Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, in collaboration with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem), through the Small Business Research Initiative, invites applications for phase 1 of its call on modernising energy data access and information. This supports projects that will accelerate the development of tools and processes to modernise data services for the energy sector. The aim is to solve the fundamental problem of exchanging digital energy information between energy organisations and with other stakeholders by supporting the development of products or services which can later be commercialised and employed to solve similar problems elsewhere. Proposals must demonstrate how projects can achieve efficient exchange of information in a way that minimises the technical burden of the solution and provides an effective user experience. Solutions must meet the needs of people within the energy sector and those from other sectors, so they can more easily deliver products and services. This is phase 1 of a three-phase competition. Phase 1 supports feasibility studies, phase 2 supports alpha contracts and phase 3 supports a private beta contract.
Project leads may be an organisation of any size and may work alone or with others from business, the research base, the public sector or the third sector as subcontractors. Ideally, subcontractors will be sector specialists.
The total budget for phase 1 is £480,000 to fund up to three projects with total eligible costs of between £100,000 and £160,000 each over up to six weeks. At least 50 per cent of the contract value must be attributed directly and exclusively to R&D services. A total of £520,000 is available for two alpha contracts of up to £260,000 each in phase 2 and up to £900,000 is available in phase 3 for one private beta contract.
Closing date 02 Jan 20