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Innovate UK - £14m funding available for innovations in Energy

innovateInnovate UK’s Energy programme would like to ensure that ESTnet members are aware of their new Energy Catalyst Programme, which is open to both previous and new applicants.

The Energy Catalyst has been established by Innovate UK (the new name for the Technology Strategy Board), 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 our 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.