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.

Manufacturing made smarter: digital supply chain, feasibility studies and industrial research

UK registered businesses can apply for funding towards feasibility studies into digital technologies to transform supply chains in UK manufacturing.

Deadlines for the feasibility studies and the industrial research are both 7 October. 

Air Quality Grant Programme

Local authorities in England can now apply for the Air Quality Grant Scheme 2020 to 2021. In particular, Defra is looking for applications with projects designed to provide air quality benefits soon (in next 1 to 2 years) and that develop solutions over the longer term by increasing awareness and encouraging behaviour change.

Applications are due by 14 October.

Read more here.

APC 17: developing the UK’s low carbon automotive capability

Businesses can apply for a share of up to £27 million for UK-developed late-stage R&D, to support growth in advanced low carbon propulsion capability in the automotive sector. APC 17 is looking for projects that support the UK’s long-term capabilities through securing long-term R&D investment and projects that can be achieved through its associated supply chain in the design, build and manufacture of zero tailpipe emission vehicles.

Applications are required by 14 October.

Read more here.

Preparing for Future Clean Air Challenges

UKRI invites proposals for interdisciplinary research and innovation consortia under the second wave of the SPF Clean Air Programme. The aim of the second wave of SPF Clean Air Programme funding is to equip the UK to proactively tackle new and emerging air quality challenges related to changing emissions and exposure patterns and health impacts on groups of people most at risk.

The deadline to apply is 15 October.

Read more here.

Agri-tech catalyst round 10: agriculture and food systems- Early to Late stage

UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £2.5 million to work on agri-tech and food chain innovations in Africa. There are three stages you can apply for: early-stagemid-stage and late-stage.

Deadlines for all stages are 21st October.

The City Finance Lab calls on urban leaders to help build back better

Organised by sustainability expert South Pole, the competition for the most innovative financing solutions for city climate action is open and will run until 21 October 2020. Pitches for the City Finance Lab’s 2020 call for proposals can be submitted here.

Cities can lead the way in championing a green recovery, and in shaping our societies into ones that are sustainable, resilient, and inclusive. They have the most to gain from channelling finance into urban climate action – and the most to lose for failing to do so. This is why the City Finance Lab is launching its 2020 call for proposals to help increase investments in projects that turn pressing urban challenges into low-carbon opportunities.

Deadline 21st October 2020.

Read more here.

Decarbonising the energy supply at Antarctic research stations

This latest KTNiX competition is supporting the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) to identify solutions to innovation challenges. This current challenge relates to the need to deliver low carbon energy to meet the demands for power, space heating and hot water in a cold environment at Bird Island and Signy research stations on Antarctica, taking into consideration the ecologically sensitive environment.

Deadline 23rd October.

Read more here.

Decarbonising the fuel for polar vehicles at Sky Blu Logistics Facility

Another Antarctic KTN iX competition is also supporting the BAS to identify solutions to innovation challenges. This current challenge relates to the need to decarbonise the polar vehicles which clear the runway at the Sky Blu logistics facility.

Deadline 23rd October.

Read more here.

ISCF Transforming foundation industries: Building a resilient recovery

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of £8 million in grant funding for projects supporting recovery and growth of the UK’s foundation industries (including Glass, Metals, Cement, Ceramics, Bulk Chemicals and Paper). There is always a big focus on carbon reduction and management in these calls.

Deadline for this competition is the 4th November.

Sort and segregate nuclear waste: phase 1 (SBRI competition)

Organisations can apply for a share of £3.9 million, including VAT, to develop an autonomous, integrated toolkit to sort and segregate nuclear waste. 

Deadline is 11th November.

Future of UK Treescapes – call for proposals

UKRI (NERC, AHRC and ESRC) invite proposals for grants as part of the Future of UK Treescapes programme.

The call will support grants that address one or more of the programme’s themes:

  • Theme 1: Forms, functions and values of UK Treescapes
  • Theme 2: Opportunities, barriers and pathways for expansion of UK Treescapes
  • Theme 3: Resilience of UK Treescapes to global change

Deadline: Tuesday 8 December 2020.

Read more here.

EnviroGrant Funding on Offer to Local Community Groups in Birmingham

The EnviroGrant Scheme is now open for applications until 30 November to help Birmingham based community groups, societies and charities to improve the environment around them. Eligible groups can apply for grants up to £1,000 and a minimum of 10 groups will be awarded a piece of £10,000 pot.

Deadline 30 November.

Read more here.

Smart Innovation Hub: New Enterprise Base Camp

The New Enterprise Base Camp, run by Keele University, will commence in November 2020 and has been designed to support innovative and ambitious entrepreneurs and business owners that are in the early stages of their business life cycle through a fully-funded online masterclass, exclusively for those based in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire.

Read more here.

Green Homes Grant: make energy improvements to your home

If you’re a homeowner or residential landlord you can apply for a Green Homes Grant voucher towards the cost of installing energy efficient improvements to your home. Improvements could include insulating your home to reduce your energy use or installing low-carbon heating to lower the amount of carbon dioxide your home produces. The key measures that the vouchers will fund are associated with low carbon heating, rather than electricity. Please spread the word to your friends, relatives, neighbours and colleagues!

Deadline March 2021.

Read more here.