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Innovation Funding 2017-10-04T12:05:52+00:00

Successful projects will need to include strong, up-to-date awareness of market activity, robust focus on cost of energy impact and consideration of the evolving route to market.

We provide all of these to a range of clients.

We have often seen companies with great technical capability struggle to make progress in obtaining funding because they fail to communicate their strengths in their submissions to funding organisations.

We have a long track record of working with innovators and funding bodies. Our team includes individuals with first-hand experience of working with funding organisations and helping innovators obtain and make the most of funding opportunities. We understand what fund providers are looking for in applications and  and know the best ways to get across your capability.

Our proven ability to prepare concise, clear applications that clearly communicate complex issues can help you to prepare the best possible submission to maximise your chance of winning grants.

We are also happy to join consortia looking for funding that need a partner that can provide robust, independent and advice about how to succeed in the renewable energy market.

The current open funding rounds are listed below – if you are interested in involving us in your project, including helping you to write a good bid, please email Mike Blanch.

Fund Enabling body Country  Website Open date (estimate) Deadline (estimate)
R&D Tax credits Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) UK https://www.gov.uk/guidance/corporation-tax-research-and-development-tax-relief-for-small-and-medium-sized-enterprises#rd-tax-credits Ongoing Ongoing
Regional Selective Assistance (RSA) Scottish Enterprise UK http://www.scottish-enterprise.com/services/attract-investment/regional-selective-assistance/overview Ongoing Ongoing
Research and Development (R&D) Grant Scottish Enterprise UK http://www.scottish-enterprise.com/services/develop-new-products-and-services/rd-grant/overview Ongoing Ongoing
E-Futures Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) for Interdisciplinary Energy Research Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) UK http://e-futures.group.shef.ac.uk/page/home/ Oct-11 Ongoing
The Industrial Doctoral Training Centre for Offshore Renewable Energy (IDCORE) Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) UK http://www.idcore.ac.uk/ Jul-05 Ongoing
Wind Energy Systems Doctoral Training Centre Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) UK http://www.strath.ac.uk/windenergy/ Jul-05 Ongoing
Environmental Technology Scheme (Miljøteknologiordningen) Innovation Norway NO http://neec.no/innovation-norway-environmental-technology-enterprises-financing-scheme-miljoteknologiordningen/ Ongoing
CF (Cohesion Fund) European Commission EU http://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/thefunds/cohesion/index_en.cfm Jun-05 Ongoing
Eurogia-UK DECC/ Eurogia+/ Technology Strategy Board (TSB) UK https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-notes-for-eurogia-uk-funding-applications-2013 Ongoing Ongoing
National Renewables Infrastructure Fund (N-RIF) Scottish Enterprise UK http://www.scottish-enterprise.com/services/develop-new-products-and-services/nrif/overview Ongoing Ongoing
Offshore Wind Expert Support Programme Scottish Enterprise UK http://www.scottish-enterprise.com/services/develop-your-organisation/offshore-wind-expert-support-programme/overview Ongoing Ongoing
Scottish Innovative Foundation Technologies Fund (SIFT) Scottish Enterprise UK http://www.scottish-enterprise.com/services/develop-new-products-and-services/sift/overview Ongoing Ongoing
Innovation Vouchers Innovate UK UK https://www.gov.uk/government/news/innovation-vouchers-for-all Ongoing Ongoing
Collaborative Business Network Programme (CNP) Invest Northern Ireland UK http://www.investni.com/support-for-business/skills-development/collaborative-working.html Ongoing Ongoing
Industrial CASE Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) UK http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/skills/students/coll/icase/ Ongoing Ongoing
Programme Grants Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) UK http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/funding/howtoapply/routes/capacity/programme/ Ongoing Ongoing
Research Base Funding Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) UK http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/funding/howtoapply/routes/standardresearch/ Ongoing Ongoing
Renewable Energy Investment Fund (REIF) – Marine Scottish Enterprise UK http://www.scottish-enterprise.com/services/attract-investment/renewable-energy-investment-fund/overview Oct-12 Ongoing
Co-Fund NI Invest Northern Ireland UK http://www.cofundni.com/ Ongoing Ongoing
Export Development Service: Renewable Marine Energy – Offshore Wind/Wave & Tidal Invest Northern Ireland UK https://secure.investni.com/static/library/invest-ni/documents/exporting-can-transform-your-business.pdf Ongoing Ongoing
Finance Voucher Invest Northern Ireland UK https://secure.investni.com/static/library/invest-ni/documents/access-to-finance-finance-voucher-overview.pdf Ongoing Ongoing
Growth Loan Fund Invest Northern Ireland UK http://www.whiterockcp.co.uk/growth-loan-fund.aspx Ongoing Ongoing
NI Small Business Loan Fund Invest Northern Ireland UK http://www.nisblf.com/ Ongoing Ongoing
The Development Funds Invest Northern Ireland UK https://www.investni.com/support-for-business/funding-through-loans-and-equity.html Ongoing Ongoing
Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) Programme: Access Carbon Trust UK http://www.carbontrust.com/our-clients/o/offshore-wind-accelerator Oct-10 Ongoing
Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) Programme: Cable installation Carbon Trust UK http://www.carbontrust.com/our-clients/o/offshore-wind-accelerator Oct-08 Ongoing
Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) Programme: Electrical systems Carbon Trust UK http://www.carbontrust.com/our-clients/o/offshore-wind-accelerator Oct-08 Ongoing
Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) Programme: Foundations Carbon Trust UK http://www.carbontrust.com/our-clients/o/offshore-wind-accelerator Oct-08 Ongoing
Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) Programme: Wake effects Carbon Trust UK http://www.carbontrust.com/our-clients/o/offshore-wind-accelerator Oct-08 Ongoing
Supply Chain innovation for Offshore Renewable Energy (SCORE) OrbisEnergy UK http://www.scoregrants.co.uk/ Nov-13 Ongoing
Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (COSME) European Commission EU https://ec.europa.eu/growth/smes/cosme_en Jul-05 Ongoing
European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) European Commission EU http://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/thefunds/regional/index_en.cfm May-05 ongoing
Centres for Environment-friendly Energy Research (CEER)-scheme Research Council of Norway (RCN) NO https://www.forskningsradet.no/en/Funding/FME/1215006638765 Jul-05 Jul-05
ENERGIX programme – Large-scale programme for Energy Research Research Council of Norway (RCN) NO http://www.forskningsradet.no/prognett-energix/Home_page/1253980140022 Jul-05 Jul-05
Cenit (National Strategic Consortium in Technical Research) Programme Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI) ES https://setis.ec.europa.eu/energy-research/content/national-strategic-consortia-technical-research Jun-05 Jul-05
Vindforsk Swedish Energy Agency SE http://www.elforsk.se/Programomraden/El–Varme/Vindforsk/ Jul-05 Jul-05
SMART: SCOTLAND – Feasibility studies Scottish Enterprise UK http://www.scottish-enterprise.com/services/develop-new-products-and-services/smart-scotland/overview Ongoing
SMART: SCOTLAND – R&D Projects Scottish Enterprise UK http://www.scottish-enterprise.com/services/develop-new-products-and-services/smart-scotland/overview Ongoing
European Structural and Investment Funds (ESI) European Commission EU http://ec.europa.eu/research/infrastructures/index_en.cfm?pg=structural_funds Ongoing
EUROGIA2020 (EUROGIA+) EUREKA EU http://www.eurogia.com/eurogia/about-eurogia.html Ongoing Ongoing
Low Carbon KEEP (Knowledge-East of England-Partners) Programme European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the East of England Development Agency UK http://www.anglia.ac.uk/business-employers/knowledge-exchange/keep-plus Ongoing Ongoing
Stimulation of Sustainable Energy Production (SDE+) NL Agency NL http://english.rvo.nl/subsidies-programmes/stimulation-sustainable-energy-production-sde Jul-05 Ongoing
Investments for the Future Programme ADEME FR http://www.ademe.fr/en/investments-for-the-future Jan-10 ongoing
MHK Environmental and Resource Characterization Instrumentation US Department of Energy (DoE) US http://energy.gov/eere/articles/energy-department-announces-funding-demonstration-and-testing-advanced-wave-and-tidal Mar-14 ongoing
Energy Catalyst (early stage) Innovate UK and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) UK https://interact.innovateuk.org/competition-display-page/-/asset_publisher/RqEt2AKmEBhi/content/energy-catalyst-early-stage-award-technical-feasibility?p_p_auth=eWv0qQes May-14 Ongoing
Energy Catalyst (mid stage) Innovate UK and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) UK https://interact.innovateuk.org/competition-display-page/-/asset_publisher/RqEt2AKmEBhi/content/energy-catalyst-mid-stage-awards-technology-development?p_p_auth=eWv0qQes May-14 Ongoing
Energy Catalyst (late stage) Innovate UK and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) UK https://interact.innovateuk.org/competition-display-page/-/asset_publisher/RqEt2AKmEBhi/content/energy-catalyst-late-stage-awards-pre-commercial-technology-validation?p_p_auth=eWv0qQes May-14 Ongoing
Make it to Market grant Scottish Enterprise UK http://www.scottish-enterprise.com/knowledge-hub/articles/guide/make-it-to-market-guide Ongoing
Offshore Wind Innovation and Demonstration (OSWInD) US Department of Energy (DoE) US https://www1.eere.energy.gov/wind/offshore_wind.html Jul-05 Ongoing
Statkraft Ventures Statkraft NO http://www.statkraftventures.com/statkraft-ventures/ Jul-05 ongoing
InnovFin European Investment Bank EU http://www.eib.org/products/blending/innovfin/ Dec-14 Dec-19
InnovFin Energy Demo Projects European Investment Bank EU http://www.eib.org/attachments/documents/innovfin_energy_demo_projects_eligibility_questionnaire_en.pdf Jun-15 Dec-19
Innovation vouchers Invest Northern Ireland UK http://www.investni.com/support-for-business/funding-for-business/funding-for-innovation-and-research-and-development.html ongoing
Green Port Growth Business Support Green Port Hull UK http://greenporthull.co.uk/business-support-investment Jul-05 ongoing
High Value opportunities Scottish Enterprise UK https://www.scottish-enterprise.com/services/do-business-outside-scotland/high-value-opportunities/overview ongoing
Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme (LCITP) Scottish Government UK http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Business-Industry/Energy/Action/lowcarbon/LCITP Mar-15 Autumn 2018
ADFD funding – 6th cycle IRENA UAE http://adfd.irena.org/facility.aspx Nov 17 Feb 18
Propel Cornwall Cornwall Marine Network (CMN) UK http://propelcornwall.co.uk/ Mar-17 Ongoing
MARINET2 – Call 2 European Commission EU http://www.marinet2.eu/ Jan-18 Feb-18
MARINET2 – Call 3 European Commission EU http://www.marinet2.eu/ Nov-18 Dec-18
MARINET2 – Call 4 European Commission EU http://www.marinet2.eu/ Aug-19 Sep-19
MARINET2 – Call 5 European Commission EU http://www.marinet2.eu/ Jun-20 Aug-20
Clean Energy Innovation Fund Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) AU http://www.environment.gov.au/news/2016/03/23/clean-energy-innovation-fund Jul-16 Jul-26