Key features: Investment of up to £25m for the first round of the Energy Catalyst, to successfully address the energy 'trilemma' of reducing emissions, improving security of supply and reducing cost.
Award: Up to £25m (total, for all three stages of award)
Opens: 19 May 2014, 00:00
Registration closes: 27 Aug 2014, 23:59
Closes: 03 Sep 2014, 23:59
Support phone number: 0300 321 4357
Energy Catalyst - Late-stage awards - Pre-commercial technology validation
The Energy Catalyst is open to innovative businesses and researchers from any sector who can address the three major challenges facing the energy sector - 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.
The Catalyst will support projects that contribute to all elements of the energy trilemma and funding will be available for three stages of technology development:
- Early-stage award: Technical feasibility
- Mid-stage awards: Technology development
- Late-stage awards: Pre-commercial technology validation
Organisations can apply for any stage of funding at any time, depending on where in the development cycle their technology sits.
Early-stage projects must be led by an SME either working alone or collaboratively or by a research organisation collaborating with a business. Mid-stage and late-stage projects must be business-led and collaborative. Total project costs can be up to £300k for early-stage awards, between £500k and £3m for mid-stage awards, and between £1m and £10m for late-stage awards.
The competition opens on 19 May 2014. The deadline for registration for late-stage awards is noon 27 August 2014 and the deadline for expressions of interest is noon 3 September 2014. The second-stage deadline for invited applications is at noon on 5 November 2014.
A briefing event for potential applicants will be held on 20 May 2014 to highlight the main features of the competition and explain the application process. Applicants are strongly recommended to attend.
- reducing emissions
- Improving security of supply
- reducing cost.
- the legally binding obligation that, in the UK, 15% of total energy must come from renewable sources by 2020 and the statutory requirement that UK greenhouse gas emissions must be reduced by 34% by 2020 and 80% by 2050 (based on 1990 levels)
- the security of an estimated 85GW indigenous supply requirement in the UK by 2020
- the need to provide affordable energy for all.
- new technologies
- enhancement or alternative applications of existing technologies
- development of components, sub-systems or systems
- integrated whole-system approaches
- enabling technologies for the energy system.
- carbon abatement: minimising environmental impact of fossil fuels and their associated applications to improve efficiency and reduce emissions. Includes carbon capture, transport, utilisation and storage for large-scale power and industrial CO2 emitters
- renewable energy: wind, wave, tidal, solar, biomass*, geothermal
- nuclear fission: front-end fuel cycle, plant construction, commissioning, operation and maintenance. Waste management and decommissioning
- hydrogen and fuel cells: hydrogen production, transport and storage. Fuel cells for stationary and other applications (eg, portable power) NB excludes technology development focused solely or predominantly on transport applications*
- energy networks and system integration: electricity and heat networks. Technologies for energy transmission, distribution and storage and the integration of systems to deploy low carbon energy. Includes smart grids, power electronics, storage technologies and waste heat
- demand-side technologies: technology development to reduce and/or manage energy demand at scale. Includes energy efficiency measures for the end user including industrial energy efficiency
- enabling technologies and processes: includes ICT, high value manufacturing, advanced materials and sensors
- open theme: technologies where applicants are confident they meet the scope but which are not specifically covered by the above categories.
Out of scope
there are specific Technology Strategy Board funding programmes already in place, including:
- built environment and building management systems (addressed through the Low Impact Building Innovation Platform, for example)
- transport (addressed through the Low Carbon Vehicles Innovation Platform, for example)
- bio-energy (where already addressed by the Bioscience programme or the Industrial BioTechnology Catalyst).
- the scale of the funding requirements and timescales to commercialisation are unlikely to be addressed by a Catalyst (nuclear fusion, for example) except where early spin-out technologies for commercialisation in the energy sector are being targeted
- there is no explicit technology component (the idea is for a new business process or market model, for example).
Funding allocation and project details
Late-stage awards – Pre-commercial technology validation
- Two stage application process: expression of interest followed by applications from invited applicants
- Must be business-led and collaborative
- Research organisations can take part but not lead a proposal
- Duration: up to 36 months
- Total project costs: £1m - £10m
- Total research partner costs: must not exceed 30% of total project costs
- Business partner funding: up to 35% of total project costs for SMEs or 25% for larger companies
- Research partner funding: up to 100% of their total project costs (up to 80% of FEC for academic institutions)
- The maximum grant that any one participant can receive is £2.4m; if a larger grant is sought, please contact us prior to submission.
The competition opens for all stages on 19 May 2014.
Late-stage – Pre-commercial technology validation
These awards follow a two-stage application process.
Stage 1 - Applicants submit an expression of interest which is assessed.
Stage 2 – We invite selected applicants to submit an application.
The deadline for registration is noon 27 August 2014 and the deadline for expressions of interest is noon 3 September 2014.
The second stage deadline for invited applications is at noon on 5 November 2014.
Note: All deadlines are at noon.
A briefing event for potential applicants will be held on 20 May 2014 in London and by webinar to highlight the main features of the competition and explain the application process.
Applicants are strongly recommended to attend.
Further detail concerning the late-stage application process can be found in the guidance for applicants.
- Competition opens: 19 May 2014
- Competition briefing: 20 May 2014
- Registration deadline: 27 August 2014 noon
- Deadline for expressions of interest: 3 September 2014 noon
- Stage 2 opens for invited applicants: 29 September 2014
- Stage 2 briefing event: 7 October 2014
- Deadline for invited applications: 5 November 2014 noon
- Competition helpline: 0300 321 4357
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org