Notice

Funding competition: Energy Catalyst round 4

Innovate UK is offering businesses and universities a share of up to £19 million to develop innovative solutions to global energy challenges.

Documents

Competition guidance: Energy Catalyst round 4 early-stage awards (technical feasibility)

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Competition guidance: Energy Catalyst round 4 mid-stage awards (technology development)

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Competition guidance: Energy Catalyst round 4 late-stage awards (pre-commercial technology validation)

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Detail

This competition opened on 4 April 2016 and is now closed for registrations.

Competition dates

Registration closes for the mid-stage and late-stage awards on 8 June 2016. Registration closes for the early-stage award on 7 September 2016. All 3 competitions close on 14 September 2016.

An additional brokerage event for Energy Catalyst Round 4 will be held in central London on 4 July 2016 to link applicants to organisations with expertise in developing countries. A recording will be made available after the event.

The opportunity

Technology innovation is needed to solve the global energy sector ‘trilemma’ of:

  • low carbon
  • security of supply
  • affordability

These challenges are creating major global market opportunities. Innovative businesses in the UK can develop world-leading solutions to these challenges.

This funding competition

The fourth round of the Energy Catalyst is now open. There are 3 awards, each open to businesses, universities and research organisations:

  • early-stage award - technical feasibility

  • mid-stage awards - technology development

  • late-stage awards - pre-commercial technology validation

The competition supports innovative solutions in any technology or sector area. The proposed solutions can focus on any part of the energy trilemma.

This notice provides details of:

  • what the competition is about
  • the competition’s 3 award stages
  • how to apply

The Energy Catalyst

The aim of the Energy Catalyst is to speed up the best of UK innovation at all development stages. It helps businesses progress their innovations to commercial readiness.

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.

Innovate UK, DFID and EPSRC are co-funding this competition with a budget of up to £19 million. DFID’s funding of up to £6 million will support innovation that is relevant to the needs of developing countries. In particular, this will help transform energy access for communities in sub-Saharan countries.

Innovate UK’s funding of up to £10 million is available only to 12-month projects that are completed by 31 March 2018. It will support projects addressing the energy trilemma for any market or application.