Strand 2 of the Net Zero Hydrogen Fund will provide capital expenditure (CAPEX) support for new low carbon hydrogen production facilities to begin deployment in the early 2020s.
Programme: Net Zero Hydrogen Fund
Award: Share of up to £45 million
Opens: 11th Apr 2023
Closes: 7th Jun 2023
This competition will support capital expenditure (CAPEX) costs for projects that do not require a hydrogen specific business model. The aim is to support low carbon hydrogen projects that can deploy on the basis of capital expenditure support and are able to start construction rapidly.
This competition will provide capital expenditure (CAPEX) to support low carbon projects to take a Final Investment Decision (FID) and begin deployment in the early 2020s. Your project must not require support from a hydrogen production business model as these projects are covered in Strands 3 and 4 of the Net Zero Hydrogen Fund (NZHF).
This competition supports the following hydrogen production pathways:
Your project’s eligible costs can include a request for support for:
Biomass or waste gasification:
Net Zero Hydrogen Fund will not provide CAPEX for:
These lists are not exhaustive.
Please note: the funder will decide an eligible or ineligible cost on a case-by-case basis
Net Zero Hydrogen Fund want to fund a portfolio of projects, across this competition, based on:
Net Zero Hydrogen Fund will fund capital projects which do not require support from a Hydrogen production business model.
Your project must:
The project timelines are fixed. Do not apply if you cannot complete your project work in the timeframes outlined above.
To lead a project or work alone your organisation must be a UK registered business of any size.
You will not be permitted to change your company structure or the lead organisation after you have submitted your application. Doing so may disqualify you from the competition.
Academic institutions, research and technology organisations (RTOs), public sector organisations or charities cannot lead or work alone.
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.
Your project can include partners that do not receive any of this competition’s funding, for example non-UK businesses. Their costs will count towards the total project costs.
Subcontractors are allowed in this competition.
Subcontractors can be from anywhere in the UK or overseas.
All subcontractor costs must be justified and appropriate to the total project costs.
In this strand a business can lead on up to 2 applications, which must be materially different, and can be included as a collaborator in a further 2 applications.
An academic institution or a research and technology organisation (RTO), charity, not for profit or public sector organisation can collaborate on any number of applications.
You can use a previously submitted application to apply for this competition.
You must amend your application based on the updated scope and questions for this competition.
Net Zero Hydrogen Fund will not fund projects that:
Net Zero Hydrogen Fund cannot fund projects that are:
Up to £45 million is available for projects across Strands 1 and 2 for this round of the competition. Funding will be in the form of a grant.
The total funding available for this competition can change.
The funders have the right to:
The breakdown between Strands 1 and 2 is not fixed, but the NZHF is primarily a deployment fund and this may influence your expectations on funding for Strand 2.
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 capital expenditure (CAPEX) support, you could get funding for your eligible project costs of up to 30% if you are a UK registered business of any size.
The research organisations undertaking non-economic activity as part of your 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.