The Department for Transport will work with Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, to invest £12million in innovative feasibility studies and pre-deployment projects.
This competition is part of a suite of interventions to be launched by the UK Shipping Office for Reducing Emissions (UK SHORE). UK SHORE aims to transform the UK into a global leader in the design and manufacturing of clean maritime technology.
The Clean Maritime Demonstration Round 2 competition has two strands:
Your project must:
Your project can start by 1 January 2023.
You must only include eligible project costs in your application.
Under current restrictions, this competition will not fund any procurement, commercial, business development or supply chain activity with any Russian entity as lead, partner or subcontractor. This includes any goods or services originating from a Russian source.
To lead a project your organisation must:
To collaborate with the lead organisation, your partner organisation must be one of the following::
The lead and at least one other organisation must claim funding by entering their costs during the application.
Each partner organisation must be invited into the Innovation Funding Service by the lead organisation to collaborate on a project. Once accepted, partners will be asked to login or to create an account and enter their own project costs into the Innovation Funding Service.
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 eligible project costs.
Subcontractors are allowed in this competition.
Strand 1 of the competition is funding detailed feasibility studies and plans for innovative technology demonstrations of scalable clean maritime solutions.
Your project must undertake a technical and economic feasibility study associated with the development and real world demonstration of one or more of the specific themes.
You must plan for the real world demonstration being developed in your project to be operational by March 2025.
Your projects must:
Technologies for all sizes and categories of maritime vessel, including pleasure and commercial vessels, are in scope. Solutions can be suitable for one target size of vessel or multiple.
Where a project intends to utilise a vessel, the vessel should be a United Kingdom Ship, as defined in 85(2) of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995, or you must provide justification for use of a non-United Kingdom Ship in your application.
All ports and harbours are in scope, including infrastructure for both freight, pleasure and commercial vessels.
Once your feasibility study is completed, you are expected to be capable of progressing to the point that you are investment and construction ready.
You must clearly demonstrate how you will anchor intellectual property (IP) generated by the project in the UK and how it will be exploited for the benefit of the UK supply chain in the future.
We strongly encourage projects from around the UK to support boosting jobs and economic growth, including from ports, vessel operators, vessel manufacturers and their supply chain. We welcome projects from areas with existing clean maritime expertise or co-located in clusters of renewable energy production and usage including hydrogen.
At the end of your feasibility study, you must:
Green shipping corridors
If your proposal focusses on a green shipping corridor, you must assess and develop a clear implementation plan for the real-world establishment of the corridor. To qualify as a corridor, plan for at least one zero-emission vessel to be transiting the route.
Your green corridor proposal must also:
We want to fund a portfolio of projects across the two competition strands. This will include a variety of technologies, markets, geographic locations around the UK, technological maturities and research categories.
Innovate UK and DfT reserves the right to prioritise projects within specific themes where necessary.
Your project can focus on one or more of the following technology themes:
Prioritised technology themes:
Vessel low and zero emission technologies:
Port and shoreside, including offshore solutions: