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UK-US Offshore Wind Collaborative R&D

Fund Name

UK-US Offshore Wind Collaborative R&D

Project Length

12-24 months

Project Value

£150k - £600k

Deadline

10.01.2024

Innovate UK will invest up to £2 million in UK offshore wind R&D projects to work collaboratively with separately funded US projects.

UK projects must partner with US projects which are funded separately through a US application process run by the National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium (NOWRDC).

The aim of this competition is to reduce the cost and risk of offshore wind development projects throughout the US. UK-US collaboration must be significant and meaningful, with your UK project demonstrating integration with the US project.

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Fund details

Your project’s scope must address one or more of the challenge areas for this competition:

Challenge 1: Solutions to facilitate offshore wind resiliency and transmission coordination

1a: Development and demonstration of solutions that improve offshore wind power reliability
1b: Development and demonstration of innovations in coordinated transmission solutions that optimize efficiency across multiple large projects, minimize environmental impacts, and conform with onshore grid constraints
1c: Development and demonstration of solutions for integration of long-duration energy storage of greater than 10 hours with offshore wind, to facilitate offshore wind resiliency, transmission coordination and integration.

Challenge 2: Operation & Maintenance (O&M) Systems Development

2a: Technologies and strategies that advance the effectiveness, cost efficiency, and safety of O&M
2b: Technologies and strategies that advance O&M supply chain development and flexibility

Challenge 3: Innovation to facilitate ocean area coexistence

Technology concepts that reduce offshore development and operational impacts on the marine biosphere

For more information on the specific themes for each challenge, please contact our team.

Eligibility

Your project must:

  • have total costs between £150,000 and £600,000
  • last between 12 and 24 months
  • carry out at least 80% of its project work in the UK
  • intend to exploit the results from or in the UK
  • start by 1 October 2024
  • end by 30 September 2026
  • work collaboratively with an R&D project in the US which is funded by NOWRDC

To be eligible for an Innovate UK grant award, the US project which you intend to collaborate with must also be awarded funding from NOWRDC.

UK Lead organisation 

To lead a project your organisation must:

  • be a UK-registered business of any size or a research and technology organisation (RTO)
  • be or involve at least one grant claiming UK micro, small or medium-sized enterprise (SME)

If you are interested in applying, please get in touch to discuss this fund with one of our team.

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