Smart Local Energy Systems (2x grants available from the Innovation Funding Service)
Deadline: 25th July 2018, 12pm for both
1) Concepts and design
UK Research and Innovation will invest up to £1.5 million to fund revolutionary concept and design studies for new, smarter approaches to local energy. These approaches must aim to provide cleaner, cheaper energy services for UK consumers in the 2020s while helping make communities more prosperous and resilient. Designs must combine new and existing energy technologies with:
•new market and regulatory solutions, such as for energy trading
They must create scalable and replicable business models, ready for investment in the early 2020s. The best projects will be invited to develop their ideas further in a future competition as part of the Prospering from the Energy Revolution Programme.
UK organisations can apply for a share of up to £40 million to develop world-class smart local energy system demonstrators. Eligibility:To lead a project you must be a UK-based:
•business of any size
•academic organisation or higher education institute
•public sector organisation (such as a local authority) or
•research and technology organisation (RTO)
- All projects must be collaborative and include:
•at least one micro, small or medium-sized enterprise (SME)
•at least one university, higher education institution, RTO (including Catapults), or public sector organisation
•local authority or equivalent organisations
Cooperating on increasing the share of renewable energy supply and demand in North-West Europe
Closing Date: July 31st 2018
The Interreg North-West Europe Programme invites public and private organisations to submit applications in the framework of a targeted call for proposals on “increasing the capacity of renewable energy in North-West Europe” for the 2014-2020 period.
Go to http://www.nweurope.eu/about-the-programme/ for more general information.
European Research Council: Advanced Grants
Deadline: 30th August 2018
This is for long-term funding to pursue a ground-breaking, high-risk project. Applicants - called Principal Investigators (PI) - are expected to be active researchers who have a track-record of significant research achievements in the last 10 years.
Applications for an ERC grant must be submitted by the PI in conjunction with and on behalf of their Host Institution, called the applicant legal entity. Grants are awarded to the Host Institution with the explicit commitment that this institution offers appropriate conditions for the Principal Investigator independently to direct the research and manage its funding for the duration of the project.
Find out more and apply at https://erc.europa.eu/node/1345.
H2020: Energy Call
Deadline: 4th September 2018
As well as technology innovation, the Horizon 2020 Energy Calls for Proposals offer funding for activities related to the market uptake of energy technologies e.g. for public authorities to develop, finance and implement ambitious sustainable energy policies and plans. Proposals must usually involve a minimum of three organisations from three different Member States or Associated Countries. Many funded projects involve organisations from all aspects of the supply chain in order to demonstrate a route to commercialisation.
A full list of call topics can be found at https://bit.ly/2llKt1B.
To read more and apply for funding, visit https://bit.ly/2q4m5R4.
Integrated Regional Energy Systems
Competitive R&D funding scheme, supported by Scotland Europa and HIE!
Project outline deadline: 11th September 2018.
It is a huge opportunity. Support to Scottish companies and organisations will be available through a call process using a collaborative approach to the development of the energy systems by providing grants for research and demonstration of localised energy solutions.
Scottish companies will have to submit applications for projects with partners from at least one other participating country. Applicants from Scotland apply to SE in the first instance, for selection. Then the full application is split into the SE application (for the Scottish fund) and the ERA Net application (for the European fund).
For more information, visit http://www.eranet-smartenergysystems.eu/Calls/Regsys_Calls/RegSYS_Joint_Call_2018.
Santander Universities SME Internship Programme - Grants to employ a Heriot-Watt Graduate
The Santander Universities SME Internship Programme offers SMEs a subsidy to part-pay the costs of employing a final year undergraduate, postgraduate student or graduate (within two years of graduation), on a fixed term project – usually 12 weeks - identified by you, the company.
The programme is open to any small and medium sized UK company with between 2 - 250 employees and a turnover of less than £50m, which can define a three month full-time or maximum sixteen week part-time placement project suitable for a student or graduate to work on in-house.
More information at https://www.santanderuniversities.co.uk/enterprise/learn/SME-internships
If you are interested please send an EOI to K.Beattie@hw.ac.uk