Bilateral UK and US offshore wind R&D programme, EoI

Fund Name: Bilateral UK and US offshore wind R&D programme, EoI
Project Length: Between 12 and 24 months
Project Value: Share of up to £1.5m
Deadline: 15/01/2020


The aim of this competition is to fund UK organisations to work collaboratively with a US consortium, to reduce the technical barriers faced by offshore wind developers, original equipment manufacturers and the supply chain. The focus is on reducing barriers that stop the use of offshore wind technologies, including cost.

Fund Details

There is no funding for this EoI. If invited to apply into the main competition, your UK project’s total eligible costs must be between £150,000 and £600,000.

You must submit details of your original UK EoI. You must also submit:

  • detailed UK deliverables
  • a project plan
  • a list of UK partners
  • a list of UK project finances
  • a copy of your project submission (or intention to submit) to NYSERDA

Your summary submission must outline:

  • the wider US consortium partners
  • the wider US work programme
  • how UK deliverables contribute to the larger US project
  • the main US project milestones
Specific themes

Your project must focus on one or more of the 3 research pillars outlined in the US National Offshore Wind Roadmap:

  • Offshore wind plant technology advancement.
  • Offshore wind power resource and physical site characterisation.
  • Installation, operations and maintenance, and supply chain.

Your project must also focus on one or more of the challenge areas outlined in the current NYSERDA solicitation at the time you apply to Innovate UK and to NYSERDA. Future versions of the NYSERDA solicitation may add, amend or remove challenge areas. It is your responsibility to ensure your project is relevant to at least one active challenge area on the day you apply.

There are currently 9 NYSERDA challenge areas:

  • Array performance and control optimisation.
  • Cost-reducing turbine support structures for the US market.
  • Floating structure mooring concepts for shallow and deep waters.
  • Power system design and innovation.
  • Comprehensive wind resource assessment.
  • Development of a metocean reference site.
  • Heavy lift vessel alternatives.
  • Offshore wind digitisation through advanced analytics.
  • Technology solutions to accelerate US supply chain.

To lead the UK application your organisation must:

  • be a UK registered business of any size or a research and technology organisation (RTO)
  • collaborate with other UK registered businesses, research organisations, public sector organisations or charities
  • include at least one UK registered micro, small or medium-sized enterprise (SME) in your consortium
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