Net Zero Hydrogen Fund: Strand 1 Development Expenditure Round 2
£80k - £10m
This competition will support development expenditure (DEVEX) costs for front-end engineering design (FEED) and post-FEED studies. The aim is to build the pipeline of hydrogen production projects and measurably move them closer to deployment.
There are two strands to this competition – this strand and Net Zero Hydrogen Fund: Strand 2 Capital Expenditure Round 2.
This competition supports the following hydrogen production pathways as listed in the Low Carbon Hydrogen Standard Version 2 (LCHS v2):
If a CCUS-enabled project is unable to access a track-1 or track-2 cluster, including any expanded track-1 clusters, then Innovate UK will reserve the right to reject the application on the basis that the project does not have a clear route to market.
Your project must address low-carbon hydrogen production opportunities and must focus on FEED studies, post-FEED studies or both.
FEED studies can include:
Post-FEED and pre-final investment decision (pre-FID) studies can include:
These lists are not exhaustive.
Hydrogen production projects will be able to apply for co-funding through this strand if they require DEVEX support for the cost of front-end engineering design (FEED), post-FEED expenditures, or both. Where appropriate, support will also be available for FEED and post-FEED costs for associated on-site transport and storage infrastructure.
Innovate UK want to fund a portfolio of projects, across this competition, based on:
This will support the twin-track approach to hydrogen production as outlined in the UK Hydrogen Strategy.
Innovate UK will not fund projects that:
Your project must:
Up to £45 million is available for projects across strands 1 and 2 for this round of the competition. Funding will be in the form of a grant.