SBRI Phase 3: Enhanced Clean Air Innovation Trials

Key Features

Organisations can apply for a share of £800,000 to further develop pre-commercial innovations related to monitoring, mitigating or extracting air pollution. They must conduct extended field trials to evaluate and enhance the solution for commercialisation

Programme:     Innovate UK

Award:     Share of up to £800,000

Opens: 8th Jan 2024

Closes: 14th Feb 2024

! This scheme is now closed


This is a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition funded by Innovate UK as part of the Clean Air Strategic Priorities Fund Programme.

This competition is funded through the UKRI Strategic Priorities Fund (SPF) Clean Air Programme. The SPF has been set up to build upon the vision of a ‘common research fund’ set out in Sir Paul Nurse’s independent review of the Research Councils.


The aim of the competition is to conduct extended field trials to evaluate and enhance emerging technological solution in the clean air domain. The technology may be focused on monitoring, mitigating or extracting air pollution.

This will lead to insight and feedback from future users and customers to make final adjustments to the product or service, that will lead to successful commercialisation.

In this Phase 3 you must further develop your existing innovation, deploying, testing and iterating in a real world or representative environment. You must work closely with potential users and customers, conducting the R&D to progress your project toward commercialisation.

Contracts will be given to successful applicants.

You must demonstrate a credible and practical route to market, so your application must include a plan to commercialise your results.

Specific Themes

Your project must focus on one or more of the following:

  • monitoring air pollutants or using data to create actionable insights to safeguard health
  • extracting harmful pollution from the atmosphere
  • mitigating harmful emissions at their source


Projects must:

  • start on 1 May 2024
  • end by 28 February 2025
  • last between 8 and 10 months


To lead a project, you can:

  • be an organisation of any size
  • work alone or with others from business, research organisations, research and technology organisations or the third sector as subcontractors (charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups)

Your technology must relate to:

  • monitoring
  • mitigating
  • extracting air pollution

This competition will not fund any procurement, commercial, business development or supply chain activity with any Russian or Belarusian entity as lead or subcontractor. This includes any goods or services originating from a Russian or Belarusian source.

Contracts will be awarded to a single legal entity only. Subcontractors can be used, where justified, but only for specialist skills. The majority of the project work and key deliverables must be the responsibility of the applicant and be carried out in the UK.

Use of animals in research and innovation

Innovate UK expects and supports the provision and safeguarding of welfare standards for animals used in research and innovation, according to best practice and up to date guidance.

Any projects selected for funding which involve animals will be asked to provide additional information on welfare and ethical considerations, as well as compliance with any relevant legislation as part of the project start-up process. This information will be reviewed before an award is made.


Innovate UK will not fund projects that:

  • do not have an existing Clean Air Tech innovation with a demonstrable need for real world research and testing ahead of commercialisation
  • focus on tackling pollutants which have no demonstrated health impact
  • generate more harmful pollutants than are removed
  • result in a significant negative overall environmental impact
  • duplicate other UK government or EU funded initiatives you have already been funded for
  • duplicate existing innovation
  • have existing commercial agreements to deliver the proposed solutions

Funding Costs

A total of up to £800,000, inclusive of VAT, is allocated to this phase 3.

It is envisaged that this Phase 3 will see 8 to 12 contracts awarded. Between £50,000 and £100,000 inclusive of VAT, will be allocated for each contract.

This is to undertake extensive field testing in a real or representative environment, with potential future customers and users, for between 8 and 10 months.

The total funding available for the competition can change. The funders have the right to:

  • adjust the provisional funding allocations between the phases
  • apply a ‘portfolio’ approach

The contract is completed at the end of phase 3, and the successful organisation is expected to pursue commercialisation of their solution.

Value Added Tax (VAT)

You must select whether you are VAT registered before entering your project costs.

VAT is the responsibility of the invoicing business. We will not provide any further advice and suggest you seek independent advice from HMRC.

VAT registered

If you select you are VAT registered, you must enter your project costs exclusive of VAT. As part of the application process VAT will be automatically calculated and added to your project cost total. Your total project costs inclusive of VAT must not exceed £100,000.

Not VAT registered

If you select you are not VAT registered, you must enter your project costs exclusive of VAT and no VAT will be added. You will not be able to increase total project costs to cover VAT later should you become VAT registered. Your total project costs must not exceed £100,000.

Research and development (R&D)

Your application must have at least 50% of the contract value attributed directly and exclusively to R&D services, including solution exploration and design. R&D can also include prototyping and field-testing the product or service. This lets you incorporate the results of your exploration and design and demonstrate that you can produce in quantity to acceptable quality standards.

R&D does not include:

  • commercial development activities such as quantity production
  • supply to establish commercial viability or to recover R&D costs
  • integration, customisation or incremental adaptations and improvements to existing products or processes

Interested in applying for this competition?

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