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Clean maritime demonstration competition: strand 1

Automotive & Transport
Project Size:
£25,000 - £1 million


The Department for Transport will work with Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, to invest up to £20m for innovative clean maritime and smart shipping projects. The aim of this competition is to support the design and development of technologies for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by the UK’s maritime sector as set out in the Clean Maritime Plan and support the transition to Net Zero by 2050.


In this competition Innovate UK is seeking solutions for all sizes and categories of maritime vessels. Solutions can be suitable for one target size or multiple sizes of vessels. All ports and harbours are in scope, including infrastructure for both freight and leisure.



Your project must:

  • have total eligible costs between £25,000 and £1,000,000,
  • end by 31 March 2022
  • last up to 7 months


Projects can start by 1 September 2021.


To lead a project or work alone your organisation must:

  • be a UK registered business of any size, a research organisation or a research and technology organisation (RTO)
  • carry out its project work in the UK
  • intend to exploit the results from or in the UK


If the lead organisation is an RTO or a research organisation it must collaborate with at least one business.


Academic institutions cannot work alone.


Strand 1 focuses on earlier stage feasibility projects.


Your project must:

  • review the technical and economic feasibility of solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • develop a clear plan for a future technology demonstration to be deployed after the feasibility project has been completed


You can include autonomous vessels as identified in the Technology and Innovation in UK Maritime Route Map and wind power, where these deliver energy efficiency savings and enable a vessel to be zero emission capable.


Clean maritime and smart shipping technologies for all sizes and categories of maritime vessel are in scope. Solutions can be suitable for one target size of vessel or multiple. Leisure and commercial vessels are in scope.


All ports and harbours are in scope, including infrastructure for both freight and leisure.


Your project can focus on one or more of the following themes:

  • On-vessel low and zero emission technologies – for example vessel propulsion, on-vessel power generation, low carbon energy storage/management, physical connections to shore-side power, enabling technologies such as motors, drives and power electronics
  • Port and shore-side solutions – for example shore-side low and zero carbon fuelling, charging infrastructure, renewable energy generation, low carbon fuel production
  • Smart shipping technologies – for example autonomy, digitisation and better journey efficiencies directly and indirectly delivering quantifiable energy efficiency savings, other smart shipping technologies, including the control of the emission reduction systems including but not limited to wind propulsion.
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