Bilateral UK and US offshore wind R&D programme
Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £1.5 million in UK companies partnering with US consortia to work on projects as part of the $40 million US National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium programme (NOWRDC).
Nine challenge areas have been identified which aim to reduce the cost and risk of offshore wind development projects throughout the US.
This is the expression of interest phase of the UK competition. There are 3 phases:
- UK expression of interest (EoI): applications are reviewed by Innovate UK.
- NOWRDC application: UK applicants join a US-based consortium to apply via the NYSERDA solicitation process.
- UK full stage competition: you will be invited to apply only if you are successful in this UK EoI phase.
You must have a successful application in this UK EoI before you can be invited to apply to the UK full stage competition (phase 3).
UK lead organisation
When you apply to the full stage Innovate UK competition your application must have a UK lead to claim funding from Innovate UK and manage the UK deliverables within the US project. Your EoI application also needs a lead partner.
You can choose to be the only UK partner in a US-led collaborative project or collaborate with other UK partners. To be the only UK partner, you must be a UK registered SME.
To lead the UK application your organisation must:
- be a UK registered business of any size or a research and technology organisation (RTO)
- collaborate with other UK registered businesses, research organisations, public sector organisations or charities
- include at least one UK registered micro, small or medium-sized enterprise (SME) in your consortium
Academic institutions cannot lead or work alone.
UK organisations cannot lead an application to NYSERDA (phase 2).
UK project team
To collaborate with the UK lead organisation your organisation must be invited to take part by the lead applicant, and enter its costs in the Innovation Funding Service.
You can add partners to the main UK competition application (phase 3) that you have not included in this EoI application.
The UK part of 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 UK total eligible project costs.
If invited to apply for the UK full stage competition, your combined UK total eligible project costs must be between £150,000 and £600,000.
Projects must start by 1 November 2020 and end by 31 December 2022. They must last between 12 and 24 months.
To be awarded funding in the UK full stage competition you must be part of a US consortium that has been awarded funding through the NYSERDA solicitation process.
Expression of interest proposal
The aim of this competition is to fund UK organisations to work collaboratively with a US consortium, to reduce the technical barriers faced by offshore wind developers, original equipment manufacturers and the supply chain. The focus is on reducing barriers that stop the use of offshore wind technologies, including cost.
UK applications to be involved in US projects must meet the NYSERDA scope, one or more of the 3 ‘research pillars’ and one or more of the 9 challenge areas outlined below.
To help UK applicants find US partners and projects, NYSERDA, Innovate UK and the KTN will run online matchmaking events.
Your project must focus on one or more of the 3 research pillars outlined in the US National Offshore Wind Roadmap:
- Offshore wind plant technology advancement.
- Offshore wind power resource and physical site characterisation.
- Installation, operations and maintenance, and supply chain.
Your project must also focus on one or more of the challenge areas outlined in the current NYSERDA solicitation at the time you apply to Innovate UK and to NYSERDA. Future versions of the NYSERDA solicitation may add, amend or remove challenge areas. It is your responsibility to ensure your project is relevant to at least one active challenge area on the day you apply.
There are currently 9 NYSERDA challenge areas:
- Array performance and control optimisation.
- Cost-reducing turbine support structures for the US market.
- Floating structure mooring concepts for shallow and deep waters.
- Power system design and innovation.
- Comprehensive wind resource assessment.
- Development of a metocean reference site.
- Heavy lift vessel alternatives.
- Offshore wind digitisation through advanced analytics.
- Technology solutions to accelerate US supply chain.
We will fund feasibility studies, industrial research and experimental development, as defined in the general guidance. We are not funding projects which involve fundamental research.
For help with your application, contact John Ransford, Knowledge Transfer Manager, Energy.