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SUSTAINABLE INNOVATION

Multiple funding & business support opportunities for SMEs
& academics in the area of sustainable innovation

 

 

We provide support to companies and researchers to help you submit compelling collaborative R&D bids to major funding calls which have the best chance of success. So far, through our Scale-Up Programme we’ve supported over 80 bids, over a third of which have been successfully awarded.

Worth up to £15k, the funded support can include commissioning a professional bid writer, project management, conference attendance and travel – as needed to prepare the most compelling bid possible.  For companies, we can also help link you to the considerable research expertise of  the universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey and provide opportunities to join consortia.

We’ve identified some key Government funding calls, listed below, for which we can provide support. So if you are considering a bid to any of these funding calls now is the time to apply for this support to boost your chances of success.

Our Scale-Up Programme provides a broad range of support to innovative, growing SMEs, if you’re not looking for support to bid for R&D funding, check out our main Scale-Up landing page to find out more.

Supported funding calls

Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition – Strand 1

The Department for Transport will work with Innovate UK to invest up to £20m for innovative clean maritime and smart shipping projects. Up to £10m is available through this competition to support feasibility projects for the design and development of technologies for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by the UK’s maritime sector as set out in the Clean Maritime Plan and support the transition to Net Zero by 2050.

In this competition, solutions are sought for all sizes and categories of maritime vessels. Solutions can be suitable for one target size or multiple sizes of vessels. All ports and harbours are in scope, including infrastructure for both freight and leisure. Projects from around the UK to support boosting jobs and economic growth are encouraged, including: ports, vessel operators, vessel manufacturers, and their relevant supply chain.

Projects must have total eligible costs between £25,000 and £1,000,000, end by 31 March 2022, last up to 7 months, and start by 1 September 2021.

Applications for funding close at 11am on 2 June 2021 so please submit your application for support below.

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Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition – Strand 2

The Department for Transport will work with Innovate UK to invest up to £20m for innovative clean maritime and smart shipping projects. Up to £10m is available through this competition to support industrial research projects and experimental development projects for the design and development of technologies for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by the UK’s maritime sector as set out in the Clean Maritime Plan and support the transition to Net Zero by 2050.

In this competition, solutions are sought for all sizes and categories of maritime vessels. Solutions can be suitable for one target size or multiple sizes of vessels. All ports and harbours are in scope, including infrastructure for both freight and leisure. Projects from around the UK to support boosting jobs and economic growth are encouraged, including: ports, vessel operators, vessel manufacturers, and their relevant supply chain. Applications can include the purchase of relevant capital equipment as an eligible project cost where this is necessary as part of a proposal and to deliver project objectives.

Projects must have total eligible costs between £100,000 and £4,000,000, end by 31 March 2022, last up to 7 months, and start by 1 September 2021.

Applications for funding close at 11am on 2 June 2021 so please submit your application for support below.

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IETF energy efficiency and decarbonisation studies, Spring 2021

This competition aims to support feasibility and engineering studies necessary to enable an investment decision in energy efficiency and deep decarbonisation solutions. Projects 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. The end-beneficiary of the study must be a single manufacturing site or data centre in England, Wales or Northern Ireland. Applicants can include multiple projects but all projects must be located at the same eligible site and all individual elements must be eligible. If submitting multiple studies, the application will be assessed as a single submission.

The total eligible project costs for a feasibility study must be at least £30,000. The maximum grant that can be awarded for a feasibility study is £7 million. The total eligible project costs for an engineering study application must be at least £50,000. The maximum grant that can be awarded for an engineering study is £14 million

Applications for funding close on 14 July 2021 so please submit your application for support below.

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IETF deployment of energy efficiency technologies, Spring 2021

This competition aims to support the commercial roll out and permanent installation of technologies at industrial sites. Eligible technologies must have been proven to work through successful operations or be qualified through test and demonstration. This corresponds to Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs) of 8, 9 and above. Projects 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. Applicants can include multiple projects but all projects must be located at the same eligible site and all individual elements must be eligible. If submitting multiple studies, the application will be assessed as a single submission.

The minimum grant support available per project is £100,000. The maximum grant funding that an individual project can claim is £14 million. The IETF will only award grant funding to cover the eligible costs of deploying technologies where it can be demonstrated that these costs are additional and necessary to achieving the energy efficiency saving.

Applications for funding close on 14 July 2021 so please submit your application for support below.

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SBRI Zero emission road freight, supporting uptake of battery electric trucks

This is a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition funded by the Department for Transport and delivered by Innovate UK. It forms part of a £20 million managed programme supporting the transition to zero emission trucks in the UK. The aim of the competition is to develop an interactive solution to de-risk, aid and encourage fleet operators to convert to battery electric vehicles. The solution will be used by public and private fleet operators to understand the strengths, weaknesses, and deployment options around commercially available zero emission trucks. The solution will also identify the needs and challenges around critical supporting infrastructure, vehicle charging and fleet management. This is phase 1 of a potential 2-phase competition.

Proposals must demonstrate a credible and practical route to market and include a plan to commercialise the results and demonstrate how it will be of value to the public sector. Projects must create a solution which helps users to understand the strengths and weaknesses of deploying commercially available battery electric zero emission trucks.

Projects can range in size up to total costs of £10 million, inclusive of VAT, must start by 1 July 2021, and must end by 31 March 2022.

Applications for funding close at 11am on 20 May 2021 so please submit your application for support below.

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Application form

If you wish to apply for funding and support for the R&D opportunities shown above complete the form below to join the Scale Up Programme as an associate – which is free and without commitment. Read a guide on how to make a good application

 

Alternatively, if you are unsure which opportunity is for you still complete the form below and we will get in touch to discuss your proposal and check it’s in scope for the support programme.

Associate membership of the Scale Up programme is open to any company who meets the criteria and is free of charge. Full Membership will be offered to companies who access the CR&D proposal development support or investment raising support services. Full membership is subject to payment by the member company of a one-off fee and Membership is valid for one year. For the year 2019/20 the Membership Fee is £1,600 ex VAT. Any eligible company can waive the fee under the De Minimis State aid regulation (Commission Regulation (EU) NO 1470/2013) (DMR) providing they have not received in excess of 200,000EUR of aid within a 3 year period . This requires eligible companies to complete a Statement of Previous Aid declaration

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