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New UK Government funding opportunities

A number of new green innovation funding opportunities have been announced. They especially relate to companies that have been impacted by Covid-19 and whose products or services support the low carbon economy.

See here for all opportunities: https://apply-for-innovation-funding.service.gov.uk/competition/search

A selection of opportunities for low carbon innovators are presented in order of the nearest deadline:


Catalysing Green Innovation: strand 2: Securing the future of ZEV

Link: https://apply-for-innovation-funding.service.gov.uk/competition/652/overview

Description:

Due to the disruption caused by COVID-19 to UK industry, Driving Electric Revolution, part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund and the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) are collaborating to invest up to £15 million in innovation projects that will support the UK’s continued push towards net zero.

In this strand, OLEV is working with Innovate UK to invest up to £10 million in innovative feasibility studies and R&D projects. These are 6-month rapid-delivery projects to develop on-vehicle and charging technologies that will secure the future of the zero emission vehicles (ZEV) industry in the UK.

Value:

Total eligible project costs must be between £100,000 and £500,000.

Deadline:

11am, 29 July 2020


The Sustainable Innovation Fund: round 1 (temporary framework)

Link: https://apply-for-innovation-funding.service.gov.uk/competition/651/overview#summary

Description:

Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, is investing up to £55 million to fund single and collaborative research and development projects as part of the Sustainable Innovation Fund. The aim of this competition is to help all sectors of the UK rebuild after the effects of COVID-19.

All projects must be led by a business and include at least one SME. Proposals can either be from a single business or a collaboration.

This competition is round 1 of a potential 3.

  • Round 1 – Temporary framework (this competition)
  • Round 2 – De Minimis (opening July 2020)
  • Round 3 – Temporary Framework (opening September 2020)

Value:

Total eligible costs must be between £100,000 and £500,000. Each organisation working alone or in a collaboration can claim a maximum of £175,000.

Deadline:

11am, 29 July 2020


The Sustainable Innovation Fund: SBRI phase 1

Link: https://apply-for-innovation-funding.service.gov.uk/competition/654/overview#summary

Description:

Innovate UK will fund organisations to develop and demonstrate new products or services. Your solution must help businesses and/or the public sector in the UK recover from the coronavirus (COVID 19) pandemic in a sustainable manner, demonstrating the impact and potential of a clean growth led recovery and transition to net zero.

The overall programme will be delivered in 2 phases. This is phase 1 and will focus on exploring the feasibility of proposals. Phase 2 will concentrate on continued research, development and testing.

This is a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition. SBRI programmes fund organisations to conduct challenge-based research and development (R&D) to develop products or services that address a specific unmet public sector need.

Value:

Up to total costs of £60,000, including VAT.

Deadline:

11am, 5 August 2020


Energy Catalyst round 8: clean energy access

Link: https://apply-for-innovation-funding.service.gov.uk/competition/612/overview

Description:

The aim of this competition is to support highly innovative, market-focused energy solutions in any technology or sector.

Your project must encourage the development of products and services that help countries in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, South East Asia or multiple regions access secure, low cost and low carbon energy. They must be targeted at people, public services and local enterprises who are unable to afford or access existing solutions, or who lack the time or expertise to successfully use those solutions.

Your proposal must also address all 3 elements of the energy ‘trilemma’:

  • cost
  • emissions
  • security of supply and energy access

Value:

£50,000 – £5 Million (depending on stage)

Deadline:

11am, 16 September 2020


IETF deployment of energy efficiency technologies in industry

Link: https://apply-for-innovation-funding.service.gov.uk/competition/608/overview

Description:

This Industrial Energy Transformation Fund (IETF) competition is offering up to £30 million, split across 2 strands, to fund feasibility, engineering studies and deployment. In this strand projects must deploy technologies to improve the energy efficiency of industrial processes.

Value:

MINIMUM grant size of £250,000

Deadline:

11:00am, 28 October 2020


IETF industrial energy efficiency and decarbonisation studies

Link: https://apply-for-innovation-funding.service.gov.uk/competition/607/overview

Description:

This Industrial Energy Transformation Fund (IETF) competition is offering up to £30 million, split across 2 strands, to fund feasibility, engineering studies and deployment.

In this strand projects must undertake a feasibility or an engineering study (experimental development) to develop either an energy efficiency or a deep decarbonisation project that enables possible subsequent deployment.

Value:

Total eligible project costs for experimental development (engineering studies) must be at least £100,000. For feasibility studies they must be at least £60,000.

Deadline:

11:00am, 28 October 2020


UK Partnerships for Accelerating Climate Transitions (UK PACT) Green Recovery Challenge Fund

Link: https://www.ukpact.co.uk/green-recovery-challenge-fund

Description:

The UK PACT Green Recovery Challenge Fund will disburse £12 million over two years on projects that will help countries accelerate their low-carbon transition. It will focus on projects that maximise emissions reductions in ODA-eligible countries across Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Asia. In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, there will be a focus to support projects that promote a greener, fairer, and more resilient future.

Value:

Up to £500,000 over the course of a 12-month implementation period.

Deadline:

Unknown – programme launching in August 2020