Competition for feasibility studies and development and demonstration funding

Wednesday, 31 October, 2012 - 15:00

The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and the Technology Strategy Board are to invest up to £ 11.2 million (about € 13.8 million) in technical feasibility studies, development and demonstration of component technologies, and knowledge transfer partnerships (KTP) to stimulate innovation in the UK offshore wind sector and to strengthen the supply chain.

Up to £ 7 million (€ 8.6 million) are available for the third round of DECC and the Technology Strategy Board’s offshore wind component technologies development and demonstration scheme. Applications to this scheme should be made to DECC and should seek to develop and demonstrate components across the offshore wind system. Applications will be welcomed from single businesses or consortia, including those not currently established in the UK or those seeking to expand into the offshore wind sector. Successful projects are expected to attract between about 25 and 60 % public funding, and may receive up to £ 4 million (€ 4.9 million) funding per project. This element of the competition opens in early November and the deadline for applications is noon on 16 January 2013.

Up to £ 3 million (€ 3.7 million) are available for technical feasibility studies lasting up to a year and applications should be made to the Technology Strategy Board. Projects must be led by a UK business and may be developed by a single company or be collaborative. They will attract up to 75 % public funding of up to £ 100k (€ 132.5k) for pre-industrial research. The competition for feasibility studies opens on 5 November 2012. The deadline for registration is noon on 9 January 2013, and the deadline for applications is noon on 16 January 2013.

Further funding of £ 1.2 million (€ 1.5 million) will be made available in a separate complementary targeted call for KTPs, co-funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), to support transfer of innovation ideas, capability, and knowledge into industry from academia. Details of this call are available here.

Complementary applications to the development and demonstration and feasibility competition and the targeted KTP call are welcomed, but organisations should ensure that their proposals can stand alone and are not dependent on both applications being successful. A briefing event will be held on 13 November 2012.

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