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Well 40 degrees has come and gone and it did put some focus on the climate, so with that in mind, highlighting the BEIS Carbon Capture, Usage and Storage and the Industrial Efficiency Accelerator opportunities seems appropriate for those who have an interest in leading edge development.

For those with a keen eye on the bottom line of their business and still want to impact, take a look at the Roadmap to Net Zero Event which is designed to provide a competitive advantage to businesses by supporting the development of a journey to Net Zero.

Funding & Opportunities

BEIS: Carbon Capture, Usage and Storage (CCUS) Innovation Competition – Call 2
Deadline: 5 August 2022

BEIS is supporting the deployment of CCUS in the UK with up to £20million grant funding. This call is split into three lots. Lot 1 is for projects developing mid-stage (TRL 3-5) CCUS innovation, with grants up to £1million. Lot 2 is for projects developing late-stage (TRL 6-8) CCUS technology, particularly demonstrating at intermediate (~100 tonnes CO2 per day) scale or greater, with grants up to £5million. Lot 3 is for next generation carbon capture technology feasibility studies of technologies at TRL 3-8 for deployment at a UK based site, with grants up to £50,000. You must register your interest in advance. The deadline to apply for Lots 1 and 2 is 5 August 2022, and for Lot 3 is 2 December 2022.
EIT Circular Economy Community: Circular Economy Prize
Deadline: 31 August 2022

This prize is targeted at start-ups and SMEs who have an innovative service, technology or product around circular economy, and offers the chance to pitch your idea in front of an expert jury, secure a substantial financial award to develop your business, and to be part of the vibrant circular economy network.
SBRI: MRV Tools and Techniques for Land Based GHG Removal
Deadline: 7 September 2022

Organisations can apply to this Innovate UK fund for a share of £375,000 inclusive of VAT, to develop tools, technologies and techniques to assist and enable the monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) of land based greenhouse gas removal methods. The results of this project will increase in the credibility, confidence and uptake of land based greenhouse gas removal techniques.
BEIS: Industrial Energy Transformational Fund
Deadline: 9 September 2022

This funding supports industrial sites, such as manufacturing, mining, quarrying and material recycling, with high energy use to transition to a low carbon future. It targets existing industrial processes, helping to cut energy bills and carbon emissions by investing in more efficient technologies and reducing the costs and risks of investing in deep decarbonisation technologies. Grants are available for feasibility and engineering studies, deployment of mature energy efficiency (TRL 8-9) and deployment of deep decarbonisation (TRL 7-9).
Knowledge transfer partnerships (KTP): 2022 to 2023, Round 3
Deadline: 14 September 2022

The Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) programme allows a UK registered business or not for profit organisation to partner with a UK education institution, research and technology organisation (RTO) or Catapult to deliver a specific, strategic innovation project. Successful applications are partially funded on the following basis:

  • large companies may receive a grant contribution of up to 50% of eligible project costs, subject to a cap, with the business paying the balance
  • SMEs may receive a grant contribution up to 67% of eligible project costs, subject to a cap, with the business paying the balance

To visit the KTP site and find out more, click here.
BEIS: Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator – Phase 4
Deadline: 19 September 2022

You can now register your interest for this phase of this fund for the development and demonstration of technologies that could reduce energy consumption, maximise resource efficiency and cut carbon emissions in industry.
Small Business Sustainability Basics Programme
Small Business Britain is launching this programme in partnership with Oxford Brookes Business School to help small businesses with sustainability planning, reducing their environmental impact, and to turn these plans into commercial advantage. The programme which begins in September, will be delivered over six weeks entirely via digital channels.
DIT: Internationalisation Fund
The Department for International Trade (DIT) has launched its new Internationalisation Fund for eligible businesses in England. Match-funded grants of between £1,000 and £9,000 will be available for future activity (subject to eligibility and availability). To secure a grant, you’ll need to fund a proportion of your costs yourself. This varies according to where your business is based and will be either 40 or 50% of the total cost. The Fund is currently available throughout England except Cornwall & Isles of Scilly, which has its own similar scheme. Applications for businesses in London have now closed.

HS2: Business Opportunities
If your business is near to the new railway, HS2 wants to find out more about you. HS2 is already using over 1,000 businesses near to the line of the new railway. This accounts for around half of their current supply chain. Over three quarters of these are Small to Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs), so there are real benefits already being realised by local businesses through our contractors. Their shopping list is varied. As well as tools, materials and services which are required for construction, they also need to ensure that their workforce (up to 30,000 people at the peak of the works) has everything they may need. This means that their contractors could also be looking for caterers, stationary providers, accommodation and much more.


Innovation Alliance for the West Midlands / West Midlands Innovation Programme Innovative Working Groups

For more details of our family of working groups please visit their pages. For ease here is a quick round up of their next events:

Other Events

Roadmap to NetZero: Improve your competitive advantage – CUE Business Solutions
Date: 11 August (note: previously 14/7/22)

Access expertise from Coventry University academics and industry experts to achieve Net Zero goals through dedicated collaborative support. This programme will cover the basics of Roadmapping and provide facilitation to enable you to create your organisation’s own roadmap identifying the key activities and technologies that will help your business achieve your Net Zero aspirations. Through a series of seminars and on-site visits, we will equip your business attendees with the understanding of how to create and maintain a strategic roadmap to Net Zero.  
>> Click here for more details.
Cenex: Low Carbon Vehicle
Date: 7-8 September 2022 (in person)

The seminar programme for this year’s Cenex Low Carbon Vehicle event will combine low carbon vehicle, connected automated mobility and energy for transport themes. It will highlight the technology, policy and market trends that are driving forward market transformation, as well as the research and industrialisation that will help ensure a competitive motor industry supply chain in the UK.
>> Click here for more details.

Embracing Digital innovation in the Rail Sector
Date: 8 September 2022, 9:30-13:30 (in person)

This event will hear from local Universities supporting research and development in rail and explore what support is available to SMEs through local facilities and Universities to assist them in their digital innovation journey, how to access this support and illustrate some of the technical and non-technical challenges that the current digital revolution is highlighting.
>> Click here for more details.

Demand Hub: Engaging with Med Tech
Date: 14 September 2022, 9:30-14:45 (in person)

The DEMAND Hub (Data-Enabled Medical technologies And Devices Hub) has organised this SME engagement event in Birmingham, providing support to small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to access the right expertise that will enable them to successfully collaborate and move novel ideas from products and services through to apps and data technologies. The event will also offer a unique pitching opportunity for SMEs to receive 1-to-1 coaching from experts working within the field of commercialisation and technology translation.
>> Click here for more details.

Constructing Excellence Midlands: Offsite Expo
Date: 20-21 September 2022 (in person)

This two day event will host the leading UK and international offsite manufacturers and component suppliers who are driving change in the construction sector. It will showcase panelised modular solutions, pod and prefabricated solutions, and the latest in digital and BIM technology. The event is being held at Coventry Building Society Arena.
>> Click here for more details.

Rail Forum Annual Conference
Date: 11 October 2022 (in person)

The Annual Conference will be held at the ICC, Birmingham. The focus for this year’s Conference will be Delivering the Future; from strategy to infrastructure projects and from rolling stock to new ways of working. The day will be structured around a series of key themes and will include a number of presentations and discussion panels.

  • Rail Forum Members:. All bookings in excess of the free places provided as part of the membership will be invoiced at £50.00 per person plus VAT.
  • Non-Members: Non-members are very welcome to join the conference. A limited number of places are available on a first come first served basis. Tickets are priced at £250.00 per person plus VAT. Speakers will be announced over the coming weeks but will include representatives from HS2, GBRTT, Siemens and East West Rail.

>> Click here for more details.

Derby University – Enscite Learning Labs – Workshops
This series of workshops is aimed at small-to-medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the aerospace, rail and automotive supply chain, which are based in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.
>> Click here for more details.

A Wider View

Institution of Mechanical Engineers: Carbon Capture, Utilisation & Storage (CCUS)
Dates: 9-10 August, 2022 (in person)

This course will be held in London and is intended for those in business, commercial and strategically focused roles within such sectors; in particular those responsible for environmental matters, business sustainability and business transformation. You will leave with a clearly explained and independent perspective on how, where and why CCUS is happening now and could grow in future – covering the range of technological solutions and business drivers, including policy. In addition to reviewing existing CCUS approaches, the course will highlight new opportunities and integrated value creation possibilities through emerging carbon utilisation options.
>> Click here for more details.
Dates: 4 October, 2022 (in person)

The European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency invites applications for projects to facilitate the transition toward a sustainable, circular, toxic-free, energy efficient and climate resilient economy and to protect, restore and improve the quality of the environment.