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Detailed Designs of Smart, Local Energy Systems Competition

Monday, 15 July 2019

Innovate UK is inviting collaborative bids from UK businesses, research and technology organisations, universities and HEIs for R&D funding to develop new and efficient local energy systems.

The UK's innovation agency, Innovate UK (IUK) has announced details of a new competition to invest in revolutionary designs for local energy systems which can deliver cleaner, cheaper energy services and create more prosperous and resilient communities across the UK.

The Detailed Designs of Smart, Local Energy Systems Competition is part of a wider Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) programme called Prospering from the Energy Revolution (PFER). It aims to create a pipeline of highly innovative, ambitious and investable local energy system designs that will be ready to roll out across the UK in the 2020s.

IUK has allocated up to £30 million to fund innovation projects in this competition. Applicants can claim up to £3 million in grant funding. A project’s total eligible costs must be between £2 million and £20 million.

IUK is looking to fund a portfolio of projects, across a variety of technologies, markets, technological maturities and research categories. Proposals must be focused on a specific, named, UK location. The locality must be at least the size of a town but the ambition is to fund ground-breaking local energy systems projects up to city or region scale (or equivalent industrial, rural or other area in terms of energy capacity).

All projects must be collaborative and applicants must carry out their project work in the UK and intend to exploit the results from or in the UK. To lead a project the applicant must be a UK-based business, research and technology organisation (RTO), Catapult, university/higher education institution or a local authority or similar body.

To collaborate with the lead applicant, the organisations must be a UK-based business, academic institution, charity, public sector organisation or RTO. IUK expects collaborations to include at least one SME, one RTO or public sector organisation and representatives from the energy, information and communication technologies sectors.

The competition opened on 7 May 2019 and the deadline for applications is midday on 7 August 2019.


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