UK organisations can apply for a share of up to £40 million to develop world-class smart local energy system demonstrators.
Programme: Innovate UK
Award: Share of up to £40 million
Opens: 8th May 2018
Closes: 25th Jul 2018
Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £40 million from the Prospering from the Energy Revolution Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. This competition aims to invest in up to 3 world-leading practical smart energy systems demonstrators. These will include new business models that intelligently link supply, storage and demand patterns across power, heating and transport. The result will be a dynamic energy system that can:
Projects must demonstrate new, smarter, local energy approaches at scale, which can:
Your proposal must:
Your smart local demonstrator project must:
The programme will be supported by an Energy Research and Integration Network. We expect projects to build in this support rather than copy it. The Network will consist of the Energy Systems Catapult working with a group of leading researchers and stakeholders.
Your proposal must include plans to share important project data sets with the network. If you are successful you will be required to sign non-disclosure agreements with the Energy Systems Catapult, other network members and the organisations contracted to manage the programme evaluation.
To be eligible for funding you must be a UK-based:
You must also:
Total project costs can be between £26 million and £160 million. To request more than £13 million in grant funding contact Innovate UK by 18 June. Projects can last between 24 and 36 months starting by January 2019 and ending by March 2022 including evaluation.
Innovate UK welcome projects that bring together multiple sources of public and private finance. They are looking for private funding for demonstrators that at least matches our funding, but would expect to see closer to 3 to 1 private funding to UK Research and Innovation grant funding. They expect you to provide an investment up to 3 times the amount you are being funded.
The assessors will take into account the extent to which you have secured private funding and other sources of funding. For the experimental development activity in your demonstrator project you could get funding for your eligible project costs of: