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Ofgem 2021: whole system integration - Discovery Organisations can apply for funding under the Ofgem - Strategic Innovation Fund to deliver projects that offer value to energy consumers and society through energy network innovation. Eligibility This competition is open to single applicants only. To lead a project, you must: be an Ofgem licensed gas distribution network, transmission operator, or electricity system operator (ESO) work with at least one other energy network licensee holding a different category of network licence (such as, but not limited to transporter or electricity transmission) work with at least one generator, energy supplier, or consumer group Project directions will be awarded to a single legal entity only. Open now Opened: 31 August 2021 Closes: 17 November 2021

Programme: Innovate Uk

Award:

Opens: 31 August 2021

Closes: 17 November 2021

Description

This competition is delivered in partnership with the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem). It is funded by the Ofgem Strategic Innovation Fund, which aims to deliver value to energy consumers and society through energy network innovation.

The aim of the Ofgem Strategic Innovation Fund is to decarbonise gas and electric energy distribution and transmission networks and benefit the consumer.

Discovery is the first phase of a 3 phase competition:

1.Discovery

2.Alpha

3.Beta

There are 4 challenge competitions in Discovery phase:

1. Ofgem 2021: whole system integration (this competition)

2. Ofgem 2021: data and digitalisation

3. Ofgem 2021: zero emission transport

4. Ofgem 2021: heat

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that they are entering the appropriate challenge competition for their project.

Successful applicants from the Discovery phase will be invited to apply for the Alpha phase.

This competition will be supported with 2 briefing events:

1: Licenced network briefing.

A briefing for licenced gas distribution networks, transmission network operators, or electricity system operator that are eligible to be the lead applicant. This event will focus on the eligibility criteria, the application process, and the support available.

2: Competition launch briefing.

An event for all organisations wanting to participate in the programme. This event will provide an introduction to the programme, focussing on the background of the competition, the eligibility criteria, the application process, and information on finding an eligible licenced network to work with.

In applying to this Discovery phase competition, you are entering into a competitive process.

Any adoption and implementation of a solution from this competition would be subject to a separate, possibly competitive, procurement exercise.

This competition closes at 11am UK time on the deadline date.

Funding type

Procurement

Project size

Discovery phase projects must last two months and have total eligible costs up to £150,000, exclusive of VAT.

Who can apply

Your project

Your project must:

  • start by 1 March 2022
  • end by 30 April 2022
  • last 2 months

Applicant

To lead a project, you must:

Subcontractors can include a variety of third-party innovators such as:

  • start-ups
  • SMEs
  • suppliers
  • academics
  • independent researchers
  • disruptors
  • other energy network companies

This list is not intended to be exhaustive.

For more information on company sizes, please refer to the company accounts guidance.

Project direction will be awarded to a single legal entity only.

This work will still be the responsibility of the lead applicant.

We are looking for proposals that involve all the necessary stakeholders relevant to the proposed innovation, from a whole system integration perspective.

Funding

A total of up to £3million exclusive of VAT, is allocated to the Discovery phase.

Only successful applicants from the Discovery phase will be invited to apply to the Alpha phase.

Your project must primarily focus on the energy network aspects of innovation.

Components of the energy system which sit outside the regulated energy network infrastructure such as energy generation, storage, or in-home services are within scope if their inclusion delivers a net benefit to network consumers.

This list is not intended to be exhaustive.

If you are unsure whether your project or parts of your project are eligible for funding in this competition on this basis, you must contact us by email to support@innovateuk.ukri.org at least 10 working days before the competition closes. We will decide whether to approve your request.

The total funding available for the competition can change. The funders have the right to:

  • adjust the provisional funding allocations between the phases
  • apply a ‘portfolio’ approach based on technology, geography, innovation, markets, and participants

Ofgem reserve the right to make the final decision as to which projects are funded.

The project direction is fulfilled at the end of Discovery phase, and you are expected to exploit the developments and disseminate the learnings of your project.

Value Added Tax (VAT)

Your total costs must exclude VAT.

VAT is the responsibility of the invoicing business, and your application must list total costs exclusive of VAT.

Subsidy control

Ofgem competitions are not subject to subsidy control.
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