UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £5 million for collaborative innovation projects between the UK and Australia. Projects must focus on the cost reduction of clean hydrogen. The UK funding is from Innovate UK.
Programme: Innovate UK
Award: Share of up to £5 million
Opens: 1st Dec 2023
Closes: 12th Jan 2024
Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will work with Australia’s Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water’s (DCCEEW) to invest up to £5 million in innovation projects.
The aim of this competition is to reduce the cost associated with the development of a low carbon hydrogen economy and is seeking proposals from business-led collaborations between UK and Australian registered businesses.
Your project must:
Your project can be of a large, medium or small scale so long as it’s commercially sustainable.
We want to fund a variety of projects across different technologies, markets, technological maturities and research categories.
Innovate UK call this a portfolio approach.
Your project must focus on two or more of the following:
Example innovation areas of interest include but are not limited to:
Where projects are considering the use of hydrogen for mobility, we are particularly interested in and will give preference to applications in heavy duty land transport and maritime.
Projects that focus on complete value chains are encouraged. A complete value chain is one that includes an element of hydrogen production, an element of hydrogen storage or hydrogen distribution or both and an element of hydrogen use.
Your project must:
UK project partners must carry out the majority of their project work in the UK or Australia and intend to exploit the results from or in the UK.
UK participants must submit an application to Innovate UK and Australian partners must submit an application to the Australian side of the competition.
Both UK and Australian applications must be successful to receive grant funding.
All businesses in a consortium must be separate legal and non-linked entities. This is to ensure that projects encourage genuine international collaboration, not internal company research. Linked companies are considered a single entity under the parent company.
Your project must have a balanced contribution of the total eligible project costs among the partners from the participating partner countries. No more than 60% of the total project costs can be claimed by any single partner or by all partners from a single participating country.
You must only include eligible project costs in your application.
Projects must always start on the first of the month and this must be stated within your application. Your project start date will be reflected in your grant offer letter if you are successful.
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 your organisation must:
Australian organisations must be separate legal entities, not linked to the UK partners.
More information on the different types of organisation can be found in our Funding rules.
Academic institutions cannot lead or work alone.
The project team must involve at least one grant claiming UK registered micro, small or medium-sized enterprise (SME)
To collaborate with the lead, your organisation must be one of the following UK registered:
Each UK partner organisation must be invited into the Innovation Funding Service by the lead to collaborate on a project. Once partners have accepted the invitation, they will be asked to login or to create an account in the Innovation Funding Service. They are responsible for entering their own project costs and completing their Project Impact questions in the application.
Australian partners must not be invited into Innovate UK’s application on 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.
This does not include your Australian partner(s) who must apply to the Australian side of the competition.
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.
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 £5 million 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 feasibility studies and 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.