Energy Catalyst

The Energy Catalyst programme is a recurring programme to support highly innovative, market-focused solutions that aim to address the global need for clean, affordable and secure energy. The competition is open to any UK organisation and may also include international partners. The programme covers early stage research (technical feasibility studies) through to industrial research and piloting. Projects can last up to 3 years, with total costs ranging from £50,000 to £10 million depending on the research maturity. Interested? Feel free to contact us.

Goal of the programme

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

Grant categories and eligibility

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 are:

  • 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 are:

  • 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 are:

  • 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

Need help?

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