Funding competition V2X Innovation programme: bi-directional charging demonstrations

UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £9.4 million. This is for small scale demonstrations of novel Vehicle to everything (V2X) energy technology providing storage and flexible services under Phase 2 of the V2X Innovation Programme.

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The Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (DESNZ) will invest up to £9.4 million in innovative Vehicle to everything (V2X) energy small scale demonstration projects, under Phase 2 of the V2X Innovation Programme. This is part of the Flexibility Innovation Programme within the £1 billion Net Zero Innovation Portfolio.

Innovate UK are delivering the V2X Innovation Programme on behalf of DESNZ.

The aims of this competition are to:

  • demonstrate innovative V2X hardware and software solutions using new business models with real-world drivers in a real-world setting
  • trial new flexibility propositions for a range of consumer use-cases using on-road electric vehicles (EVs)
  • unlock and expand the energy flexibility potential of EV bi-directional charging technologies in the UK
  • accelerate commercialisation of V2X technologies and services
  • increase business and consumer interest in V2X energy
  • bring together diverse stakeholders across the energy and transport sectors to overcome barriers to V2X deployment

Your proposal must:

  • deliver a minimum 6 month demonstration with real-world drivers in a real-world setting using on or off-vehicle bi-directional chargers
  • demonstrate using between 10 to 50 bi-directional charging units
  • trial innovative V2X services for domestic or non-domestic use or a mixture of both
  • trial an innovative customer proposition such as behind the meter services or grid services
  • deliver a Trial Report at the end of the project

In applying to this competition, you are entering into a competitive process. This competition closes at 11am UK time on the deadline stated.

Funding type


Project size

Your project’s total grant funding request must be a maximum of £1.56 million.

Who can apply

Your project

Your project must:

  • have a maximum grant request of £1.56 million
  • start on 1 October 2023
  • end funded activities by 31 March 2025
  • carry out all of its project work in the UK
  • intend to exploit the results from or in the UK
  • involve a minimum of 2 collaborative grant claiming organisations

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 and Belarusian entity as lead, partner or subcontractor. This includes any goods or services originating from a Russian and Belarusian source.

Lead organisation

To lead a project your organisation must:

  • be a UK registered business of any size
  • collaborate with at least 2 other UK registered organisations

More information on the different types of organisation can be found in our Funding rules.

Academic institutions cannot lead.

Project team

Project participants can include, but are not limited to:

  • transport sector stakeholders such as vehicle manufacturers, charging infrastructure providers and operators
  • energy sector stakeholders such as distribution network operators (DNOs), energy suppliers, flexibility system operators, equipment or system developers
  • IT, digital and cyber security stakeholders, for example mobility as a service, or home energy management
  • end users and infrastructure owners such as local authorities and fleet operators both public and private

To collaborate with the lead, your organisation must be one of the following UK registered:

  • business of any size
  • academic institution
  • charity
  • not for profit
  • public sector organisation
  • research and technology organisation (RTO)

Each partner organisation must be invited into the Innovation Funding Service by the lead 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.

To be an eligible collaboration, the lead and at least one other organisation must apply for funding when entering their costs into the application.

Non-funded partners

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 project costs.


Subcontractors are allowed in this competition.

Subcontractors can be from anywhere in the UK and you must select them through your usual procurement process.

You can use subcontractors from overseas but must make the case in your application as to why you could not use suppliers from the UK.

You must provide a detailed rationale, evidence of the potential UK contractors you approached and the reasons why they were unable to work with you. We will not accept a cheaper cost as a sufficient reason to use an overseas subcontractor.

All subcontractor costs must be justified and appropriate to the total project costs.

Number of applications

You can only lead on one application but can be included as a collaborator in any number of applications.

Previous applications

You cannot use a previously submitted application to apply for this competition.

We will not award you funding if you have:

Subsidy control (and State aid where applicable)

This competition provides funding in line with the Subsidy Control Act 2022. Further information about the Subsidy requirements can be found within the Subsidy Control Act 2022 (

Innovate UK is unable to award organisations that are considered to be in financial difficulty. We will conduct financial viability and eligibility tests to confirm this is not the case following the application stage.

EU State aid rules now only apply in limited circumstances. Please see our general guidance to check if these rules apply to your organisation.

Further Information

If you are unsure about your obligations under the Subsidy Control Act 2022 or the State aid rules, you should take independent legal advice. We are unable to advise on individual eligibility or legal obligations.

You must always make sure that the funding awarded to you is compliant with all current Subsidy Control legislation applicable in the United Kingdom.

This aims to regulate any advantage granted by a public sector body which threatens to, or actually distorts competition in the United Kingdom or any other country or countries.


Under Phase 2 of the V2X Innovation Programme up to £9.4 million has been allocated by the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (DESNZ) to fund innovative demonstration projects in this competition. Funding will be in the form of a grant.

If your organisation’s work on the project is commercial or economic, your funding request must not exceed the limits below. These limits apply even if your organisation normally acts non-economically but for the purpose of this project will be undertaking commercial or economic activity.

For industrial research projects, you could get funding for your eligible project costs of:

  • up to 70% if you are a micro or small organisation
  • up to 60% if you are a medium sized organisation
  • up to 50% if you are a large organisation

For more information on company sizes, please refer to the company accounts guidance. This is a change from the EU definition unless you are applying under State aid.

If you are applying for an award funded under State aid Regulations, the definitions are set out in the European Commission Recommendation of 6 May 2003.

Research participation

The research organisations undertaking non-economic activity as part of the project can share up to 30% of the total eligible project costs. If your consortium contains more than one research organisation undertaking non-economic activity, this maximum is shared between them. Of that 30% you could get funding for your eligible project costs of up to:

  • 80% of full economic costs (FEC) if you are a Je-S registered institution such as an academic
  • 100% of your project costs if you are an RTO, charity, not for profit organisation, public sector organisation or research organisation

Your proposal

The aims of this competition are to:

  • demonstrate innovative Vehicle to everything (V2X) hardware and software solutions using new business models with real-world drivers in a real-world setting
  • trial new flexibility propositions for a range of consumer use-cases using on-road electric vehicles (EVs)
  • unlock and expand the energy flexibility potential of EV bi-directional charging technologies in the UK
  • accelerate commercialisation of V2X technologies and services
  • increase business and consumer interest in V2X energy
  • bring together diverse stakeholders across the energy and transport sectors to overcome barriers to V2X deployment

V2X solutions for on-road vehicles are in scope for this competition, including cars, vans, buses, freight, special-use vehicles such as emergency response and refuse collection vehicles.

Your proposal must:

As part of your project you must deliver a Trial Report at the end of your minimum 6 month demonstration period.

The Trial Report must contain a detailed report for use by government organisations addressing the following Research Questions, and an Executive Summary suitable for public dissemination. A first draft report containing contents list, introduction, method and early findings addressing the Research Questions must be submitted by 31st March 2025. The final version of the Trial Report must be submitted by 30 June 2025.

If any of these questions are not relevant to your project you must explain why in your application.

Research Questions

What type of energy flexibility did the project deliver?

You must include:

  • the V2X use case being trialled (users, vehicles and location archetypes)
  • specifications of V2X equipment used or integrated in the trial for example, vehicles, chargers, heat pumps, Photo Voltaics (PV) and battery storage, including model, capacity, age, rate of charge and discharge, response time and EV battery state of health
  • the market propositions being trialled, including behind the meter, (vehicle to home, building, vehicle, load) or grid services (vehicle to grid)
  • permitted customer preferences, for example minimum state of charge and override functionality
  • proposition communication methods, for example activation, providers and stakeholders involved
  • tariff information for all charging and discharging events

To what extent was the project successful in increasing energy flexibility?

You must include:

  • a description of the methodology used to assess the impact of the trial, including the use of a counterfactual group or similar
  • quantity of equipment, users, locations, vehicles and flexibility transactions delivered
  • travel behaviour of triallists and relationship to flexibility delivered
  • a summary of the charging and discharging behaviour exhibited during the trial
  • a summary of the adoption of and response to the tariffs applied
  • a description of any technical and system barriers encountered
  • a cleansed dataset of charging and discharging transactions delivered by all chargers funded through the project

Your summary of charging and discharging behaviour exhibited must include:

  • energy transferred and losses experienced
  • power (half hourly intervals)
  • time of day and day of week
  • relationship with tariffs
  • use of consumer override
  • vehicle state of charge before and after charge and discharge events
  • local generation and flexible assets, for example ambient temperature for heat pump or PV interaction

How has the trial met your commercial ambitions?

You must include:

  • a description of your business model and its rationale
  • what impacts the trial has had on your business model
  • a description of any economic barriers encountered
  • exploitation plans and timeframe

What were the experiences of participants in the trial?

You must include:

  • anonymised triallists information – sample size and demographics
  • perceptions of V2X - before and after trial
  • motivations to participate in V2X
  • V2X barriers and enablers, for example user interface, accessibility, policy, incentives, economics – before and after trial
  • changes in behaviour as a result of the trial – charging, discharging, travel, unintended consequences due to external factors
  • benefits received (actual and perceived) by triallists as a result of participating in the trial
  • a description of any behavioural barriers encountered

Portfolio approach
We want to fund a variety of projects across different charging protocols (DC CCS, DC CHAdeMO and AC). We call this a portfolio approach.

Within each charging protocol (DC CCS, DC CHAdeMO, AC) the highest scoring application will be successful subject to reaching the 70% quality threshold. The remaining funding will be allocated as per the highest scoring ranked applications.

High scoring proposals are likely to integrate a number of innovative solutions to address bi-directional charging barriers and facilitate electricity system flexibility into a single demonstration project.

Specific themes

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

  • bi-directional charging equipment compatible with a wide range of EVs
  • bi-directional charging equipment using DC CCS, CHAdeMO or AC protocols
  • cost reduction of compatible bi-directional charging equipment or deployment costs
  • trialling new business models to increase the range of V2X use-cases, for example in public charging locations or for freight vehicles
  • trialling new V2X commercial propositions for example in new markets, such as V2H, V2B or for new services or stacking multiple revenues
  • providing valid and reliable data justifying revenue predictions for a range of market actors in the V2X ecosystem
  • exploring the opportunity for electric road vehicles, beyond cars, buses and light goods vehicles to provide quantifiable flexible energy services, building or on-site energy management and the grid

This list is not exhaustive.

Research categories

We will fund industrial research projects, as defined in the guidance on categories of research.

Projects we will not fund

We are not funding projects that are:

  • not addressing compatible bi-directional EV charging technology
  • duplicating existing V2G and V2X technology, services or business models already demonstrated in the UK
  • proposing V2X solutions for non-road transport
We cannot fund projects that are:

  • dependent on export performance, for example giving a subsidy to a baker on the condition that it exports a certain quantity of bread to another country
  • dependent on domestic inputs usage, for example giving a subsidy to a baker on the condition that it uses 50% UK flour in their product

21 March 2023
Online briefing event: register to attend
21 March 2023
Competition opens
10 May 2023 11:00am
Competition closes
30 June 2023
Applicants notified

Before you start

You must read the guidance on applying for a competition on the Innovation Funding Service before you start.

Before submitting, it is the lead applicant’s responsibility to make sure:

  • that all the information provided in the application is correct
  • your proposal meets the eligibility and scope criteria
  • all sections of the application are marked as complete
  • that all partners have completed all assigned sections and accepted the terms and conditions (T&Cs)

You can reopen your application once submitted, up until the competition deadline. You must resubmit the application before the competition deadline.

What we ask you

The application is split into 3 sections:

  1. Project details.
  2. Application questions.
  3. Finances.

Accessibility and inclusion

We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and are committed to making our application process accessible to everyone. This includes providing support, in the form of reasonable adjustments, for people who have a disability or a long-term condition and face barriers applying to us. Read more on how we are making our application process more accessible and inclusive for everyone.

You must contact us as early as possible in the application process. We recommend contacting us at least 15 working days before the competition closing date to ensure we can provide you with the most suitable support possible.

You can contact us by emailing or calling 0300 321 4357. Our phone lines are open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays).

1. Project details

This section provides background for your application and is not scored.

Application team

Decide which organisations will work with you on your project and invite people from those organisations to help complete the application.

Application details

Give your project’s title, start date and duration.

Research category

Select the type of research you will undertake.

Project summary

Describe your project briefly and be clear about what makes it innovative. We use this section to assign the right experts to assess your application.

Your answer can be up to 400 words long.

Public description

Describe your project in detail and in a way that you are happy to see published. Do not include any commercially sensitive information. If we award your project funding, we will publish this description. This could happen before you start your project.

Your answer can be up to 400 words long.


Describe how your project fits the scope of the competition. If your project is not in scope it will not be sent for assessment. We will tell you the reason why.

Your answer can be up to 400 words long.

2. Application questions

The assessors will score all your answers apart from questions 1 to 4. You will receive feedback for each scored question. Find out more about how our assessors assess.

You must answer all questions. Your answer to each question can be up to 400 words long. Do not include any website addresses (URLs) in your answers.

Question 1. Applicant location (not scored)

You must state the name and full registered address of your organisation and any partners or subcontractors working on your project.

We are collecting this information to understand the geographical location of all applicants.

Question 2. Charging Protocol (not scored)

You must select the primary protocol which you plan to use in this project.

  • DC CCS
  • DC CHAdeMO
  • AC

Question 3. Use Cases (not scored)

You must select the solution category for your project.

  • domestic
  • non-domestic
  • both domestic and non-domestic

Question 4. Proposition (not scored)

You must select the solution category for your project.

  • Vehicle to home (V2H)
  • Vehicle to business (V2B)
  • Vehicle to vehicle (V2V)
  • Vehicle to load (V2L)
  • Vehicle to grid (V2G)
  • multiple propositions

Question 5. Need or challenge

What is the business need, technological challenge, or market opportunity behind your innovation?


  • the main motivation for the project
  • the business need, technological challenge or market opportunity
  • whether you have identified any similar innovation and its current limitations, including those close to market or in development
  • any work you have already done to respond to this need, for example if the project focuses on developing an existing capability or building a new one
  • the wider economic, social, environmental, cultural or political challenges which are influential in creating the opportunity, such as incoming regulations, using our Horizons tool if appropriate

Question 6. Approach and innovation

What approach will you take and where will the focus of the innovation be?


  • how this real-world trial will help you to target the V2X need, challenge or opportunity identified
  • your readiness to procure equipment and resources, engage locations, permissions and participants for this trial in the time available, and outline any preparations already made
  • the justification of how the quantity of chargers, sample size and trial duration proposed will enable you to address the competition aims, including why you require the number of units set out in your application to achieve your project objectives
  • your proposed study methodology to assess the impact of the trial and answer the Research Questions, including the use of a control group or counterfactual approach, ethical and GDPR consideration
  • how your solution aligns with the principles of interoperability, cyber-security, data privacy and grid stability, in line with “Transitioning to a net zero energy system Smart Systems and Flexibility Plan 2021” and “Delivering a smart and secure electricity system: consultation on interoperability and cyber security of energy smart appliances and remote load control”
  • how will you improve on any similar innovation that you have identified
  • the freedom you have to operate
  • how your solution considers other Flexibility Innovation Programme activities as part of its delivery (see supporting information for more detail about Flexibility Innovation Programme activities)
  • how this project fits with your current product, service lines or offerings
  • how it will make you more competitive

You can submit one appendix to support your answer. It can include diagrams and charts. It must be a PDF, up to 6 A4 pages long and no larger than 10MB in size. The font must be legible at 100% zoom.

Question 7. Team and resources

Who is in the project team and what are their roles?


  • the roles, skills and experience of all members of the project team (including all partners and key subcontractors) that are relevant to the approach you will be taking, mapped against your project deliverables designed to address the Research Questions
  • any new roles you will need and your recruitment plans
  • the resources, equipment and facilities needed for the project and how you will access them, including trial locations, permissions, grid connections, hardware installations and trial participants
  • the details of any vital external parties, including subcontractors, who you will need to work with to successfully carry out the project
  • the current relationships between project partners and how these will change as a result of the project
  • the Project team’s quality management standards, including a description of how the Project team will quality assure both technical outputs and report writing (any relevant external QA accreditation should also be referenced)

You can submit one appendix to support your answer. It must be a PDF, up to 6 A4 pages long and no larger than 10MB in size. The font must be legible at 100% zoom.

Question 8. Market awareness

What does the market you are targeting look like?


  • the target markets for the project outcomes and any other potential markets (domestic, international or both)
  • the size of the target markets for the project outcomes, backed up by references where available
  • the structure and dynamics of the target markets, including customer segmentation, together with predicted growth rates within clear timeframes
  • the target markets’ main supply or value chains and business models, and any barriers to entry that exist
  • the current UK position in targeting these markets
  • the size and main features of any other markets not already listed

If your project is highly innovative, where the market may be unexplored, describe or explain:

  • what the market’s size might be
  • how your project will try to explore the market’s potential

Question 9. Outcomes and route to market

How are you going to grow your business and increase long term productivity as a result of the project?


  • your current position in the markets and supply or value chains outlined, and whether you will be extending or establishing your market position
  • your target customers or end users, and the value to them, for example, why they would use or buy your product
  • your route to market
  • how you are going to profit from the innovation, including increased revenues or cost reduction
  • how the innovation will affect your productivity and growth, in both the short and the long term
  • how you will protect and exploit the outputs of the project, for example through know-how, patenting, designs or changes to your business model
  • your strategy for targeting the other markets you have identified during or after the project

If there is any research organisation activity in the project, describe:

  • your plans to spread the project’s research outputs over a reasonable timescale
  • how you expect to use the results generated from the project in further research activities

Question 10. Wider impacts

What impact might this project have outside the project team?

Describe and, where possible, measure the economic benefits from the project such as productivity increases and import substitution, to:

  • external parties
  • customers
  • others in the supply chain
  • broader industry
  • the UK economy

Describe and, where possible, measure:

  • any expected impact on government priorities
  • any expected environmental impacts, either positive or negative
  • any expected regional impacts of the project

Describe any expected social impacts, either positive or negative on, for example:

  • quality of life
  • social inclusion or exclusion
  • jobs, such as safeguarding, creating, changing or displacing them
  • education
  • public empowerment
  • health and safety
  • regulations
  • diversity

Question 11. Project management

How will you manage your project effectively?


  • the main work packages of your project, indicating the lead partner assigned to each and the total cost of each one
  • your approach to project management, identifying any major tools and mechanisms you will use to get a successful and innovative project outcome
  • the management reporting lines
  • your project plan in enough detail to identify any links or dependencies between work packages or milestones, including activities to secure all required resources, equipment and facilities in order to deliver the demonstration in the time required, including but not limited to a credible plan for recruiting real world drivers, engaging trial locations, permissions, grid connections, installations

You must submit a project plan or Gantt chart as an appendix to support your answer. It must be a PDF, up to 4 A4 pages long and no larger than 10MB in size. The font must be legible at 100% zoom.

Question 12. Risks

What are the main risks for this project?


  • the main risks and uncertainties of the project, including the technical, commercial, managerial and environmental risks
  • how you will mitigate these risks
  • any project inputs that are critical to completion, such as resources, expertise, and data sets
  • any output likely to be subject to regulatory requirements, certification, ethical issues and so on, and how you will manage this

You must submit a risk register as an appendix to support your answer. It must be a PDF, up to 2 A4 pages long and no larger than 10MB in size. The font must be legible at 100% zoom.

Question 13. Added value

How will this public funding help you to accelerate or enhance your approach to developing your project towards commercialisation? What impact would this award have on the organisations involved?


  • what advantages public funding would offer your project, for example, appeal to investors, more partners, reduced risk or a faster route to market (this list is not exhaustive)
  • the likely impact of the project outcomes on the organisations involved
  • what other routes of investment you have already approached
  • what your project would look like without public funding
  • how this project would change the R&D activities of all the organisations involved

Question 14. Costs and value for money

How much will the project cost and how does it represent value for money for the team and the taxpayer?

In terms of your project goals, explain:

  • your total project costs
  • the grant you are requesting
  • how each partner will finance their contributions to your project
  • any other sources of funding which have contributed or will contribute to this proposal in the future
  • how this project represents value for money for you and the taxpayer
  • how it compares to what you would spend your money on otherwise
  • the balance of costs and grant across the project partners
  • any subcontractor costs and why they are critical to your project

3. Finances

Each organisation in your project must complete their own project costs, organisation details and funding details in the application. Academic institutions must complete and upload a Je-S form.

For full details on what costs you can claim see our project costs guidance.

Background and further information

This Phase 2 competition of the Vehicle to everything (V2X) Innovation Programme is being delivered by Innovate UK but funded by the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (DESNZ) as part of their Flexibility Innovation Programme. The Flexibility Innovation Programme seeks to enable large-scale widespread electricity system flexibility through smart, flexible, secure, and accessible technologies and markets, and sits within the £1 billion Net Zero Innovation Portfolio.

The V2X Innovation Programme aims to address barriers to enabling energy flexibility from bi-directional electric vehicle charging. This is being delivered in two phases with Phase 1 research and development projects already underway.

Phase 1 supported the development of V2X bi-directional charging prototype hardware, software or business models.

You do not have to take part in a V2X Phase 1 project to apply for Phase 2 funding.

We encourage potential applicants to explore opportunities for alignment and collaboration with other activities supported under DESNZ's up to £65million Flexibility Innovation Programme. The programme supports a variety of activities to enable a future flexible electricity system, including (but not limited to) interoperable demand-side response, data and digital solutions and development of innovative tariffs, products or services (demand side flexibility propositions) under alternative energy market scenarios of a future energy system.

We also encourage exploring opportunities to align funding through other programmes including Ofgem’s Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF), a £450m fund which aims to deliver energy network innovation towards net zero.

SIF is considered as private funding which can be used in conjunction with this grant funding opportunity. Annual SIF projects are led by energy networks, who are well placed to innovate collaboratively on decarbonisation of transport given their role in enabling the effective connection and integration of energy demands. Related areas of interest may include:

  • novel approaches to forecasting increased loads and capacity provision, particularly in rural areas
  • using flexibility solutions to manage peak power demand
  • integrating different energy solutions into the network

Impact and Evaluation

The lead partner will be required to update the assigned Monitoring Service Provider (MSP) with progress Monthly. The whole project consortium must present practical and financial progress to the MSP Quarterly, alongside the requirement for Quarterly claims and financial forecasts.

All projects will be required to complete and return DESNZ Key Performance Indicator (KPI) reports in accordance with Innovate UK requests. A KPI report is required at project start, with updates to be provided annually, at project completion and annually for 3 years beyond the funded project completion date.

Successful applicants will be required to participate in a programme evaluation delivered by an external contractor to be commissioned by DESNZ. This interaction is likely to include qualitative and quantitative data collection and participation in research interviews both during and beyond the funded project delivery timeframe.

Unsuccessful applicants may also be given the opportunity to comment on the application process as part of that evaluation. Unsuccessful applicants will be notified by IUK and given the option to opt out before their contact details are shared with the evaluation contractor.

Data sharing

This competition is jointly operated by Innovate UK, and the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (DESNZ) (each an ‘agency’).

Any relevant information submitted and produced during the application process concerning your application can be shared by one agency with the other, for its individual storage, processing and use.

This means that any information given to or generated by Innovate UK in respect of your application may be passed on to DESNZ and vice versa. This would include, but is not restricted to:

  • the information stated on the application, including the personal details of all applicants
  • scoring and feedback on the application
  • information received during the management and administration of the grant, such as Monitoring Officer reports and Independent Accountant Reports

Innovate UK and DESNZ are directly accountable to you for their holding and processing of your information, including any personal data and confidential information. Data is held in accordance with their own policies. Accordingly, Innovate UK, and DESNZ will be data controllers for personal data submitted during the application. Innovate UK’s Privacy Policy is accessible here. DESNZ's Privacy Policy is accessible here.

Innovate UK complies with the requirements of GDPR, and is committed to upholding the data protection principles, and protecting your information. The Information Commissioner’s Office also has a useful guide for organisations, which outlines the data protection principles.

Find a project partner

If you want help to find a project partner, contact Innovate UK KTN.

You can also use the Flexibility Innovation Collaboration platform, a match-making platform which brings together organisations to connect and collaborate, in order to support the development of collaborative applications under the Flexibility Innovation Programme.

Support for SMEs from Innovate UK EDGE

If you receive an award, you will be contacted about working with an innovation and growth specialist at Innovate UK EDGE. This service forms part of our funded offer to you.

These specialists focus on growing innovative businesses and ensuring that projects contribute to their growth. Working one-to-one, they can help you to identify your best strategy and harness world-class resources to grow and achieve scale.

We encourage you to engage with Innovate UK EDGE, delivered by a knowledgeable and objective specialist near you.

Next steps

If you are successful with this application, you will be asked to set up your project.

You must follow the unique link embedded in your email notification. This takes you to your IFS Set Up portal, the tool that Innovate UK uses to gather necessary information before we can allow your project to begin.

You will need to provide:

  • the name and contact details of your project manager and project finance lead
  • a redacted copy of your bank details
  • a collaboration agreement
  • an exploitation plan

In order to process your claims, we need to make sure that the bank details you give to us relate to a UK high street bank that is regulated by the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA). The account must have a BACS clearing facility and be in the same company name as your application.

If you have any doubts that your bank account will not meet Innovate UK's funding criteria, you can use the sort code checker. If you input the sort code and find a tick next to the ‘BACS Direct Credit payments can be sent to this sort code’, this will give you an indication that the bank account you hold is acceptable.

Finance checks

We will carry out checks to make sure you are an established company with access to the funds necessary to complete the project.

You must check your IFS portal regularly and respond to any requests we have sent for additional information to avoid any delays.

Failure to complete project setup may result in your grant offer being withdrawn.

Your Grant offer letter (GOL)

Once you have successfully completed project setup, we will issue your GOL.

The GOL will be made available on your IFS portal. You will need to sign and upload this before you start your project.

Your GOL will show the start date for your project, do not start your project before this date. Any costs incurred before your start date cannot be claimed as part of your grant.

If your application is unsuccessful

If you are unsuccessful with your application this time, you can view feedback from the assessors. This will be available to you on your IFS portal following notification.

Sometimes your application will have scored well, and you will receive positive comments from the assessors. You may be unsuccessful as your average score was not above the funding threshold or your project has not been selected under the portfolio approach if this is applied for this competition.

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