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SUSTAINABLE INNOVATION

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

 

 

With the recent publication of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report on the impacts of global warming on health, livelihoods, food security, water supply, human security and economic growth, the pressing need to act to create real solutions has never been so clear.

Current UK Government policy supports the objectives of the COP26 UN Climate change conference beginning on the 31 October, and its sustainability policy commitments are predicted to increase. As such a number of new sustainability-related funding opportunities are likely to arise in the coming months.

Anticipating the announcement of these opportunities, we are inviting companies developing innovative sustainable technologies, researchers (from the universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter, Southampton, and Surrey) and consortia (comprised of companies & researchers) to apply for support to develop R&D proposals for funding calls.

In order to support you to submit the most compelling bid possible with the best chance of success, we can provide the following:

  • if you are a business and don’t already have an academic partner, we can help identify the missing expertise to deliver a successful project by linking you with considerable research expertise of our Partner Universities to form a partnership to collaborate on the bid
  • a wealth of expertise and experience of crafting bids for major funding calls – we can review your bid, identify gaps and make suggestions for improvements – essentially acting as a ‘critical friend’
  • professional bid consultant’s time can be allocated to improve the bid.

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.

SETsquared Scale-Up University Expertise Connected to the Sustainable Innovation Sector

Supported funding calls

Future flight challenge phase 3: strand 1

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £65 million in innovation projects. The aim of this competition is to fund projects that will deliver the 2024 vision of the Future Flight Challenge and position the UK as a leader in the third revolution of aviation. The competition is looking to fund ambitious projects that will successfully integrate the technical, regulatory and social challenges necessary to prove these new modes of transport.

Projects must also align with key Government policies on Net Zero Transport. The Future Flight Challenge is based around 3 classes of aircraft: Drones or unmanned aircraft systems (UAS); Advanced Air Mobility (AAM); and Sub-regional electric or hybrid passenger aircraft.

In Strand 1, projects must focus on the demonstration aspects of novel classes of electric or autonomous air vehicles and systems. Projects must focus on demonstrating the operation of aircraft in a representative environment whilst meeting a viable and challenging use case. Use cases should be real-world applications which drive integration of the different aviation system elements for each of the three Future Flight vehicle classes.

Projects must have total eligible costs between £500,000 and £15 million, start by 1 April 2022 and end by 31 March 2024, last between 12 and 24 months, be carried out in the UK, and intend to exploit the results from or in the UK.

Applications for funding close at 11:00 on 3 November 2021 so please submit your application for support below.

Future flight challenge phase 3: strand 2

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £65 million in innovation projects. The aim of this competition is to fund projects that will deliver the 2024 vision of the Future Flight Challenge and position the UK as a leader in the third revolution of aviation. The competition is looking to fund ambitious projects that will successfully integrate the technical, regulatory and social challenges necessary to prove these new modes of transport.

Projects must also align with key Government policies on Net Zero Transport. The Future Flight Challenge is based around 3 classes of aircraft: Drones or unmanned aircraft systems (UAS); Advanced Air Mobility (AAM); and Sub-regional electric or hybrid passenger aircraft.

In Strand 2, projects must focus on the enabling and cross-cutting technologies essential to support the safe and effective operation of these new vehicle types. Projects must clearly demonstrate how the enabling technologies combine to support an overall aviation “system of systems”. Where appropriate, the participation of end users or operators in the project would be advantageous. Projects must demonstrate the operation of vehicles in a representative environment whilst meeting a viable and challenging use case.

Projects must have total eligible costs between £500,000 and £4 million, start by 1 April 2022 and end by 31 March 2024, last between 12 and 24 months, be carried out in the UK, and intend to exploit the results from or in the UK.

Applications for funding close at 11:00 on 3 November 2021 so please submit your application for support below.

Circular economy for SMEs – innovating with the NICER programme

As part of the UKRI National Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Research Programme (NICER), Innovate UK is investing up to £1 million in projects that support transition to a circular economy.

The funding enables SMEs to engage with and benefit from expertise at five research centres to undertake collaborative research and development (CR&D) activities.

The aim of this competition is to support feasibility studies, industrial research and experimental development projects that address the challenges of transitioning to a circular economy.

The funding is open to SME project leads, for project’s where the total eligible costs are between £50,000 and £100,000. This is a competitive process and applicants must demonstrate how they will create a step-change in the adoption of their approaches.

Applications for funding close at 11.00am on Wednesday 8 December 2021. Click here for more information on the competition and how to apply: https://apply-for-innovation-funding.service.gov.uk/competition/1021/overview#summary

Farming Innovation Programme

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) have launched a three initiatives under its Farming Innovation Programme, that are designed to support and encourage collaboration, R&D and knowledge exchange in the agricultural and horticultural sectors.

Feasibility Projects: £5.5m

The aim of this competition is to fund feasibility studies investigating new solutions that will address major on-farm or immediate post farmgate challenges or opportunities.

Small R&D Partnerships Projects: £11m

The aim of this competition is to fund industrial research studies developing new solutions that will address major on-farm or immediate post farmgate challenges or opportunities.

Research Starter Pilot: £1m

The competition aims to provide an entry point​ for farmers, growers or foresters that have bold, ambitious, early-stage ideas solving major problems that impact their business. This may help them exploit new significant opportunities for their business or industry sub-sector.​

The above open for applications on 20 October and close at the end of November/beginning December – so please get your Expression of Interest in for support as soon as possible.

Industrial Fuel Switching Competition 

£55 million is being made available to support the development of enabling technologies for the industrial sector that will support transition of industry from high to lower carbon fuels. The competition will be delivered in two strands and is aimed at technologies at Technology Readiness (TRL) Level 4 to 7 at the start of the project:

Phase 1 – Feasibility
£50,000 to £300,000 available per project to undertake feasibility studies into fuel switching and enabling solutions.

Phase 2 – Demonstration
£1 million to £6 million available per project to demonstrate fuel switching and enabling solutions.

The funding will be awarded through the government’s Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) and is divided into three lots.

Those wishing to apply for Phase 1 – Feasibility are required to submit a completed registration form by 2pm, 22 November 2021, and an application form by 2pm, 29th November 2021. Strand 2 will open in late 2022.

For more information about this SBRI competition and to apply for Phase 1, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/industrial-fuel-switching-competition

Sustainable Innovation Expression of Interest

If you wish to apply for funding and support for the R&D opportunities shown above complete the form below. Read a guide on how to make a good application   

 

To access these services you will need to join the Scale-Up Programme, please visit our members benefits page to see the support available.

Sustainable Innovation Expression of Interest

    You can choose multiple options.
  • If known
  • We suggest that your summary should cover the market opportunity for the proposed project, your/your collaborators’ approach, what outcomes you anticipate, and project finance. But remember to keep it short & succinct. The purpose of the project summary is to help SETsquared evaluate the project for funding support to further develop the project – it’s unlikely that a project would have the full answers to all of these questions at this stage. (please see project summary guidance) If your project is not fully-formed at the moment, we welcome expressions of interest for future campaigns, just indicate this on the form.

Membership of the Scale Up programme is open to any company pending internal review of the expression of interest raised by the company and incurs a one off charge of £150 inc. VAT. Full Membership will be offered to companies who are already part of our network and wish to 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 2020/21 the Membership Fee is £1,600 inc. VAT or for any eligible company, it can be waived under the Article 3.2(4) exemption of the Subsidy Control chapter of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement ("TCA"), and which requires eligible companies to complete a Statement of Previous Aid declaration.

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