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Innovate UK: Fast Start Innovation Grants
Deadline: 26 July 2022
Innovate UK are offering these grants of up to £50,000 each, to provide a fast way to boost cash flow in order to propel innovative ideas that have a clear route to commercialisation.  Grants will back innovations in the seven technology areas outlined in the government’s Innovation Strategy, and which also can contribute to solving the net zero challenge.

Advanced Propulsion Centre: Automotive Transformation Fund Expression of Interest – Round 23
Deadline: 27 July 2022
UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £1 billion for capital centric investment projects that help industrialise the electrified automotive supply chain at scale in the UK. This is an expression of interest (EoI) competition, which is the first stage in a two stage process.

Innovate UK: Smart Grants – April 2022
Deadline: 27 July 2022
UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £25million from Innovate UK for game-changing and commercially viable R&D innovation that can significantly impact the UK economy. The grant provides funding for innovative research and development (R&D) projects across a variety of technologies, markets and research categories, including feasibility projects, industrial research projects and experimental development projects.

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). IETF is also holding a summer stakeholder event on 8 June on Phase 2 to hear about the scope of upcoming competitions, learn about the eligibility criteria and network online to develop partnerships for the competitions.

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.

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.