Current Opportunities in Low Carbon sector

Here are a list of opportunities currently available for organisations working in the low carbon sector. You can keep up to date with the latest opportunities by joining our Innovative Low Carbon Mailing list. Find out more here.

Solutions needed: Innovative ideas sought for Veolia’s challenges

The VIA by Veolia program is the group’s Open Innovation program and has two main objectives. The first is the search for innovative technical solutions that can contribute to improving Veolia’s operational performance. The second is linked to the group’s growth plan and the desire to offer our customers new offers. In both cases, they seek to establish partnerships with startups or innovative companies. There are four calls for solutions currently open for response on various issues around waste management.

Deadlines vary depending on the call.

Read more here.

Carbon Emissions Reduction Fund

Ofgem’s Energy Industry Voluntary Redress Scheme has launched its new Carbon Emissions Reduction Fund which will support charity initiatives that reduce the climate change impact associated with energy use. 

The fund awards grants between £50,000 and £500,000 to projects that: demonstrate measurable and lasting reductions in the carbon intensity of energy end use and accelerate the transition to net zero carbon; show a realistic prospect of delivering broadly replicable benefits to existing and/or future energy consumers; and proved to be efficiently managed throughout the project.

The closing date for applications is 11 February. 

KTN iX latest opportunities

KTN-iX provides you with the opportunity to become directly linked to, or collaborate with, key industry stakeholders who are actively seeking the most innovative solutions to help them achieve their full potential. Lots of new challenges were posted just before Christmas, and several of them are looking for low carbon solutions.

Check out the latest batch of opportunities.

Faraday Battery Challenge Investment Readiness Programme Launch

If you’re an SME in the electric vehicle battery sector and want to hone your pitch to investors, get a better understanding of the funding cycle and be more confident in delivering your story, you need to apply to KTN and the Faraday Battery Challenge Investment Readiness Programme

The four-month Programme is tailor-made for the electric vehicle battery sector and will help up to 25 selected SMEs prepare to present and connect to potential investors.

The Foundation Industries: large collaborative R&D projects

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £8 million for research and development projects to improve the productivity and competitiveness of UK foundation industries (cement, glass, paper, chemicals, ceramics, metals). 

This competition aims to bring foundation industry sector businesses together with their immediate supply chain and equipment providers. Together they will work on common resource and energy efficiency challenges, with reducing emissions a key part of all funded projects. 

The deadline to apply is 10 March.

ATF: moving the UK automotive sector to zero emissions

UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £7 million for economic or technical feasibility studies to support scale up of the UK’s high-value electrified automotive supply chain.

Your project must meet at least one of the following objectives specifically for the automotive sector: (1) the economic feasibility of developing large-scale manufacturing facilities in the UK which must take up to 6 months to complete, or (2) the technical feasibility of developing advanced manufacturing processes or scaling up product manufacturing which must take up to 12 months complete. 

The deadline for applications is 27 January.

ATF: Expression of interest

In another ATF related competition, EOIs are now invited for proposals for projects that support the industrialisation of a high-value, electrified automotive supply at scale in the UK. Applications can be for R&D or capital (or both) and the main focus of the activities are around batteries, fuel cells, power electronics and recycling materials.

The deadline for this EOI stage is 20 January. 

Eureka Eurostars 2: round 15

UK SMEs can apply for a share of up to £2.5 million to collaborate in research with partners across Europe and associated countries. The fund is aimed at SMEs working on high-quality R&D projects across national borders. 

Eurostars supports SMEs in leading international collaborative research and innovation projects by helping them get access to guidance and funding.

The deadline to apply is 4 February.

City Innovation Fund for Micro-mobility

Voi Technology has announced the launch of its City Innovation Fund, a $3-million USD commitment to support cities as they embrace safe, inclusive micro-mobility. 

The fund seeks to expand and grow promising private- and public-sector projects that improve road safety, parking, and the sustainability of micro-mobility vehicles and operations.

Voi hopes to supplement its own resources with additional external funds to ensure the greatest impact.