters in England.

SOURCEDefraSECTORFood
VALUEProject cost details are not required at the EoI stage. At the full application stage your total project costs must be between £28,000 and £56,000.FUNDING TYPEGrant
OPEN DATE23/05/2022
CLOSE DATE06/06/2022
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SBRI: FOAK 2022 Rail

Description

This is a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition funded by the Department for Transport (DfT). The aim of the competition is to deliver high maturity demonstrations of innovations to the UK railways.

This competition is part of a larger ‘first of a kind’ demonstrator initiative, on behalf of DfT. The initiative aims to accelerate innovation in the UK rail sector and enable technologies to be readily and efficiently integrated into the railway system. This competition is the sixth in the first of a kind portfolio.

This first of a kind competition has three themes:

Theme 1 – Low emissions and a greener railway
Theme 2 – Rail Freight (this theme)
Theme 3 – Cost efficiency and performance priorities for a reliable railway

SOURCEDfTSECTORRail
VALUE£150,000- 400,000FUNDING TYPEGrant
OPEN DATE20/04/2022
CLOSE DATE08/06/2022
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Innovation Loans Future Economy Competition – Round 3

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 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.

SOURCEInnovate UKSECTORAny
VALUELoans can be for between £100,000 and £2 million.FUNDING TYPELoan
OPEN DATE12/05/2022
CLOSE DATE08/06/2022
FULL INFORMATION

Automotive Transformation Fund Expression of Interest: Round 21

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 £1billion 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.

SOURCEAPCSECTORAutomotive
VALUEShare of £1bnFUNDING TYPEGrant
OPEN DATE23/05/2022
CLOSE DATE15/06/2022
FULL INFORMATION

Knowledge transfer partnerships (KTP): 2022 to 2023, round 2

Description

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.

SOURCEKTNSECTORAny
VALUE£75,000 per yearFUNDING TYPEGrant
OPEN DATE11/04/2022
CLOSE DATE15/06/2022
FULL INFORMATION

Net Zero Hydrogen Fund – Strand 1 Development Expenditure (DEVEX)

Description

The aim of the Net Zero Hydrogen Fund (NZHF) is to provide capital expenditure (CAPEX) and development expenditure (DEVEX). This will support the commercial deployment of new low carbon hydrogen production projects during the 2020s.

This is to ensure the UK has a diverse and secure decarbonised energy system fit for meeting our ambition of up to 10GW low carbon hydrogen production by 2030, and commitment to reach net zero by 2050.

The NZHF will deliver up to £240 million via four strands as follows:

Strand 1: Development Expenditure (DEVEX) support for front end engineering design (FEED) and post-FEED studies, to grow the future pipeline of hydrogen projects in the UK. (This strand).

SOURCEInnovate UKSECTORHydrogen
VALUE£80,000 - £15,000,000FUNDING TYPEGrant
OPEN DATE25/04/2022
CLOSE DATE22/06/2022
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SBRI: Fusion Industry Challenges - phase 1

Description

This is a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition funded by the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA). The aim of the competition is to develop solutions to fusion energy challenges in two themes for key priority areas.

  1. Driving up fusion power plant performance with innovative heating and cooling systems.
  2. Improving fusion power plant availability with novel fusion materials, technology, and manufacture.

SOURCEInnovate UKSECTORFusion
VALUEPhase 1 projects can range in size with total costs of between £50,000 and £200,000, inclusive of VAT.FUNDING TYPEGrant
OPEN DATE09/05/2022
CLOSE DATE22/06/2022
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Canada-UK Net Zero Value Chains - Transportation

Description

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will work with the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP) to invest a total of up to £4 million in innovation projects. These will enable transition to net zero for the automotive, rail, or maritime transportation sectors.

The aim of this competition is to foster and support collaborative research and development (CR&D) through Canadian and UK partnerships. Your proposal must demonstrate high potential for commercialisation, address a technological challenge and target large global markets.

SOURCEUKRISECTORAutomotive, Rail, Maratime
VALUE£300,000FUNDING TYPEGrant
OPEN DATE4/04/2022
CLOSE DATE29/06/2022
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Farming Innovation Programme - large R&D partnership projects

Description

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:

  • drive the development and demonstration of solutions that have the potential to substantially improve overall productivity, profitability, and environmental sustainability
  • help the sector mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to the effects of climate change
  • ensure solutions deliver positive benefits for England’s farmers, growers, or foresters in commercially relevant situations
  • accelerate research development and demonstration of new agricultural solutions by driving collaboration through active engagement of end users and the wider UK research community in the innovation process
  • enable adoption by demonstrating knowledge exchange to the wider sector and other stakeholders

SOURCEDEFRA, UKRISECTORAgriculture
VALUEYour project’s total costs must be between £3 million and £5 million.FUNDING TYPEGrant
OPEN DATE30/03/2022
CLOSE DATE29/06/2022
FULL INFORMATION

Net Zero Hydrogen Fund – Strand 2 – Capital expenditure (CAPEX)

Description

The aim of the Net Zero Hydrogen Fund (NZHF) is to provide capital expenditure (CAPEX) and development expenditure (DEVEX). This will support the commercial deployment of new low carbon hydrogen production projects during the 2020s.

This is to ensure the UK has a diverse and secure decarbonised energy system fit for meeting our ambition of up to 10GW low carbon hydrogen production by 2030, and commitment to reach net zero by 2050.

The NZHF will deliver up to £240 million via four strands as follows:

Strand 2: Capital expenditure (CAPEX) for projects that do not require a hydrogen specific business model. These are low carbon hydrogen projects that can deploy on the basis of capital expenditure support and are able to start construction rapidly.

SOURCEInnovate UKSECTORInnovate UK
VALUE£200,000 - £30,000,000FUNDING TYPEInnovate UK
OPEN DATE25/04/2022
CLOSE DATE06/07/2022
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Industrial Hydrogen Accelerator Programme

Description

The Industrial Hydrogen Accelerator (IHA) competition supports projects generating evidence on end-to-end industrial fuel switching to hydrogen. It will cover the full technology chain, from hydrogen generation and delivery infrastructure through to industrial end-use, including the integration of the components in a single project.

The competition will fund demonstrations and, where needed, feasibility and FEED studies:

  • the feasibility studies will explore how systems could be designed and provide information on the technical requirements and costs
  • the demonstration projects will construct end-to-end industrial hydrogen systems, from hydrogen production to end-use, to prove their feasibility and provide further evidence on the real-world performance and costs

SOURCEBEISSECTORHydrogen
VALUEDepends on streamFUNDING TYPEGrant
OPEN DATE13/05/2022
CLOSE DATE07/07/2022
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Offshore wind turbine assembly methods for floating platforms in port in high tidal ranges

Description

ABP is developing the Port Talbot tidal harbour for wind turbine assembly and construction of floating offshore wind foundations. The tidal harbour will need significant modification and refitting to manage the planned turbine assembly and floating foundation construction activities.

ABP is seeking solution providers to answer two of its key challenges. This challenge addresses the need for the management of floating platforms once afloat in the harbour and subsequent wind turbine assembly on these platforms.

For a successful applicant, the potential reward would be a contract to take the initial idea through to full design and involvement in the build of the project.

SOURCEKTNSECTOROffhsore Wind
VALUESuccessful applicants will be given an opportunity to pitch their idea to ABP. If applicant designs are successful beyond this, they may take the design concept through to contractual full design and involvement in the port construction project.FUNDING TYPEGrant
OPEN DATE19/05/2022
CLOSE DATE15/07/2022
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Commercialising Connected and Automated Mobility

Description

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will work with the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) to invest up to £41.5 million in innovation projects across two competition strands.

The aim of this competition is to support the CCAV ambition to progress technologies, products and services into commercial offerings.

This competition is split into 2 strands.

  • Strand 1: Commercialising Connected and Automated Mobility: Deployments (this strand)
  • Strand 2: Commercialising Connected and Automated Mobility: Mass Transit

SOURCEUKRISECTORAutomotive
VALUEStrand1: Your project’s total grant funding request must be between £500,000 and £9 million. Strand 2: Your project’s total grant funding request must be between £50,000 and £200,000.FUNDING TYPEGrant
OPEN DATE23/05/2022
CLOSE DATE20/07/2022
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Innovate UK Smart Grants: April 2022

Description

Smart is Innovate UK’s ‘open grant funding’ programme.

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.

Innovate UK secured an uplift in funding in the 2021 spending review, which will enable us to provide an improved range of funding and business support from April 2022. This round of the competition will be the last in the current format.

Future rounds of the Smart grant will be more focused on supporting proposals from UK based innovative businesses that are destined for early, 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
  • health and wellbeing
  • technologies
  • the arts, design and media

SOURCEInnovate UKSECTORGrant
VALUE£100,000 - £2,000,000FUNDING TYPEGrant
OPEN DATE25/04/2022
CLOSE DATE27/07/2022
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Energy Catalyst Round 9

Description

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will work with the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) as part of the Ayrton Fund to invest up to £20 million in innovation projects.

The aim of this competition is to accelerate the innovations needed to create new or improved clean energy access in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia or Indo-Pacific regions. This will create a just and inclusive energy transition and extend the benefits of clean energy to all to meet sustainable development goals (SDGs) 7 ‘Affordable and clean energy’ and 13 ‘Climate action’.

Your proposal must focus on:

  • improving energy access in official development assistance (ODA) eligible countries in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and Indo-Pacific regions
  • have a technology or business model which is affordable, reliable and low carbon
  • consider the role of gender equality and social inclusion (GESI)

SOURCEInnovate UK, FCDO, BEISSECTOR
VALUEYour project’s total costs must be between £50,000 and £5 million.FUNDING TYPEGrant
OPEN DATE18/05/2022
CLOSE DATE10/08/2022
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The BEIS Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator (IEEA)

Description

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) IEEA is supported through its Net Zero Innovation Portfolio and funds industrial scale demonstrations of novel technologies with the potential to reduce energy consumption, maximise resource efficiency and cut carbon emissions.

It is designed to support partnerships between developers of efficient technologies and industrial companies willing to trial innovations on-site. It is open to projects from all UK industry sectors that can demonstrate either a novel technology (targeting Technology Readiness Level 5-8), or the use of an established technology in a novel way.

SOURCEBEISSECTOREnergy Efficiency
VALUEFUNDING TYPEGrant
OPEN DATE19/05/2022
CLOSE DATE19/09/2022
FULL INFORMATION

Innovation Funding

Description

The Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC) Innovation Fund Call invites applications for industry-led, collaborative research projects with academia from businesses with either a foothold in Scotland or a plan to deliver inward investment to stimulate Scotland’s economy. Successful projects will demonstrate a clear route to market for a product, process or service that will deliver jobs and/or additional turnover to Scotland.

Projects must demonstrate collaborative knowledge exchange and research between Industrial Partners and at least one of Scotland’s talented Higher Education Institutes’ (HEI) research teams. This is a unique opportunity for Industry to tap into the world class skills of Scotland’s HEIs in areas directly relevant to exploitation in the Industrial Biotechnology (IB) field.

SOURCEIBioICSECTORIndustrial Biotechnology
VALUEIBioIC's Innovation Fund awards up to £100,000 for collaborative projects between companies and academia, to support costs incurred by academic partners. This must be matched by cash/ in-kind contributions from Industry.FUNDING TYPEGrant
OPEN DATE01/04/2022
CLOSE DATE01/09/2022
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