Organisations can apply for a share of £2 million, inclusive of VAT, to develop renewable integrated replacements for fossil fuel generators in Official Development Assistance (ODA) countries.
Programme: Innovate UK
Award: Share of up to £2 million
Opens: 6th Nov 2023
Closes: 13th Dec 2023
This Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition is part of the Zero Emission Generators (ZE-Gen) programme which aims to support renewable energy based alternatives to fossil fuel generators.
This competition is delivered by Innovate UK on behalf of the Department for Science Innovation and Technology (DSIT) and the Foreign Commonwealth and Development office (FCDO). The programme forms part of the Ayrton Fund and Transforming Energy Access (TEA) programmes.
The aim of this competition is to demonstrate the capability, applicability and scalability of integrated renewable energy alternatives to fossil fuel generators.
This competition is part of the Zero Emissions Generators (ZE-Gen) programme which aims to advance renewable energy-based alternatives in countries that currently depend on fossil-fuelled generators.
In this competition, your project must:
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.
For a list of eligible countries, please see here
Prototype development and evaluation
This can include prototyping, demonstrating, piloting, testing and validation of new or improved products, processes or services in environments representative of real-life operating conditions. The primary objective is to make further technical improvements on products, processes or services that are not substantially set.
To lead a project, you can:
Organisations do not have to be registered in the UK to lead a project but must be a registered organisation. We will undertake viability and due diligence checks before awarding a contract.
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. However, if you can justify subcontracting components of the work, you can engage specialists or advisers. The project and delivery against the project milestones will still be the responsibility of the main contractor.
Innovate UK will not fund projects that:
A total of up to £2 million, inclusive of VAT, is allocated to this competition.
For this competition up to £1 million inclusive of VAT will be allocated for each contract, to develop a prototype and undertake field testing for up to 12 months.
The total funding available for the competition can change. The funders have the right to:
The contract is completed at the end of the competition, 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.
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 £1 million.
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 £1 million.
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:
SBRI competitions involve procurement of R&D services at a fair market value and are not subject to subsidy control criteria that typically apply to grant funding.
Book an appointment to speak to one of our advisors to discuss your eligibility to apply for this Grant Funding opportunity.