UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £12 million for creative, new and improved sustainable maritime projects. This funding is from The Department for Transport.
- Entries open: Wednesday, 25 May 2022
- Entries close: Wednesday 13 July 2022 at 11:00 am
The Department for Transport, alongside Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, are seeking to invest £12 million in innovative feasibility studies and pre-deployment projects. This funding is part of a suite of interventions that the UK Shipping Office Reducing Emissions (UK SHORE) will be launching. UK SHORE wants the UK to be a global leader in designing and manufacturing clean and sustainable maritime technology.
The Clean Maritime Demonstration Round 2 funding has two strands:
- Strand 1: Clean Maritime Demonstration Funding Round 2 – Feasibility
- Strand 2: Clean Maritime Demonstration Funding Round 2 – Collaborative R&D (the information presented here relates to this strand)
You are responsible for submitting your application to the correct strand for your project. You will not be able to transfer your application, and it will not be sent for assessment if it doesn’t fulfil the proper criteria.
Funding is available in strand 2 to support agile development and pre-deployment testing of sustainable maritime technologies.
In applying for this funding, you are entering into a competitive process. Entries close at 11 am UK time on the deadline stated.
Who can apply
Your project must:
- Cost between £100,000 and £3 million
- End by 31 August 2023
- All project work conducted in the UK
- Intend to exploit the results from or in the UK
Your project can start by 1 January 2023.
To lead a project or your organisation must:
- be a UK registered business of any size,
- collaborate with other UK-registered organisations
To collaborate with the lead organisation, your partner organisation must be one of the following:
- business of any size
- academic institution
- not for profit
- public sector organisation
- research and technology organisation (RTO)
Subcontractors can be from anywhere in the UK, and you must select them through your usual procurement process.
Number of applications
There is no limit on how many applications an organisation can submit in this competition, either as a lead or a partner.
If you are involved in more than one submission, you must clearly state in your application how all projects can be resourced and delivered if successful.
Your project can focus on one or more of the following technology themes.
Prioritised technology themes:
- pilot fuel-free hydrogen internal combustion engine technologies for maritime applications
- whole-ship energy efficiency design and integration
- the safe onboard storage of hydrogen and ammonia
- larger (2.5 MegaWatt plus) marinised fuel cell systems
- small craft alternative for fuel bunkering and charging
Vessel low and zero emission technologies:
- Vessel propulsion and auxiliary engines, such as the battery, fuel cell, and internal combustion engines using low or zero carbon alternative fuels such as hydrogen, methanol or ammonia, including hybrids and engines capable of using multiple fuels, including zero emission options.
- Wind propulsion, including soft-sail, fixed-sail, rotor, kite and turbine technologies, targeting a range of ship types from small vessels to large cargo carriers, both as primary and auxiliary propulsion.
- Low carbon energy storage and management
- Physical connections to shoreside power or alternative fuels, including fuelling lines
- Enabling technologies such as motors, drives, sensors and power electronics
Port and shoreside, including offshore solutions:
- Shoreside low and zero carbon fuelling, including bunkering of such fuels
- Charging infrastructure and management
- Low and zero emission shoreside power solutions, such as enabling docked vessels to turn off their conventional power supply for ancillary systems
- Physical connections to shoreside power or alternative fuels, including fuelling lines
- Shoreside renewable energy generation at the port to supply vessels
- Zero emission shoreside power supply for ships, including grid or renewable energy supply
- Low carbon fuel production, such as hydrogen, methanol, ammonia
- Zero emission infrastructure, including stationary assets for freight handling and port operations
Projects NOT Included
There is no funding for projects that:
- Focus only on increasing the efficiency of current conventional fossil fuels and fossil fuel powertrains of maritime vessels
- Involve aquaculture
- Focus on marine conservation and ecology, such as mapping the seafloor
- Focus on autonomy and smart shipping
- Focus on on-vessel power generation and fuel production to reduce greenhouse gases (GHGs), for example, wind turbines, solar panels, synthetic fuel production
- Are for capital investment only
- Are investigating the feasibility of financial products, including green finance, except as part of projects for feasibility studies on international green corridors
- Focus on biofuels, except for projects strictly focused on inland waterway vessels and Non-Road Mobile Machinery (NRMM), which includes port-side machinery
- Focus on nuclear propulsion
- Are dependent on domestic inputs usage, for example, giving a subsidy to a vessel manufacturer on the condition that it uses 50% UK-sourced components in their product
- Are dependent on export performance, for example, giving a subsidy to a vessel manufacturer on the condition that it exports a certain quantity of vessels to another country
How To Apply
Before starting, you must read the guidance on applying for a competition on the Innovation Funding Service.
What you need to provide
The application covers three sections:
- Project details.
- Application questions.
For more information regarding the funding available, how to apply, and to submit your project – click here.
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