IUK - Hydrogen storage and distribution supply chain Collaborative R&D
Up to 18 months
Up to £1m
Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation will work with industry to invest up to £4.35 million in innovation projects. As part of the Future Economy Net Zero Programme, this competition will focus on the development of the hydrogen economy.
The aim of this competition is to develop new ways of delivering integrated hydrogen storage and distribution systems and the associated supply chains.
Your proposal must show how you will:
Your project must demonstrate how it will work across and integrate multiple parts of the hydrogen value chain and tiers of the supply chain. You can include technology, business model development, safety and standardisation.
Your project must span two or more parts of the hydrogen value chain including:
You must demonstrate how you are developing the UK hydrogen supply chain within the focus area of innovation and how it has included multiple tiers of the hydrogen supply chain.
You can use hydrogen or its low-carbon carriers, such as:
Projects focussing on a low-carbon hydrogen carrier must demonstrate benefits to the development of the hydrogen economy in the UK.
You can develop innovation within different parts of the hydrogen storage and distribution supply chain, including:
This list is not intended to be exhaustive.
You are encouraged to work across supply chain components to develop new ways of delivering integrated storage and distribution systems, accelerate adoption, and reduce the complexity and cost of hydrogen.
Your project can also consider and develop business models to:
Your project can also include aspects of hydrogen production to develop an integrated project spanning two or more parts of the hydrogen value chain.
Where hydrogen production is included, this should not be the primary area of innovation within the project. At least 50% of your project costs must be for the storage and distribution elements of your project.
Your proposal must demonstrate a need by including an end customer, such as a Tier 1 or original equipment manufacturer (OEM), within your consortium. They can be a funded partner or non-funded project adviser.
You must show evidence of how you have considered the end user of the hydrogen as part of the project. They can be a funded partner or non-funded project adviser.
Your project must focus on one or both of the following parts of the hydrogen value chain:
Innovate UK will not fund:
We are not funding projects that:
Your project must:
To lead a project your organisation must:
To collaborate with the lead, your organisation must be one of the following UK registered:
Your project can include partners that do not receive any of this competition’s funding, for example, non-UK businesses. Their costs will count towards the total project costs.
Subcontractors are allowed in this competition.
Subcontractors can be from anywhere in the UK and you must select them through your usual procurement process.
You can use subcontractors from overseas but must make the case in your application as to why you could not use suppliers from the UK.
Up to £4.35 million has been allocated to fund innovation projects in this competition. Funding will be in the form of a grant.
If your organisation’s work on the project is commercial or economic, your funding request must not exceed the limits below. These limits apply even if your organisation normally acts non-economically but for this project will be undertaking the commercial or economic activity.
For feasibility studies and industrial research projects, you could get funding for your eligible project costs of:
For experimental development projects which are nearer to market, you could get funding for your eligible project costs of: