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Automotive Transformation Fund Expression of Interest: Round 15

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.

SOURCE BEIS SECTOR Automotive
VALUE Share of £1bn FUNDING TYPE Grant
OPEN DATE 27/9/2021
CLOSE DATE 20/10/2021
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Apply for the Red Diesel Replacement competition Phase 1

Description

The £40 million Red Diesel Replacement competition aims to support the development and demonstration of low carbon fuel and system alternatives to red diesel for the construction, and mining and quarrying sectors. The competition will support the decarbonisation of these high-impact sectors that will be affected by the partial removal of the entitlement to use red diesel and rebated fuels from April 2022.

Delivered in 2 phases – Phase 1 Projects must develop technologies within any of the 3 innovation lots at technology readiness level (TRL) 4 and above:

  • Lot 1: Distribution, storage and energy delivery systems development
  • Lot 2: Development of equipment (components/sub-systems) and fleet management infrastructure (facilities for maintaining, hosting and servicing vehicles)
  • Lot 3: Fuel development

Phase 2

A total of £30 million will be available in grant funding for Phase 2, with up to £15 million per project.

Projects must be at TRL 5-6 and demonstrate a low carbon integrated system that includes elements of all 3 technology lots from Phase 1 on a construction and mining/quarrying site. Projects must demonstrate that the technology is at TRL 7 upon completion.

SOURCE BEIS SECTOR Construction, Mining, Quarrying
VALUE £9.2m total, upto £460,000 per project FUNDING TYPE Grant
OPEN DATE 1/10/2021
CLOSE DATE 15/11/2021
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Transforming food production: Series A Investor Partnership Programme: round 2

Description

Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £5 million to fund innovation projects in this competition. The grant funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) Transforming Food Production challenge.

We will be working with a selected pool of investor partners, who have demonstrated that they have the credibility, capability, capacity, and appetite to invest in innovative, technology-led businesses to align with our objectives in this challenge.

This aim of this competition is to support UK registered micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to transform food production through experimental development projects that are closer to market.

SOURCE BEIS SECTOR Any
VALUE £1,000,000 - £3,000,000 FUNDING TYPE BEIS
OPEN DATE 18/10/2021
CLOSE DATE 17/11/2021
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Industrial Fuel Switching

Description

The £55 million Industrial Fuel Switching competition will support innovation in the development of pre-commercial fuel switch and fuel switch enabling technology for the industrial sector, to help industry switch from high to lower carbon fuels. Funding will be awarded through Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) contracts, providing 100% funding for pre-commercial solutions.

There are 2 phases to the competition:

Phase 1 – Feasibility: funding for feasibility studies into fuel switch and fuel switch enabling solutions, with £50,000 to £300,000 available per project

Phase 2 – Demonstration: funding for projects to demonstrate fuel switch and fuel switch enabling solutions, with £1 million to £6 million available per project

The competition will support fuel switch and fuel switch enabling technologies at Technology Readiness (TRL) Level 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 Industry
VALUE Phase 1 : £50,000-300,000 Phase 2: £1,000,000 - £6,000,000 FUNDING TYPE Grant
OPEN DATE 12/10/2021
CLOSE DATE 22/11/2021
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Future flight challenge phase 3: strand 1

Description

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £65 million in innovation projects. Projects must demonstrate integrated aviation systems and vehicle technologies that enable new classes of electric or autonomous air vehicles.

The aim of this competition is to fund projects that will deliver the 2024 vision of the Future Flight Challenge and position the UK as a leader in the third revolution of aviation. This competition will build on the success of the 2020 Phase 2 competition and will focus primarily on the demonstration aspects of these novel air vehicles and systems.

In Strand 1, projects must focus on the demonstration aspects of novel classes of electric or autonomous air vehicles and systems.

SOURCE Innovate UK SECTOR Aviation
VALUE Your project’s total eligible costs must be between £500,000 and £15 million. FUNDING TYPE Grant
OPEN DATE 06/09/2021
CLOSE DATE 03/11/2021
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Future flight challenge phase 3: strand 2

Description

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £65 million in innovation projects. Projects must demonstrate integrated aviation systems and vehicle technologies that enable new classes of electric or autonomous air vehicles.

The aim of this competition is to fund projects that will deliver the 2024 vision of the Future Flight Challenge and position the UK as a leader in the third revolution of aviation. This competition will build on the success of the 2020 Phase 2 competition and will focus primarily on the demonstration aspects of these novel air vehicles and systems.

In Strand 2 projects must focus on developing enabling technologies and cross-cutting systems that support the deployment of these novel air vehicles in UK airspace.

SOURCE Innovate UK SECTOR Aviation
VALUE Your project’s total eligible costs must be between £500,000 and £4 million. FUNDING TYPE Grant
OPEN DATE 06/09/2021
CLOSE DATE 03/11/2021
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Ofgem 2021: zero emission transport - Discovery

Description

The aims of this competition are to:

  • decarbonise gas and electric energy distribution and transmission networks and benefit the consumer
  • develop the technologies, infrastructure, and processes required to support and accelerate at-scale up take of zero emission transport options
  • maximise opportunities to integrate zero emission transport energy provision with the wider energy sector, for example for constraint management or maximising use of renewables
  • coordinate strategic energy networks decisions with the transport sector, to ensure delivery of an efficient energy system which also meets the needs of transport users
  • provide greater certainty on the options, costs, and timelines for energy network infrastructure availability which supports zero emission transportation

SOURCE Ofgem SECTOR Decarbonise gas and electric energy distribution and transmission networks
VALUE Discovery phase projects must last two months and have total eligible costs up to £150,000, exclusive of VAT. FUNDING TYPE Grant
OPEN DATE 31/08/2021
CLOSE DATE 17/11/2021
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Ofgem 2021: whole system integration - Discovery

Description

The aims of this competition are to:

  • decarbonise gas and electric energy distribution and transmission networks and benefit the consumer
  • improve coordination between networks and other system participants
  • reduce duplication and excessive variation of products, processes, or services
  • reduce complexity, bureaucracy, and barriers to entry
  • improve coordination of emerging innovations across networks, generators, market participants, investors, local & national policy makers, consumers, and other key stakeholders
  • understand consumers’ preferences to inform future market designs which will help to optimise across networks and infrastructure

SOURCE Ofgem SECTOR Decarbonise gas and electric energy distribution and transmission networks
VALUE Discovery phase projects must last two months and have total eligible costs up to £150,000, exclusive of VAT. FUNDING TYPE Grant
OPEN DATE 31/08/2021
CLOSE DATE 17/11/2021
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Ofgem 2021: heat - Discovery

Description

The aims of this competition are to:

  • decarbonise gas and electric energy distribution and transmission networks and benefit the consumer
  • develop innovative products, processes and services for the planning, operation and delivery of energy networks that support low carbon heating solutions
  • produce insights and findings to support decision making for low carbon heating by energy networks, industry, and government
  • demonstrate how low carbon heating can be intelligently managed during operation to improve efficiency and reduce overall energy system costs

SOURCE Ofgem SECTOR Decarbonise gas and electric energy distribution and transmission networks
VALUE Discovery phase projects must last two months and have total eligible costs up to £150,000, exclusive of VAT. FUNDING TYPE Grant
OPEN DATE 31/08/2021
CLOSE DATE 17/11/2021
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Ofgem 2021: data and digitalisation - Discovery

Description

The aims of this competition are to:

  • decarbonise gas and electric energy distribution and transmission networks and benefit the consumer
  • deliver the next generation of user driven digital products, services and processes spanning transmission and distribution plus Government, generators, suppliers, local authorities, and other organisations
  • deliver the enabling digital technologies required to accelerate progress in other challenge areas
  • improve data monitoring, availability, quality, collection, interoperability, access, and insights to third parties in order to increase consumer choices and improve the efficiency, security and resilience of networks

SOURCE Ofgem SECTOR Decarbonise gas and electric energy distribution and transmission networks
VALUE Discovery phase projects must last two months and have total eligible costs up to £150,000, exclusive of VAT. FUNDING TYPE Grant
OPEN DATE 31/08/2021
CLOSE DATE 17/11/2021
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ISCF Transforming Foundation Industries : Demonstrators EoI

Description

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £14 million from the Transforming Foundation Industries Programme to support projects that demonstrate innovation at an industrial scale.

The aim of the competition is to fund research and development projects that demonstrate future technologies, capable of addressing the resource or energy efficiency challenges of the UK’s Foundation Industries. These will be cross-sector, collaborative, demonstration projects. Your proposal must include significant industry investment.

This is stage 1 of a 2 stage competition:

  • ISCF Transforming Foundation Industries: Demonstrators Expression of interest (EoI) (this stage)
  • ISCF Transforming Foundation Industries: Demonstrators – Full stage: This will be by invitation only to applicants who are successful in the EoI stage.

SOURCE BEIS SECTOR Any
VALUE Successful applicants can claim grant funding of £15,000 at this EoI stage. FUNDING TYPE Grant
OPEN DATE 11/10/2021
CLOSE DATE 1/12/2021
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Knowledge transfer partnerships (KTP): 2021 to 2022, round 4

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 BEIS SECTOR Any
VALUE C.£75,000 FUNDING TYPE Grant
OPEN DATE 4/10/2021
CLOSE DATE 1/12/2021
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Circular economy for SMEs – innovating with the NICER programme

Description

This funding forms part of the UKRI National Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Research programme (NICER), enabling SMEs to engage with and benefit from access to expertise at five research centres via collaborative research and development (CR&D) activities.

The aim of this competition is to support feasibility studies, industrial research and experimental development that address the challenges of transitioning to a circular economy.

Your proposal must demonstrate how you will create a step-change in the adoption of circular economy approaches.

SOURCE Innovate UK SECTOR Any
VALUE £50,000 - £100,000 FUNDING TYPE Grant
OPEN DATE 11/10/2021
CLOSE DATE 8/12/2021
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Scottish Industrial Energy Transformation Fund (SIETF)

Description

In Spring 2020, Scottish Ministers opted to deliver a separate IETF in Scotland over a similar timeframe. In September 2020, the Programme for Government announced that £34 million would be made available for capital projects over the next 5 years, an additional £8 million to the anticipated budget transfer from UK Government.

Open invitations
The 2nd call for projects of the Scottish Industrial Energy Transformation Fund 2021 has two competitions:

  • energy efficiency and deep decarbonisation deployment projects
  • feasibility and front-end engineering design (FEED) studies

SOURCE Scottish Government SECTOR Energy Efficiency
VALUE For fundings values see: www.gov.scot/publications FUNDING TYPE Grant
OPEN DATE 1/10/2021
CLOSE DATE 17/12/2021
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Scottish Industrial Energy Transformation Fund - 2nd call

Description

SIETF is technology neutral to allow applicants to propose the most suitable technology for their site and industrial process. Applications should demonstrate why the chosen technology solution is appropriate, the savings it will achieve, and check that it meets the standards and eligibility criteria specified in this guidance. Industrial businesses seeking grants, and in particular those applying for over £500k, should place their projects in context of a commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at a level consistent with Scotland’s 2045 net zero target.

SOURCE Scottish Government SECTOR Industry
VALUE £20,000 - £2,000,000 FUNDING TYPE Grant
OPEN DATE 1/10/2021
CLOSE DATE 17/12/2021
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Innovate UK Smart Grants: October 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.

SOURCE Innovate UK SECTOR Any
VALUE £100,000 to £2m FUNDING TYPE Grant
OPEN DATE 7/10/2021
CLOSE DATE 5/01/2022
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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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