This is a roundup of relevant funding calls for the energy sector. The details of open funding calls are below, along with links to the relevant information pages. Last updated 26th April 2021.

Our funding pages have been updated: click here for a list of funding opportunities in energy and sustainability.


Driving the Electric Revolution: Supply Chains for Net Zero

UK registered businesses of any size can apply for a share of up to £22 million for research to facilitate the UK’s niche and volume supply chain and manufacturing capability growth in power electronics, machines and drives (PEMD). Registration closes 30th June 2021. Read more.


Innovation Exchange calls

There are several open calls relevant to Energy at KTN’s Innovation Exchange, all offering the opportunity to work with a large organisation on the commercial implementation of your solution. These include “Mobile services of Zero Emission Berth power provision in the tidal Thames” (Port of London Authority). Click here for details.


IETF energy efficiency and decarbonisation, Spring 2021

Organisations can apply for a share of up to £40 million to carry out feasibility and engineering studies into energy efficiency and decarbonisation technologies for industrial processes, and to improve the energy efficiency of industrial processes, reducing energy bills and cutting carbon emissions.

You must be an industrial business of any size to apply. You can apply on your own or in collaboration with other organisations. Your project must take place at a manufacturing site or data centre in England, Wales or Northern Ireland and be led by the operator of that site.

Two strands are available, both closing on 14th July 2021:

  • energy efficiency and decarbonisation feasibility and engineering studies: £30k-£14m grant per project – click here for details
  • deployment of energy efficiency technologies: £100k-£14m grant per project – click here for details


Innovate UK Smart Grants: Jan 2021

Opportunity for UK registered organisations to apply for a share of up to £25 million from Innovate UK to deliver disruptive R&D innovations that can significantly impact the UK economy. Project costs £25k-£2m. Apply by 26th May 2021.

Click here for full details.


Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

A Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) links your organisation with one of the UK’s world-class knowledge bases (a university or research organisation) to power strategic innovation projects, embed expertise and drive commercial growth. needed to develop it, a Knowledge Transfer Partnership may be the answer. It creates a dynamic three-way collaboration ‚Äì between a business or not for profit organisation, a UK university or research organisation, and a suitably qualified graduate – to help realise a strategic innovation project, bring about transformative change and embed new capability.

Applications are open all year round, with the next deadline on 30th June 2021.

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Management Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Just like our highly effective KTP programme, Management KTPs (MKTPs) create a dynamic 3-way partnership between your company, a team of academic experts and a skilled graduate. The focus of a MKTP is specifically on increasing effectiveness and improving results through better management practices.

These are now applied for in the same way as KTPs, with the funding for mKTPs being drawn from a dedicated pool.

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