Innovate UK Smart Grants: April 2022

UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £25 million for game-changing, commercially viable R&D innovation that can significantly impact the UK economy. It must be an innovative, disruptive, ambitious, world-class solution, with no similar technology commercially available anywhere in the world.

Opens: 25/04/2022 Closes: 27/07/2022

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

Strand 2 of the Net Zero Hydrogen Fund will provide capital expenditure (CAPEX) support for new low carbon hydrogen production facilities to begin deployment in the early 2020s. This is to ensure the UK has a diverse and secure decarbonised energy system fit for meeting our ambition of 10GW low carbon hydrogen production by 2030, and commitment to reach net zero by 2050.

Opens: 25/04/2022 Closes: 06/07/2022

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

Strand 1 of the Net Zero Hydrogen Fund will provide development expenditure (DEVEX) support for front end engineering design (FEED) and post-FEED studies for new low carbon hydrogen production facilities. This will support the commercial deployment of new low carbon hydrogen production projects during the 2020s.

Opens: 25/04/2022 Closes: 22/06/2022

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SBRI: FOAK 2022 Rail Freight

This competition aims to support innovative products to enter the rail market. In this strand, DFT are looking for innovations focused on rail freight.

Opens: 20/04/2022 Closes: 08/06/2022

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SBRI: FOAK 2022 cost efficiency and performance priorities for a reliable railway

This competition aims to support innovative products to enter the rail market. In this strand, you must address industry cost efficiency and network performance priorities to support a reliable railway for customers.

Opens: 20/04/2022 Closes: 08/06/2022

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SBRI: FOAK 2022 Low emissions and a greener railway

This competition aims to support innovative products to enter the rail market. In this strand, you must address reduced carbon emissions and the impact of the railway on the environment, by either improving train batteries, introducing hydrogen trains, or reducing harmful emissions from diesel trains.

Opens: 20/04/2022 Closes: 08/06/2022

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Design Ecosystem Fellowships

The Design Ecosystem Fellowships are Future Observatory-funded awards for up to six researchers to map transformative design ecosystems in the UK. The aim of the scheme is to highlight the strengths and weaknesses of production systems that support environmental sustainability, circular economies and waste reduction – a process that is key to achieving UK and global net zero targets.

Opens: 17/02/2022 Closes: 30/04/2022

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Innovation Loans Future Economy Competition – Round 2

UK registered businesses can apply for loans for innovative projects with strong commercial potential to significantly improve the UK economy.

Opens: 14/04/2022 Closes: 11/05/2022

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GovStart: a free six month programme to help technology startups transform the public sector

GovStart is a free six month programme to help technology startups transform the public sector. PUBLIC run two GovStart programmes – one in the UK and one in Germany – aimed at startups at different stages and in various sectors, working with products that have powerful public sector applications.

Opens: 06/04/2022 Closes: 01/05/2022

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iX Challenge: Sustainable Transport & Energy system related technologies and innovative approaches for enabling a region to reach net zero ahead of 2050

The Innovation Exchange programme is working alongside Electric Corby Community Interest Company, on a Community Renewal Funded approach for North Northamptonshire Council, to develop a roadmap options programme, on how to get the region to net zero. This challenge is specifically looking for transport and energy-related ideas.

Opens: 07/04/2022 Closes: 13/05/2022

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