Energy Catalyst

The Energy Catalyst has been established by the Technology Strategy Board, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). Funding up to £25m is available for the first round, opening in May 2014. The Energy Catalyst supports businesses and research organisations, including academia, to respond to challenges across the energy sector. It will fund projects delivering innovative solutions that address all elements of the energy ‘trilemma’.

The Energy Catalyst can fund projects from early concept stage through to pre-commercial technology validation, based upon innovation that incorporates, for example:

  • New technologies or enhancement of existing technologies
  • Components, sub-systems or systems
  • Integrated whole system approaches
  • Enabling technologies for the energy system

Three categories of grant are available:

1. Early-Stage Award: Technical Feasibility
These projects will explore and evaluate the technical potential of an early-stage idea or concept through technical feasibility studies (including, for example, pre-industrial research at a small scale).
Key features:

  • Single-stage application process
  • Projects must be led by either an SME (acting either individually or collaboratively) or by a research organisation (collaborating with business)
  • Duration: up to 12 months
  • Total project costs: up to £300k
  • Total research partner costs: must not exceed 50% of the total project costs
  • Business partner funding: up to 75% of their total project costs for SMEs or 65% for larger companies

2. Mid-stage awards: Technology development
These projects will take innovative ideas forward through the technology development stage by conducting industrial research and development (including, for example, laboratory studies, testing, verification and evaluation in simulated environments).

Key features:

  • Two-stage application process: expression of interest followed by full proposals from invited applicants
  • Projects must be collaborative and business-led
  • Duration: up to 36 months
  • Total project costs: up to £3m
  • Total research partner costs: must not exceed 30% of the total project costs
  • Business partner funding: up to 60% of their total project costs for  SMEs or 50% for larger companies

3. Late-stage awards: Pre-commercial technology validation
These projects will demonstrate and evaluate the capability and performance of innovative technologies through pre-commercial technology validation (including, for example, prototype and pilot testing including field trials in realistic operating environments).

Key features:

  • two stage application process: expression of interest followed by full proposals from invited applicants
  • projects must be collaborative and business-led
  • duration: up to 36 months
  • total project costs: up to £10m
  • total research partner costs: must not exceed 30% of the total project costs
  • business partner funding: up to 35% for SMEs or 25% for larger companies

The Energy Catalyst welcomes proposals from any sector and applicants can apply for funding for any stage of award at any time.

Download our factsheet: Energy Catalyst – Round 1 PNO.pdf
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