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£55m Energy Project Funding

A number of Innovate UK funding opportunities are available for energy projects.

1. Energy Catalyst Round 7 - £22m

Energy Catalyst is focused on the needs of poor households, businesses and services in sub-Saharan Africa or South Asia. The competition will fund the development of any energy technology that helps to solve the energy trilemma (lower energy cost, lower emissions and improved security of energy supply) whilst also being targeted at people who are unable to afford or access existing solutions, or who lack the time or expertise to successfully use those solutions.

Competition opens: 17 June 2019
Competition closes: 18 September 2019

Find out more on the Innovate UK website.

2. ISCF Detailed Designs for Smart Local Energy Systems - £30m

This competition will fund world-leading smart energy system designs which focus on a specific UK location. These designs must encompass new business models and market structures that intelligently link supply, distribution, storage and demand patterns across power, heating and transport.

Competition opens: 7 May 2019
Competition closes: 7 August 2019

Find out more on the Innovate UK website.

3. PFER Innovation Accelerator - £3m

The Prospering from the Energy Revolution Innovation Accelerator will fund the development of components of an energy system. The scope of the competition, and what will be eligible, will be announced shortly.

Competition opens: July 2019

4. Prospering from the Energy Revolution Paris trip 10 - 14 November 2019

Join the UK Pavilion at the European Utilities Week exhibition and conference in Paris in November 2019. UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is organising a funded visit to Paris targeted at organisations associated with energy systems innovations.

The visit, which is taking place from 10-14 November 2019, will be funded by UKRI through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, Prospering from the Energy Revolution (PFER).

The four-day trip will include attendance at the European Utilities Week conference and exhibition with over 900 exhibitors and conference sessions taking place. They will select organisations with expertise in the following topics relevant to the PFER programme:

  • power generation, supply and storage
  • heating/cooling generation, supply and storage
  • energy for transport
  • digital integration and system optimisation
  • energy efficiency.

Travel, hotels and conference registration will be organised by UKRI on behalf of the successful applicants. Register to attend the trip by the 28 June 2019.

Find out more

Visit the Innovate UK website to find out more.

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£25m Innovate UK Smart Grants

Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, is investing up to £25 million in the best game-changing or disruptive R&D innovations which have significant potential to impact on the UK economy.

All proposals must be business focused, rather than pure research. Applications can come from any area of technology (including arts, design, media or creative industries), science or engineering and be applied to any part of the economy.

Whilst they welcome projects that overlap with the Grand Challenge areas of the UK Industrial Strategy - artificial intelligence and data, ageing society, clean growth and future of mobility - they are also keen to support projects that are entirely outside of these.


  • Duration between 6 and 18 months: total eligible project costs between £25,000 and £500,000 (single company or collaboration).
  • Duration between 19 and 36 months: total eligible project costs between £25,000 and £2 million (collaboration only).

Closing date

This competition closes on 24 July 2019 at 12 noon.

Find out more

Visit the Innovate UK website to find out more.

£98m Healthy Ageing Challenge

As part of the UK government’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, the Healthy Ageing Challenge asks industry and researchers to develop products and services to support an ageing society.

The number of people over 75 in the UK today is one in 12. By 2040, it will rise to one in seven. We're also living for longer and a third of children born now are expected to live to 100.

This presents a challenge to health services, but it is also an opportunity for businesses and researchers who can help people to stay active and productive as they age.

The Healthy Ageing Challenge will support UK government’s mission to ensure people can enjoy at least five extra healthy, independent years of life by 2035, and will support people to stay in their homes for longer, tackle loneliness, and increase independence and wellbeing.


Up to £98 million will be invested in research and innovation that supports people as they age.

A number of funding and partnership opportunities will be available from mid-2019 onwards for UK-based researchers and businesses.

Find out more

Visit the UK Research and Innovation website to find out more and keep up to date with funding opportunities.