UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £1.5 million, for solutions that reduce the cost and time required for assessing fabric performance of buildings against net zero performance targets. This funding is from Innovate UK.
Programme: Innovate UK
Award: Share of up to £1.5 million
Opens: 13th Feb 2023
Closes: 22nd Mar 2023
Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £1.5 million in innovation projects.
The aim of this competition is to accelerate the shift to a net zero economy. The focus is on reducing the cost and time required for assessing the fabric performance of buildings and assuring net zero performance targets are achieved.
Understanding the fabric performance of a building before and after any building upgrade improvement measures are installed provides confidence in those measures.
Building upgrade measures mean improvements to building fabric, heating, power and ventilation systems along with other heat demand reduction solutions. Many of the most established techniques for assessing and testing building fabric performance are largely based on standardised conditions. These tests can require significant preparation, are costly and can take a long time to carry out.
Providing robust information on potential heat reduction is vital to increase assurance of building performance. It is this information that builds market confidence and leads to certainty of finance and ultimately faster uptake of measures.
Your project must be applicable to real world measuring requirements for assessing fabric performance in buildings. By real world we mean outside of pure research or academic exercises.
Your solutions must demonstrate the following:
Applicable buildings can be:
Examples of new or improved testing techniques include, but are not limited to:
The key outcome of this competition is to make real world tests widespread and repeatable.
Your project must include:
Your project can also include one or more of the following:
Innovate UK will fund industrial research projects and experimental development projects.
Your project must:
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 and Belarusian entity as lead, partner or subcontractor. This includes any goods or services originating from a Russian and Belarusian source.
To lead a project or work alone your organisation must:
If the lead organisation is a large business or an RTO, charity, not for profit or public sector organisation it must collaborate with at least one grant claiming SME.
Academic institutions cannot lead an application.
Each partner organisation must be invited into the Innovation Funding Service by the lead to collaborate on a project. Once accepted, partners will be asked to login or to create an account and enter their own project costs into the Innovation Funding Service.
To be an eligible collaboration, the lead and at least one other organisation must apply for funding when entering their costs into the application.
Your project can include partners that do not receive any of this competition’s funding, for example non-UK businesses.
Subcontractors are allowed in this competition.
Subcontractors can be from anywhere in the UK and you must select them through your usual procurement process.
You can use subcontractors from overseas but must make the case in your application as to why you could not use suppliers from the UK.
You must provide a detailed rationale, evidence of the potential UK contractors you approached and the reasons why they were unable to work with you. We will not accept a cheaper cost as a sufficient reason to use an overseas subcontractor.
All subcontractor costs must be justified and appropriate to the total project costs.
A business, charity, not for profit or public sector organisation can only lead on one application but can be included as a collaborator in a further 2 applications. If a business, charity, not for profit or public sector organisation is not leading any application, it can collaborate in up to 3 applications.
An RTO can lead one application and can collaborate on any number of applications.
An academic organisation can collaborate on any number of applications.
You can use a previously submitted application to apply for this competition.
Innovate UK are not funding projects that:
Innovate UK cannot fund projects that are:
Up to £1.5million has been allocated to fund innovation projects in this competition. Funding will be in the form of a grant.
If your organisation’s work on the project is commercial or economic, your funding request must not exceed the limits below. These limits apply even if your organisation normally acts non-economically but for the purpose of this project will be undertaking commercial or economic activity.
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 30% 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 30% you could get funding for your eligible project costs of up to:
Book an appointment to speak to one of our advisors to discuss your eligibility to apply for this Grant Funding opportunity.