UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £20 million for innovative clean maritime and smart shipping projects. This funding is from the Department for Transport.
Programme: Innovate UK
Award: Share of up to £20 million
Opens: 22nd Mar 2021
Closes: 2nd Jun 2021
The Department for Transport will work with Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, to invest up to £20m for innovative clean maritime and smart shipping projects.
The aim of this competition is to support 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 we are seeking solutions 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.
We strongly encourage projects from around the UK to support boosting jobs and economic growth, including:
There are two strands to this competition:
In applying to this competition you are entering into a competitive process. This competition closes at 11am UK time on the deadline stated.
Your project must design, develop and test novel clean maritime or smart shipping technologies that reduce greenhouse emissions:
You can include autonomous vessels as identified in the Technology and Innovation in UK Maritime Route Map and wind power, where these deliver energy efficiency savings and enable a vessel to be zero emission capable.
Your consortia can include all the necessary partners to achieve the aims of the competition, these can include a representative end user such as a:
At the end of the project you must:
Projects in this strand can include capital infrastructure costs where necessary.
Clean maritime and smart shipping technologies for all sizes and categories of maritime vessel are in scope. Solutions can be suitable for one target size of vessel or multiple. Leisure and commercial vessels are in scope.
All ports and harbours are in scope, including infrastructure for both freight and leisure.
We 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. These can be from established areas of maritime innovation in the UK with proven expertise and capabilities, this includes emerging clusters of activity in zero emission technologies such as but not limited to:
Your project can focus on one or more of the following themes:
On-vessel low and zero emission technologies:
Port and shore-side solutions:
Smart shipping technologies:
Innovate UK are not funding projects that:
Your project must:
Projects can start from 1 September 2021.
Innovate UK will not approve project extensions beyond 31 March 2022.
To lead a project or work alone your organisation must:
If the lead organisation is an RTO or a research organisation it must collaborate with at least 1 business.
Academic institutions cannot work alone.
To collaborate with the lead, your organisation must:
Subcontractors are allowed in this competition.
There is no limit to the number of applications an organisation can participate in. If applicants are involved in more than one application, they must clearly state in question 4 how all projects can be resourced and delivered successfully.
You can use a previously submitted application to apply for this competition.
Innovate UK will not award you funding if you have:
Innovate UK have allocated up to £10m to fund innovation projects in this strand.
Innovate UK and Department for Transport reserves the right to move funding between strands.
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 industrial research projects, you could get funding for your eligible project costs of:
For experimental development projects which are nearer to market, you could get funding for your eligible project costs of:
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.
Capital Infrastructure Costs
Applications can include the purchase of relevant capital equipment as an eligible project cost where this is necessary as part of your proposal and to deliver your objectives. The inclusion of capital costs is optional, not a requirement. Applications that include capital costs will be assessed in the same way as those that do not.
Your total capital grant funding request must not exceed 50% of your total eligible capital costs.
Eligible capital costs include the upgrade or construction of research infrastructures that perform economic activities. The eligible capital costs shall be the investment costs in intangible and tangible assets you will have to provide a cost breakdown for this in question 11.
Research Infrastructures are facilities that provide resources and services for research communities to conduct research and foster innovation. They can be used beyond research e.g. for education or public services and they may be single-sited, distributed, or virtual.
If the research infrastructure pursues both economic and non-economic activities, you must:
Access to the research infrastructure for its operation or use must be open to several users without discrimination and be granted on a transparent basis. Users must be charged the market price.