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Energy-related funding call round-up

Posted on 18/03/2019

A round-up of the latest funding calls from large scale energy storage solutions to the design of smart, local energy systems. Updated 4th June.

There has been significant activity from government in the energy sector recently. The details of open funding calls are below, along with links to the relevant information pages.


1. BEIS Industrial Heat Recovery Support Programme – £18m

The IHRS programme will fund demonstrations of waste heat recovery from existing industrial processes and the subsequent use of the waste heat either as heat to be used on site, converted to power for use on site or supplied to a local heat network. This is not an innovation programme, so heat recovery technologies should be TRL 9 or above.

Further information and application details are here. There are several different 2-3 month assessment windows, the last of which closes on 31st September 2019.


2. Detailed Design for smart, local energy systems £28m

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) launched the £28m Detailed Designs of Smart, Local Energy Systems competition in April as part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, Prospering from the Energy Revolution Programme. Watch the KTN webinar here for more information. Competition closes 7th August 2019.


3. Royal Society of Chemistry Emerging Technologies Competition

The Emerging Technologies Competition is the Royal Society of Chemistry’s annual initiative for early stage companies and academic entrepreneurs who want to commercialise their technologies to make a global impact. The competition is free to apply, with applications opening from 7th May until 5th July, and welcomes applicants from UK and Europe whose tech have a strong component of chemistry and falls in one of the following categories:

  • Health
  • Energy & environment
  • Food & drink
  • Enabling technologies

The eight winners of the competition will receive:

£/€ 10,000 non-dilutive funds
Support from competition partners: Croda, Unilever, Johnson Matthey, RSSL and Pfizer
Intensive business and pitch training at Cambridge Judge Business school
Technology summary under the winners tab on the Emerging Technologies Competition website
Press release with local news

To find out more and apply, click here.


4. Hello Tomorrow Global Challenge – €10k prize money per category, €100k for overall winner

The Hello Tomorrow Global Challenge is a worldwide renowned science & technology startup competition designed specifically to address the needs of deep tech entrepreneurs across several different industries and technologies.

There are 14 categories for entry:
Advanced Computing & Ai
Cybersecurity & Communication
Digital Health & Medical Devices
Drug Discovery
Food & Agriculture
Industrial Biotech
Industry 4.0
Medical Biotech
New Space
Smart City

The best start-up in each category will receive €10,000,  with the overall winner receiving an additional €90,000.

Applications are open until September 13th 2019. To find out more and apply, click here.