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UK-Australia Renewable Hydrogen Innovation Partnership Programme

General & Misc
Project Size:
£5 million

Funding Body: Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, in collaboration with Australia's Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water (DCCEEW).

Opening Date: Friday 1st December 2023

Closing Date: Friday 12th January 2024, 12:00 pm UK time

Funding Available: Up to £5 million for collaborative projects between UK and Australian registered businesses.

Project Focus: The programme seeks to reduce the cost of clean hydrogen development, contributing to a low carbon hydrogen economy. Proposals must be business-led and foster cooperation between the UK and Australia, offering advantages like increased innovation capability, access to R&D infrastructure, and commercial leads.


  • Projects must involve UK and Australian registered businesses.
  • Proposals should focus on hydrogen innovation within the ecosystem, including clean hydrogen or derivative technologies, and hydrogen applications.
  • Projects must align with the national hydrogen strategies of both countries.

Project Requirements:

  • Total project costs must not exceed £2 million.
  • Must include innovation in hydrogen use and another part of the hydrogen value chain.
  • Should demonstrate commercial innovation (e.g., novel business models or applications).

Specific Themes:

  • Affordable low carbon hydrogen production, including renewable integration.
  • Safe and efficient hydrogen storage and distribution.
  • Hydrogen utilisation in mobility, industrial processes, and power.
  • Preference for projects in heavy duty land transport and maritime.


  • Projects without a collaboration agreement with an Australian organisation funded by DCCEEW.
  • Projects focusing on sustainable aviation fuel, space heating, or non-low carbon hydrogen.
  • Carbon capture and storage technology projects.
  • Projects that are considered business as usual without significant innovation.

Portfolio Approach: A variety of projects across different technologies, markets, and research categories will be funded.

Research Categories: Feasibility studies, industrial research, and experimental development.

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