Innovate UK have recently launched a new competition: “Integrated supply chains for energy systems”. Up to £9.5m of funding is available for innovations that will address the need for a diverse mix of energy sources and systems over the next three decades and beyond.
Projects should focus on both the demand and supply side across the energy networks of electricity, heat and combustible gases.
This is a two-stage competition with a first stage of feasibility studies. Up to three projects will then be chosen for follow-on collaborative research and development (R&D) following a collaboration workshop on conclusion of the feasibility stage. At each stage, projects must be led by a business.
Up to £500,000 of the total funding will be available for the smaller-scale feasibility studies. These can be single-company or collaborative. Small businesses could receive up to 70% of their eligible project costs, medium-sized businesses 60% and large businesses 50%.
We expect total eligible costs for feasibility studies projects to be no more than £40,000. Feasibility studies are expected to last up to three months.
We plan to commit up to £9 million for the collaborative R&D projects in the second stage. Each consortium must involve at least one SME. For these industrial research projects, a business partner can attract 50% public funding for their project costs (60% for SMEs).
The first stage of this competition (feasibility studies) opens on 5 January 2015. The deadline for registration is at noon on 11 February 2015. The second stage (collaborative R&D) is by invitation and is expected to open on 7 September 2015.
For further details on this competition as well as information on how to register please visit the interact website.