The government’s Sustainable Innovation Fund will be open to companies across all parts of the UK who need urgent financial support to keep their cutting-edge projects and ideas alive.
Funding totalling almost £200 million could go towards developing new technologies focused on making homes and offices more energy efficient to cut bills, creating ground-breaking medical technologies to treat infections and diseases, or reducing the carbon footprint of public transport in our towns and cities.
In a move to support people across the country to establish more ‘climate-positive’ behaviours, businesses and start-ups could also make use of the fund to develop smart sustainability-focused projects – from apps encouraging people to cut down their food waste to sustainable biodegradable packaging.
The Sustainable Innovation Fund will help power the UK’s economic recovery and develop new sustainable opportunities for businesses in any sector following the coronavirus pandemic, while helping the UK meet its ambitions to cut carbon emissions to net zero by 2050.
2 new competitions are now open:
- The Sustainable Innovation Fund: round 1 (temporary framework):
Pot of funding: £55 Million
Deadline: 29 July 2020
Project starts: 1 October 2020
Project size: Your project’s total eligible costs must be between £100,000 and £500,000. Each organisation working alone or in a collaboration can claim a maximum of £175,000.
- decarbonisation, circular economy and/or biodiversity
- climate change and environmental sustainability
- geographic or regionally-targeted innovation
- innovation that is aimed at commercial or residential users
- innovations that work across more than one sector
- follow-on international opportunities that help the UK lead the world
International partners: European / EEA partners accepted
Grant: up to 80% of costs – exceptions of R&D organisations & Universities
- The Sustainable Innovation Fund: SBRI phase 1
Pot of funding: £10M inc. VAT
Innovate UK will fund organisations to develop and demonstrate new products or services. Your solution must help businesses and/or the public sector in the UK recover from the coronavirus (COVID 19) pandemic in a sustainable manner, demonstrating the impact and potential of a clean growth led recovery and transition to net zero
The overall programme will be delivered in 2 phases. This is phase 1 and will focus on exploring the feasibility of proposals. Phase 2 will concentrate on continued research, development and testing. A decision to proceed with phase 2 will depend on the outcomes from phase 1.
Deadline: 5 August 2020
Project starts: 1 October 2020
Project size: We expect projects in this phase to range in size up to total costs of £60,000, including VAT.
Specific themes – Your project must address one or more of the following themes, which are informed by the government’s Clean Growth Strategy:
- decarbonising energy, business and industry
- improving business and industry efficiency
- improving the energy efficiency, heating and cooling of our homes and other building
- accelerating the shift to low carbon transport
- enhancing the benefits and value of our natural resources
- innovating for a more sustainable public sector
- climate change adaptation and mitigation
Grant value: It is anticipated that the feasibility study R&D contracts will be up to £60,000, including VAT. This is for each project for up to 3 months. The assessors will consider fair value in making their evaluation.
2 briefings will take place for you to find out more:
The Sustainable Innovation Fund: round 1 (temporary framework) on 3 July 2020 – 9.30AM
SBRI on 2 July 11.00AM
Access: https://apply-for-innovation-funding.service.gov.uk/competition/654/overview#dates (please visit page later in case registration is required before)
Please read the competition pages as each competition differs from others.
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