MarRI- UK competition to reduce maritime emissions

Fund Name: DfT competition to reduce maritime emissions
Project Length:
Project Value: Up to £250k
Deadline: 25/10/2019


The Department for Transport (DfT), is launching an innovation call of £1M called the Clean Maritime Innovation Call. The call will fund technology, process innovations or services within mid-TRL (TRL 3-7) that offer significant improvements to systems, timings, processes or technology for clean maritime services and operations. £1M is available for competition. This call is administered by MarRI-UK.

Fund Details

Your project must have the potential to offer significant improvements to systems, timings, processes or technology for clean maritime operations.

Only projects which score well against the following criteria will receive funding from MarRI-UK:

  • Strategic fit with Maritime 2050
  • Value for money for the UK and potential impact of the exploitation of your idea once further development has been completed
  • Project deliverables such as time, cost and quality (including risks)
  • Viability given timescales, deliverables, and resources
  • Environmental impact, i.e. the amount of carbon adjustments/air quality improvements your project will achieve compare to current technology

This is an Expression of Interest (EoI) competition. Successful applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal (Stage 2). A decision to proceed to Stage 2 will depend on the outcomes from this EoI. Changes from your EoI to proposal will be monitored. Unjustified major change is not acceptable.

Grant Size 

Funding awards up to £250K, with a mix of funding levels to support a range of readiness levels.


Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Electrification
  • Innovative energy efficiency measures
  • Alternative propulsion
  • Hazard and safety assessment of new fuels
  • Energy systems
  • Alternate fuels

To lead a project or work alone your organisation must:

  • be a UK based business of any size to lead a research project
  • be a UK based business of any size, an academic organisation, or a research and technology organisation (RTO) to lead a capital investment project
  • Carry out your maritime research or technology development project work in the UK
  • Intend to exploit the results from or in the UK
  • This is open to single business as well as consortiums

Stage 1

29 July: Expression of Interest (EoI) submission open
25th  October: EoI submission closed
 28 October- 6th December: EoI assessment

Stage 2

9th December: Invitation to submit full proposal release, submission for full proposal open
14 February 2020: Submission for full proposal closed
17 February- 10 April 2020: Proposal assessment
13 April 2020: Funding award announcement

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