The Department for Transport will work with Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, to invest £12 million in innovative feasibility studies and pre-deployment projects.
This competition is part of a suite of interventions to be launched by the UK Shipping Office for Reducing Emissions (UK SHORE). UK SHORE aims to transform the UK into a global leader in the design and manufacturing of clean maritime technology.
Strand 1 of the competition is funding detailed feasibility studies and plans for innovative technology demonstrations of scalable clean maritime solutions.
Your project must undertake a technical and economic feasibility study associated with the development and real world demonstration of one or more of the specific themes.
You must plan for the real world demonstration being developed in your project to be operational by March 2025.
Your projects must:
- underpin a future demonstration by delivering a meaningful technology, route to market, or supply chain innovation
- achieve market potential through a clear strategy for commercialising the technology and the products, demonstrating the potential for significant value to the UK.
- deliver emissions reduction by demonstrating a significant greenhouse gas reduction.
- bring together a team with the necessary expertise and experience to successfully deliver the project according to its objectives, for example by including a representative end user such as vessel operators, ports or harbour authorities.
Technologies for all sizes and categories of maritime vessel, including pleasure and commercial vessels, are in scope. Solutions can be suitable for one target size of vessel or multiple.
Where a project intends to utilise a vessel, the vessel should be a United Kingdom Ship, as defined in 85(2) of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995, or you must provide justification for use of a non-United Kingdom Ship in your application.
All ports and harbours are in scope, including infrastructure for both freight, pleasure and commercial vessels.
Once your feasibility study is completed, you are expected to be capable of progressing to the point that you are investment and construction ready.
You must clearly demonstrate how you will anchor intellectual property (IP) generated by the project in the UK and how it will be exploited for the benefit of the UK supply chain in the future.
Innovate UK strongly encourage projects from around the UK to support boosting jobs and economic growth, including from ports, vessel operators, vessel manufacturers and their supply chain. We welcome projects from areas with existing clean maritime expertise or co-located in clusters of renewable energy production and usage including hydrogen.
At the end of your feasibility study, you must:
- produce a clear, detailed and costed plan for how your technology will be demonstrated in an operational setting in or between ports or on vessels, including your technical approach, objectives and business case
- detail your plan for compliance with regulation and how you will work with relevant regulatory bodies for novel technologies
- quantify the potential reduction of lifecycle emissions and positive economic impacts in the future
- detail the barriers to adoption that the future demonstration will overcome and the innovation that will be delivered
- detail the resources needed to carry out your real world demonstration, including funding requirements, timescales for delivery, planning permissions, implications of current and future regulation, an assessment of new partners needed and information required for a clear business case and decision on deploying a large demonstration project
- outline expected commercial applications and exploitation, and potential market segments
- share your final feasibility study reports with DfT, Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) and Innovate UK
- produce a clear plan for disseminating the results of your demonstration project and knowledge sharing
Green shipping corridors
If your proposal focusses on a green shipping corridor, you must assess and develop a clear implementation plan for the real-world establishment of the corridor. To qualify as a corridor, plan for at least one zero-emission vessel to be transiting the route.
Your green corridor proposal must also:
- estimate the annual additional costs of delivering the corridor, taking into account the different market participants, for example, ship owners, ports, fuel suppliers, with a clear plan for how costs would be met, covering both private and public sources of funding
- estimate the direct and indirect environmental impacts from delivering the corridors, including impacts on greenhouse gas and air pollutant emissions,
- estimate the scope for scaling up the number of zero-emission vessels and corresponding landside infrastructure, replicating the corridor elsewhere, and potential additional benefits to other routes and the wider fleet
- investigate potential scalable zero emission energy source options for the corridor, estimate the quantity of energy required each year, with a clear plan for how this would be produced, imported, distributed, stored and bunkered, and the conditions to mobilise and meet demand
- consider the design of the zero-emission vessels that would be used on the corridor, for example, newbuild or retrofit vessels, with a clear plan for how these vessels would be delivered
- determine how the fuel will be safely and effectively supplied and bunkered, and stored on board vessels
- include a clear plan for how the corridor would comply with all relevant regulations, for example safety regulations
- draft a ‘route map’, following the model elaborated in the Getting to Zero Coalition’s ‘The Next Wave’ report, and project plan for delivery of the corridor.
- develop a clear plan for disseminating learnings and data from the corridor across the industry
Your project can focus on one or more of the following technology themes:
Prioritised technology themes:
- pilot fuel free hydrogen internal combustion engine technologies for maritime applications.
- whole-ship energy efficiency design and integration
- safe on-board storage of hydrogen and ammonia
- larger (2.5 Mega Watt plus) marinised fuel cell systems
- small craft alternative for fuel bunkering and charging
- green shipping corridors both domestically and between the UK and other states including short and deep sea routes
Vessel low and zero emission technologies:
- vessel propulsion and auxiliary engines, for example, battery, fuel cell, and internal combustion engines using low or zero carbon alternative fuels such as hydrogen, methanol or ammonia, and including hybrids and engines capable of using multiple fuels including zero emission options.
- wind propulsion, including soft-sail, fixed-sail, rotor, kite and turbine technologies, targeting a range of ship types from small vessels to large cargo carriers, both as primary and auxiliary propulsion.
- low carbon energy storage and management
- physical connections to shoreside power or alternative fuels, including fuelling lines
- enabling technologies such as motors, drives, sensors, and power electronics
Port and shoreside, including offshore solutions:
- shoreside low and zero carbon fuelling including bunkering of such fuels
- charging infrastructure and management
- low and zero emission shoreside power solutions, such as enabling docked vessels to turn off their conventional power supply for ancillary systems
- physical connections to shoreside power or alternative fuels, including fuelling lines
- shoreside renewable energy generation at the port to supply vessels
- zero emission shoreside power supply for vessels, including grid or renewable energy supply
- low carbon fuel production, such as hydrogen, methanol, ammonia
- zero emission infrastructure, including stationary assets for freight handling and port operations
Your project must:
- have total costs between £100,000 and £1 million
- end by 31 August 2023
- carry out all of its project work in the UK
- carry out the majority of the work in the UK for green corridor projects
- intend to exploit the results from or in the UK
Your project can start by 1 January 2023.
You must only include eligible project costs in your application.
Under current restrictions, this competition will not fund any procurement, commercial, business development or supply chain activity with any Russian entity as lead, partner or subcontractor. This includes any goods or services originating from a Russian source.
To lead a project your organisation must:
- be a UK registered business of any size
- collaborate with other UK registered organisations
To collaborate with the lead organisation, your partner organisation must be one of the following::
- business of any size
- academic institution
- not for profit
- public sector organisation
- research and technology organisation (RTO)
The lead and at least one other organisation must claim funding by entering their costs during the application.
Subcontractors are allowed in this competition.
There is no limit on how many applications an organisation can submit in this competition, either as a lead or a partner.
You can use a previously submitted application to apply for this competition.
Innovate UK are not funding projects that:
- are for green corridors which deliver ferry routes across or between England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, these will be funded as part of different UK SHORE schemes
- focus only on increasing the efficiency of current conventional fossil fuels and fossil fuel powertrains for maritime vessels
- involve aqua culture
- focus on marine conservation and ecology, such as mapping the sea floor etc
- focus on autonomy and smart shipping
- focus on on-vessel power generation and fuel production to reduce green house gases (GHG’s), for example, solar panels, synthetic fuel production
- are for Capital investment only
- are investigating the feasibility of financial products, including green finance, except as part of projects for feasibility studies on international green corridors
- focus on biofuels, except for projects strictly focused on inland waterway vessels and Non-Road Mobile Machinery (NRMM), which includes port-side machinery
- focus on nuclear propulsion
- are dependent on domestic inputs usage, for example giving a subsidy to a vessel manufacturer on the condition that it uses 50% UK sourced components in their product
- are dependent on export performance, for example giving a subsidy to a vessel manufacturer on the condition that it exports a certain quantity of vessels to another country
Innovate UK have allocated funding from the £12 million budget for innovation projects in this strand 1 of the competition.
Innovate UK and the Department for Transport (DfT) reserves the right to move funding between the two strands of this competition.
DfT and Innovate UK reserves the right to dedicate a proportion of this funding, approximately £3.5 million, to prioritised technology themes for this strand. These technologies are considered strategic areas of importance for the UK.
Approximately £2.5 million will be used to support projects addressing other technology themes.
If your organisation’s work on the project is mostly commercial or economic, your funding request must not exceed the limits below. These limits apply even if your organisation normally acts non-economically.
For feasibility studies, you could get funding for your eligible project costs of:
- up to 70% if you are a micro or small organisation
- up to 60% if you are a medium-sized organisation
- up to 50% if you are a large organisation
The research organisations undertaking non-economic activity as part of the project can share up to 50% of the total eligible project costs. If your consortium contains more than one research organisation undertaking non-economic activity, this maximum is shared between them.
Of that 50% you could get funding for your eligible project costs of up to:
- 80% of full economic costs (FEC) if you are a Je-S registered institution such as an academic
- 100% of your project costs if you are an RTO, charity, not for profit organisation, public sector organisation or research organisation