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Offshore Wind Accelerator – Black Startable Offshore Wind Turbines


The Black Startable Offshore Wind Turbines project is part of the Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) programme. The overall objective is to assess developments in existing and new (innovative) Black Start Solutions for offshore wind turbines.

A review of the existing markets has concluded that most offshore wind turbines are currently developed to Black Start (the process of restoring an electric generator or a part of an electric grid that is completely de-energised back to operation without relying on an external power source) themselves and provide their own auxiliary power but little work has been done to develop them to energise an islanded grid and export power in order to black start an offshore platform.

Developers would like to understand the capabilities of WTGs in this regard so they can reduce reliance on diesel generators to cut CO2 emissions and reduce operating costs. At the same time, organisations responsible for the transmission system
recognise that some carbon based generators, traditionally used for black start services, are approaching end of life closure. With the increasing move to renewable generation, it would be prudent to plan for some of this to be capable of Black Start or at least of supporting other generators to speed up restoration times.

This competition aims to identify, qualify and de-risk innovative, cost effective, maintenance-friendly, reliable and low carbon Solutions that develop Black Start technologies for offshore wind

Sponsorship can be requested in whatever form you need to assist your initiative. The most common is obviously financial support, but if you need a test site to trial a Solution then a good initiative at sufficient TRL might find a sponsor. The competition is not necessarily limited to a single winner. Sponsorship will be based on merit for each initiative and there may be several promising applications taken forward. The Scottish Government and the nine OWA developer partners are providing up to £300,000 to support successful innovative solutions.

More information here

Submit an EOI by March 3rd. Download details on how to do this, here


CAN DO Fund Scottish Water: Water treatment for organic rich surface waters.

Organisations can apply for a share of up to £450,000 to develop ideas for treating high organic surface water at point of use.
Scottish Water is being supported in this competition by the Can Do Innovation Challenge Fund.

The aim of this competition is to fund up to 5 feasibility studies to explore the development of a point-of-use water treatment system. It must consistently deliver water from high organic surface waters with no risk to human health. It must also be cost effective and low maintenance.

Scotland has more than 10,000 water supplies that serve only one household. It has another 20,000 supplies that serve a population of fewer than 50 people. The performance and capabilities of household drinking water treatment technology vary depending on the quality of the incoming raw water.

There is a briefing event for potential applicants to find out more information, on 6 March 2018 in Edinburgh. Register to attend here:

For more information, click here 

• Competition opens: Monday 12 February 2018
• Registration closes: Wednesday 18 April 2018 12:00pm


CAN DO Fund - Scottish Water: Water treatment for organic rich surface waters.

This CAN DO innovation challenge is aimed at organisations who want to work with NHS Highland on de-risking infection arising from the "pre-cleaning process for reusable surgical instruments". NHS Highlands seeks a solution to reduce the risks of contamination of aquatic environments by hospital waste waters from this process.

To register your interest in the opportunity and find out more about what's required, you can register for a briefing event in Edinburgh on March 6th, by clicking here


Construction Scotland Innovation Centre - Funding Opportunities

Supported by Scottish Funding Council, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands & Islands Enterprise and 13 Scottish university partners, the CSIC can provide businessES with a ‘one-stop shop’ for accessing a team of experts and public support.

Singapore Water Challenge Calls

Singapore PUB has set aside S$30 million to develop projects in water and used water treatment, industrial water solutions and smart technologies.

They have launched 3 Requests for Proposals (RFP) under the Competitive Research Programme (Water) to develop and translate water technologies to enhance resource efficiencies, specifically energy, water and operational efficiencies. These aim to encourage industry technology providers and researchers to build on existing innovative technologies to address industry challenges and develop them into commercial products that will meet operational needs through testing under actual operating conditions.

(i) RFP 1801 - Directed Call on Enhancing Energy Efficiency in Water and Used Water Treatment Processes through Technology Translation

This targets two specific approaches in enhancing energy efficiency of water and used water treatment processes:

a) To reduce energy consumption of desalination through biomimicry

b) To achieve energy self-sufficient water reclamation plants from a total system perspective through Anaerobic Membrane Bioreactors incorporating the Anammox process, and/or other innovative nutrients removal/recovery process.

(ii) RFP 1802 - Directed Call on Enhancing Water Efficiency through Industrial Water Solutions

The main objective is to enhance water efficiency through water consumption reduction of at least 300 m3/day or 5% of the water consumption, whichever is higher, within industries through water recycling or reduction.


(iii) RFP 1803 - Directed Call on Enhancing Operational Efficiency through Smart Technologies

The main objective is to enhance operational efficiency by leveraging smart technologies (such as robotics, drones, automation, data analytics and informatics, video analytics, etc) to minimise manpower required in PUB’s operation and maintenance.

The deadline for the proposal submission is 13 March 2018. Please visit NRF’s Integrated Grants Management System website for more details on the application procedures and proposal submissions.

Scottish Development International aim to attend the information briefing in Singapore on 26 January. So if you want more information and detailed factsheets of each call, please contact


National Grid System Operator Call

the National Grid System Operator (SO) invites you to participate in the upcoming Open Innovation Day. Visit the website for more details.

The SO wants to partner with industry and academia to develop projects that address innovation priorities across the GB gas and electricity systems. Up to £1m is available for the top projects. The streamlined funding application is open now and closes on 28 February. Applicants that pass the first selection round will be invited to develop ideas into fully resourced project proposals alongside the SO’s subject matter experts

The SO’s Open Innovation Day focuses on five of our 16 innovation priorities:
1. Developing Distribution System Operators (DSOs) & whole system operability
2. Enhancing visibility of Distributed Energy Resources
3. Unlocking Flexibility
4. Embracing gas specification diversity
5. Enabling more non-synchronous connections

These priorities are outlined in the first ever SO Innovation Strategy that was released last week, and are also on the SO Innovation website.

Key dates
• 08 Feb – Application opens
• 28 Feb – Application closes
• 09 Mar – Successful applications informed
• 23 Mar – Open Innovation Day
• 01 Apr – Selected projects delivered

For more information on the event and the SO’s innovation priorities, and to apply to participate, visit the website.


Innovative Low-Carbon Scottish Energy Project Fund

A new £60 million fund for innovative low-carbon Scottish energy projects is now open for application.

Projects which deliver low carbon heating solutions, integrated energy systems, and ultra-low emission vehicle charging infrastructure will be able to apply for up to £100,000 to develop investment-ready business cases. Subsequently, financial support of up to 50% of the total capital value of a project - up to a maximum of £10 million per project - is available for capital–ready projects.

Scottish Environment Minister Roseanna Cunningham, officially launch the fund at an event on Monday 22nd January 2018 at Scotland House in London. The grants are being made available through the LCITP programme, an initiative that has already offered over £40 million of funding to 16 low carbon demonstrator projects supporting low carbon energy generation and supported the co-development of over 30 proof of concept and development proposals in support of the Scottish Governments Energy Strategy. For more details on the projects supported click here

Projects must be based in Scotland and be able to be fully operational by September 2021.

Details of how to apply are not yet clear but will be posted here. For more details on the LCITP click here

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New Charging Systems for Electric Vehicles

Organisations can apply for a share of £80,000 to examine how low-carbon and smart electric vehicle charging infrastructure could be introduced in Edinburgh.

The City of Edinburgh Council has up to £80,000 to invest in studies that look at how smart energy systems and renewable energy could be integrated into a future mass-market electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

A further £200,000 could be available to prototype the best ideas in a second phase of the competition.

Funding for this competition is made available by Innovate UK under the SBRI (Small Business Research Initiative) programme. In this competition, Edinburgh is seeking projects that combine on-site generation of renewable energy, battery storage and smart meters with innovative software systems to control everything. Its aim is to have financially self-sustaining, closed-loop vehicle charging systems, with smart grid and vehicle-to-grid capabilities.

  • the competition opens on 4 December 2017, and the deadline for registration is midday on 7 February 2018
  • SBRI is open to any organisation that can demonstrate a route to market for its idea
  • we expect phase 1 contracts to be worth up to £20,000 and to last up to 6 months
  • phase 2 contracts could be worth up to £100,000
  • successful projects will attract 100% funded development contracts

This is phase 1 of a potential 2 phase competition. A decision to proceed with phase 2 will depend on the outcomes from the first phase. Only successful applicants from phase 1 will be able to take part in phase 2. Up to 4 projects of duration up 6 months are anticipated in Phase 1.

To lead a project, you can:

  • be an organisation of any size
  • work alone or with others (businesses, research base and third sector

For more information on the opportunity click here

 Electric Vehicle Charging, Sustainable Energy Solutions

Organisations can apply for funding to develop an integrated and scalable low carbon electric vehicle charging solution. The competition will run in 2 phases.

For more information on this competition, guidance and deadlines for applications, click here

Bridging for Innovators Funding Programme

The STFC has launched the Bridging for Innovators (B4I) funding programme to support UK Industry to improve productivity and overcome production issues. The funding forms part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF), the government’s £4.7 billion support for R&D over the next four years providing significant investment for industry-led, multi-disciplinary research and business/academic collaboration

B4I is designed to help companies overcome difficult product, manufacturing or process performance issues by leveraging more than £2b worth of existing government investment in large scale scientific infrastructure.

This programme offers funding to enable companies to work with STFC’s advanced analytical technologies, supporting expertise and capabilities based in STFC’s large scale science facilities located at the various campuses around the UK, including Harwell and Daresbury.

B4I, is not intended to fund activities in areas such as product development or fundamental research.

For more information click here

 Competition opens: Tuesday 28 November 2017

  • Competition closes: Wednesday 31 January 2018 12:00pm

Infrastructure Systems

Competition opens: Tuesday 28 November 2017
Competition closes: Wednesday 31 January 2018 12:00pm

Innovate UK is to invest up to £19 million in innovation projects to encourage UK business growth in manufacturing and materials or infrastructure systems. We want businesses to collaborate on new integrated solutions and business models.

There will be:

  • up to £5 million for projects up to 12 months
    up to £14 million for projects between 13 and 36 months

A further £16 million is available to fund Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs).

This competition has 2 strands; this is the Infrastructure Systems strand. The other strand is Manufacturing and Materials.

An eligible project, in infrastructure systems must show significant innovation in one or more of Innovate's priority areas, which are:

  • smart infrastructure
    connected transport
    urban living

Proposals must improve business growth and productivity or create export opportunities for at least one UK SME involved in the project.

Projects should range in size from total costs of £25,000 to £3 million. Projects must last between 3 months and 3 years.


To be eligible for funding you must:

  • be a UK-based business, university or research and technology organisation (RTO)
  • carry out your project work, and intend to exploit the results, in the UK

All projects must involve an SME. SMEs can be the sole applicant on a project lasting less than a year and with costs below £100,000. In all other cases projects must involve at least 2 collaboration partners.

Any one business or RTO may lead on one application and partner in a further 2 applications.

If an RTO is:

  • the lead on an application they must have 2 business collaborators (one SME, and one other business of any size)
  • not the lead on any application, they can be a partner in any number of applications

Academics cannot lead on an application but can be a collaborator in any number of applications.

If an application is unsuccessful, you can use the feedback received to apply once more to have the same project funded (in other words, you can make a maximum of 2 applications in total for any project).

If Innovate UK judges that your project is not materially different from a project you have submitted before, it will be classed as a resubmission.

When Innovate UK assesses whether a project is in scope, we will use the terms and definitions laid out in the ‘Scope’ section.

The research organisations in your consortium may share up to 30% of the total eligible project costs.

If you applied to a previous competition as the lead or sole company and were awarded funding by Innovate UK, but did not make a substantial effort to exploit that award, we will award no more funding to you, in this or any other competition. You will not be able to contest our decision. We will:

  • assess your efforts in the previous competition against your exploitation plan for that project
  • review the monitoring officers’ reports and any other relevant sources for evidence
  • document our decision, which will be made by 3 team members
  • communicate our decision to you in writing


As part of this competition, Innovate will also accept applications for KTPs in all disciplines and applications that can be considered to be within infrastructure systems. That includes applications beyond the defined scope of this specific competition.

Mor information and to apply for this competition, Click Here



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