Zero Emission Vessels and Infrastructure (ZEVI) Competition

UK SHORE and Innovate UK are delivering £77 million in match-funding to support high TRL research in close to commercial clean maritime technology. Funding will be made available to cover the construction and set-up of projects until March 2025, with project partners covering all costs of 3 years demonstrations in an operational environment until March 2028.



Competition closes: 19 April 2023, 11am

Invite to interview: 15 May 2023 (interviews held 7-21 June)

Applicants notified: 17 July 2023

Project start date & duration: 1 October 2023 (up to 20 months – all grant funding claimed by 31 March 2025)


The ZEVI competition is funding multi year demonstrations across 3 strands:

  • Strand 1: Battery electric vessels and charging infrastructure
  • Strand 2: Shore power technologies, shore-side and vessel-side (this strand)
  • Strand 3: Alternative fuel vessels and refuelling infrastructure

The aim of this competition is to fund:

  • 100% battery electric vessels
  • alternative fuel vessels
  • vessel energy efficiency technology, such as wind assistance
  • vessel charging infrastructure
  • shore power and corresponding vessel technology
  • alternative fuel refuelling infrastructure for vessels

Your proposal must build, deploy and operate novel clean maritime technologies focussed on on-vessel technologies and related shoreside infrastructure including at ports, harbours and offshore.

Specific Themes

Your project can focus on one or more of the following:

  • domestic green corridors
  • ferry services, including between islands and on inland waterways


You must:

  • Demonstrate all funded vessels and infrastructure for 3 years, at your own cost, ending 31 March 2028.
  • Engage with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) during the project.
  • Be a UK registered business of any size to lead a project, a ship owner or manufacturer or operator (ship as defined in the Merchant Shipping Act (MSA) 1995 Section 313(1)), or an infrastructure owner or operator, such as a port or windfarm
  • The lead must collaborate with a UK registered infrastructure owner or operator if you are a ship owner, manufacturer or operator, or collaborate with a UK registered ship owner, manufacturer or operator if you are an infrastructure owner or operator
  • Other collaborators can include other UK registered businesses, academic institutions, charities, not for profits, public sector organisations and research and technology organisations (RTO).
  • Subcontractors can be used (with justification) and preferably UK-based.


  • Total project costs between £3 million and £40 million. Total grant request must not exceed £20 million.
  • Funding can be requested for capital project costs and non-capital R&D costs.
  • Maximum intervention rate on capital equipment purchases is 80% grant for the project duration.

For  Industrial Research you could get funding for your eligible project costs of:

  • up to 70% if you are a micro or small organisation
  • up to 60% if you are a medium-sized organisation
  • up to 50% if you are a large organisation

For Experimental Development you could get funding for your eligible project costs of:

  • up to 45% if you are a micro or small organisation
  • up to 35% if you are a medium-sized organisation
  • up to 25% if you are a large organisation

Research organisations can share up to 5% of the total eligible project costs.

How PNO can support you

The UK team has a strong track record in securing some of the most competitive national and European grants on behalf of its clients, with a full understanding of how a project should be presented to stand the highest chance of success. With our extensive experience and through careful project selection and using key insight into how a project should be best positioned, we consistently achieve success rates that are more than 5 times the typical success rates for UK and EU programmes.

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