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ISCF decarbonisation of industrial clusters: Deployment

Overview:

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £1 million to develop plans for decarbonising an industrial cluster. This funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF).

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, is seeking to invest up to £1million, split across two competition strands, for collaborative projects to plan their route to cluster decarbonisation as part of the Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge Fund.

This is the first phase of a two-phase competition.

In phase 1 you must develop a plan setting out your proposed approach to phase 2.

In phase 2, up to £131million will be awarded for projects that will deliver, or support delivery of, significant emissions reductions in a UK industrial cluster by 2030, in line with the Industrial Cluster Mission.

Phase 2 is dependent on the success of phase 1. Only successful applicants in phase 1 will be invited to take part in phase 2.

Innovate UK are running a separate roadmaps strand at the same time as this one. It is focused on the development of industrial cluster decarbonisation roadmaps.

You can apply for both strands. There will be additional funding for each strand in phase 2.

Open Date:

28/10/2019

Close Date:

04/12/2019

Your project’s total eligible costs must be between £60,000 and £200,000.

All projects must be collaborative.

Innovate UK want projects to start as soon as possible and can last between three and four months, however, Innovate UK require projects to finish no later than 31 July 2020.

To lead a project your organisation must:

  • Be a UK-registered business of any size
  • Collaborate with other UK-registered businesses, research organisations, academic institutions, public sector organisations or charities
  • Carry out its project work in the UK
  • Intend to exploit the results across other UK clusters

Academic institutions, research organisations and public sector organisations cannot lead or work alone.

To collaborate with the lead organisation your organisation must:

  • Be a UK-registered business, academic institution, research organisation, charity, or public sector organisation
  • Carry out its project work in the UK
  • Intend to exploit the results from or in the UK
  • Be invited by the lead applicant to submit your project costs into the Innovation Funding Service

The lead organisation and one or more other organisations must claim funding.

Your project can include partners that do not receive any of this competition’s funding, for example non-UK businesses. Their costs will count towards the total eligible project costs.

Your project’s total eligible costs must be between £40,000 and £120,000.

Innovate UK encourage you to collaborate with other organisations. Your organisation can apply alone, but must demonstrate how it will collaborate within a cluster.

Innovate UK want projects to start as soon as possible and can last between three and four months, however, Innovate UK require projects to finish no later than 31 July 2020.

To lead a project your organisation must:

  • Be a UK-registered business of any size, a research organisation, public sector organisation, charity or academic institution
  • Carry out its project work in the UK
  • Intend to exploit the results in at least one UK industrial cluster

To collaborate with the lead organisation your organisation must:

  • Be a UK-registered business of any size, a research organisation, public sector organisation, charity or academic institution
  • Carry out its project work in the UK
  • Be invited to take part by the lead applicant to submit your project costs into the Innovation Funding Service

The lead organisation and one or more other organisations must claim funding.

Your project can include partners that do not receive any of this competition’s funding, for example non-UK businesses. Their costs will count towards the total eligible project costs.

Innovate UK have allocated up to £1million to fund innovation projects in phase 1 of this competition across both strands (roadmaps and deployment).

Organisations that are primarily engaged in commercial/economic activity (ie selective advantage) as part of the project must ensure their request for funding does not exceed the limits defined below. This is inclusive of organisations that typically act non-economically but for the purpose of this project with be undertaking commercial/economic activity.

These projects are categorised as feasibility study projects, therefore you could receive funding for your eligible project costs of:

  • Up to 70% if you are a micro or small business
  • Up to 60% if you are a medium-sized business
  • Up to 50% if you are a large business

The research or public sector organisations in your consortium can share up to 30% of the total eligible project costs. If your consortium contains more than one research organisation or public sector organisation, this maximum is shared between them.

Innovate UK are not funding solutions that do not align with the ISCF Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge programme objectives or BEIS Industrial Clusters mission.

Cresco Innovation works with companies to develop and implement innovation strategies. We help client companies identify opportunities to develop new products and services, and then create a package of support to ensure that the idea is turned into a commercial reality.

Our services include securing grants (as a team we have raised around £40million over three years), business planning, IP advice, access to finance and funders, project management and IP commercialisation support.

We regularly act as the interface with the funding bodies and help clients ensure that their projects are properly managed to ensure the best outcome for all.

Call to find out more

If you’d like to know more about this competition, please give us a call on 01509 261182 and one of our team will be delighted to help you access this funding opportunity for your business.