Innovate UK has invited businesses to apply for a share of £9 million from the Energy Catalyst funding competition for projects that solve energy industry challenges. Round 4 of the competition is now open.
Businesses and researchers from any sector can apply for a share of £9 million. Proposed projects should address the three major challenges facing the energy industry:
- low carbon
- security of supply
There are 3 awards:
- early-stage award – technical feasibility
- mid-stage awards – technology development
- late-stage awards – pre-commercial technology validation
Innovate UK, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) set up the Energy Catalyst in 2013. The Department for International Development(DFID) joined as a co-funder of the Energy Catalyst in 2016.
DFID and EPSRC are funding this competition with a budget of up to £9 million. The aim is to speed up commercialisation of UK energy innovation. It will help deliver clean, affordable and resilient energy. DFID funding is for projects that are relevant to the needs of developing countries.
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