UK registered organisations can apply for a share of £20 million for clean maritime and smart shipping projects. By supporting the design and development of these technologies, the competition aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the UK’s maritime sector. The funding is from the Department for Transport and delivered by Innovate UK.

Innovate UK is seeking solutions for all sizes and categories of maritime vessels. In addition, all ports and harbours are in scope, including infrastructure for both freight and leisure. There are two strands running at the same time:

Strand 1 – Feasibility Studies

In strand 1, projects must:

  • Review the technical and economic feasibility of solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • Develop a clear plan for a future technology demonstration to be deployed after the feasibility project has been completed

For more information on project scope, including specific themes, click here. Total eligible costs can range from £25,000 to £1,000,000. Your project should start before 1st September 2021 and end by 31st March 2022, lasting up to 7 months in total.

Strand 2 – Industrial Research and Experimental Development

In this strand, projects must design, develop and test novel clean maritime or smart shipping technologies. They must reduce greenhouse gas emissions from both vessels and shore-side infrastructure at ports and harbours. You can find more information about the competition’s scope on the Innovate UK website. Your project must have total eligible costs between £100,000 and £4,000,000. Again, your project can start any time from 1st September 2021 and should end by 31st March 2022.

The Clean Maritime competition is open from 22nd March until 2nd June 2021. If you’re thinking of making an application and are looking for bid writing support, please contact us today.

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