Innovate UK (formerly known as the Technology Strategy Board) are opening their new Energy Catalyst Programme, to both previous and new applicants.
The Energy Catalyst has been established by Innovate UK, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to accelerate innovation in the energy sector, from concept to pre-commercial readiness, by providing investment and support at the time, in the way and at the scale innovators need it.
Funding of up to £14m is available for the second round, which opens on 06 November 2014.
Energy Catalyst is open to innovative businesses of any size and researchers from any sector who can address all elements of the energy ‘trilemma’ of:
- reducing emissions
- improving security of supply
- reducing cost
These challenges are creating major global market opportunities, for which the UK can develop and grow innovative businesses to deliver world-leading solutions.
Three categories of grant are available (for full details see the links below for scope, grant sizes and timescales)
- Early-stage award: Technical feasibility
- Mid-stage awards: Technology Development
- Late-stage awards: Pre-commercial technology validation
If you would like to find out more information about this funding opportunity, please attend their highly recommended competition briefing event by webinar, on the 10th November. This event is an excellent opportunity for you to receive first hand information about the competition – its scope, application process, key dates etc. Register here for the webinar.