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.

See our Covid-19 funding round-up for all Covid-related funding calls.

 

Innovate UK Smart Grants: August 2020

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. Apply by 25th November. Find out more here.

 

The Sustainable Innovation Fund: round 3 (temporary framework)

Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, is investing up to £10 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 micro, small or medium-sized enterprise (SME). Proposals can either be from a single business or a collaboration. Under the COVID-19 Temporary Framework your organisation could get up to 80% funding for your eligible project costs, up to a maximum of £175,000 per organisation, regardless of size.

Find out more and apply. Closes 30th September 2020.

 

Women in Innovation Awards 2020/21

Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, is offering 10 Women in Innovation Awards to female entrepreneurs across the UK. The winners will receive a £50,000 grant and a bespoke package of mentoring, coaching and business support. Registration closes 14th October 2020. More info here.

 

Innovation continuity loans: Strand 2: September 2020 follow-on competition

Innovate UK can provide additional COVID-19 innovation continuity loans for the continuation of planned or existing innovation activity. Loans of between £250,000 and £1.6 million are available. Apply by 30th September 2020. More details here.


IETF deployment of energy efficiency technologies in industry

In this strand, industrial businesses of any size can apply, either on their own or in collaboration with other organisations. The lead applicant must operate at an eligible site in England, Wales or Northern Ireland at which the project is carried out.

Your project must:

  • start by 1 April 2022
  • end by 31 March 2024
  • have a minimum total grant funding of £250,000

At the end of your project, you must have installed and begun to operate (or be ready to operate) the energy efficiency technology.

This competition is aimed at specific types of business. These are determined by a code allocated at the time of registering at Companies House, called a standard industrial classification (SIC) code.
You will need to check your business SIC code to make sure you are eligible. For this competition your business must be one of these:

  • manufacturing 10 to 33
  • data centres 63110

Your project must focus on the deployment of technology that has been proven to work through successful operations and/or is qualified through test and demonstration. The technology must improve the energy efficiency of an industrial process or processes. Your project must only be possible because of this funding.

Example technologies include:

  • improved process control
  • more efficient heat exchange
  • more efficient drying
  • energy recovery from waste heat
  • energy recovery from waste pressure
  • resource process optimisation

Online briefing events were held on 14th and 20th July: you can view the briefings below. Both covered the same subjects but for different audiences, so if your question isn’t answered in one briefing, check the other.

14th July

20th July

Closing date is 28th October 2020. For more information and how to apply, click here.


IETF deployment of energy efficiency technologies in industry

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. Industrial businesses of any size can apply, either on their own or in collaboration with other organisations. The lead applicant must operate at an eligible site in England, Wales or Northern Ireland at which the study is carried out.

Your project must:

  • have total eligible project costs of at least £60,000 and last up to 12 months if it is a feasibility study
  • have total eligible project costs of at least £100,000 and last up to 24 months if it is an experimental development
  • start by 1 October 2021
  • end by 30 September 2023

This competition is aimed at specific types of business. These are determined by a code allocated at the time of registering at Companies House, called a standard industrial classification (SIC) code.
You will need to check your business SIC code to make sure you are eligible. For this competition your business must be one of these:

  • manufacturing 10 to 33
  • data centres 63110

Both feasibility studies and engineering studies must focus on one of the following.

Energy efficiency

Energy efficiency projects must support technologies that improve the energy efficiency of an industrial process or processes.

Deep decarbonisation

Deep decarbonisation projects must result in a significant reduction in the greenhouse gas emissions of an industrial process and may not necessarily have an energy efficiency benefit.

Online briefing events were held on 14th and 20th July: you can view the briefings below. Both covered the same subjects but for different audiences, so if your question isn’t answered in one briefing, check the other.

14th July

20th July

Closing date is 28th October 2020. For more information and how to apply, click here.

 

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Current KTP period opened on 16th July and closes on 7th October 2020 (after this the next round will be available immediately, so don’t rush your application unnecessarily).

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 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.

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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 have the same funding deadlines as KTPs – click here for full details.

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