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ISCF decarbonisation of industrial clusters: roadmaps

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Funding details
Registration opens
28 Oct 2019, 00:00
Registration closes
04 Dec 2019, 00:00
04 Dec 2019, 00:00
Your project’s total eligible Phase I costs must be between £40,000 and £120,000. Up to 70% of costs can be covered. Successful projects will be eligible for Phase 2, which has up to £8m total funding.
Innovate UK

Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, is seeking to invest up to £1 million, split across 2 competition strands, to support collaborative projects to plan their route to cluster decarbonisation as part of the Industrial Decarbonisation challenge of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF).

This is the first phase of a 2-phase competition. Phase 2 is dependent on the success of phase 1. Only successful applicants from phase 1 will be invited to take part in phase 2.

In phase 1 you must develop a plan setting out your proposed approach to phase 2. In phase 2 up to £8 million will be awarded for the development of industrial cluster decarbonisation roadmaps for major UK industrial clusters. These must set out how a cluster could be decarbonised to net-zero levels, in line with the Industrial Clusters Mission.

There is a separate deployment strand running at the same time as this one. It is focused on projects to deliver or support the delivery of significant emissions reductions in industrial clusters. You can apply for both strands. There will be additional funding for each strand in phase 2.

Your project’s total eligible costs must be between £40,000 and £120,000. We want projects to start as soon as possible and can last between 3 and 4 months, however, we require projects to finish no later than 31 July 2020.

We encourage you to collaborate with other organisations. Your organisation can apply alone, but must demonstrate how it will collaborate within a cluster.

Lead organisation

To lead a project your organisation must:

  • be a UK registered business of any size, a research organisation, public sector organisation, charity or academic institution
  • carry out its project work in the UK
  • intend to exploit the results in at least one UK industrial cluster

Project team (where applicable)

To collaborate with the lead organisation your organisation must:

  • be a UK registered business of any size, a research organisation, public sector organisation, charity or academic institution
  • carry out its project work in the UK
  • be invited to take part by the lead applicant to submit your project costs into the Innovation Funding Service

The lead organisation and one or more other organisations must claim funding.

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 total eligible project costs.

Your proposal must explain how in phase 1 you will develop a plan setting out your proposed approach to phase 2. This phase 1 proposal must:

  • demonstrate how you will develop and apply the systems thinking, capability, tools and evidence required to identify and assess technical, economic, environmental and social needs and impacts in your
  • cluster decarbonisation roadmap
  • demonstrate how you will work with a variety of industries and stakeholders across the cluster
  • demonstrate how you will develop methodologies to assess, and evidence on, the feasibility, costs, benefits, requirements and risks of different 2030 decarbonisation and 2040 net-zero options for UK industrial clusters
  • demonstrate how you will allow for the importance of replicable solutions
  • demonstrate how you will consider wider cross-economy decarbonisation choices and scenarios as part of your roadmap

We are looking to fund a portfolio of projects, across a variety of industrial cluster locations, organisations, and approaches.

If you want help to find a project partner, contact Peter Clark at the Knowledge Transfer Network.

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