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Developing the offshore renewable energy supply chain.

Innovative UK companies are invited to bid for Government funding of up to [pounds sterling]11.2m for feasibility studies, development and demonstration projects and knowledge transfer partnerships that stimulate innovation in the UK offshore wind and marine energy supply chains.

Grant funding of [pounds sterling]10m, from the UK's innovation agency, the Technology Strategy Board (www.innovateuk.org) and the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) will support feasibility studies and component technologies development and demonstration projects exploring offshore wind technologies that minimise costs to the UK consumer and ensure the UK economy gains more benefit from increased supply to future projects.

In addition, funding of [pounds sterling]1.2m from the Technology Strategy Board and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC--www.nerc.ac.uk) will establish Knowledge Transfer Partnerships to build innovation capability in UK businesses and stimulate the transfer of expertise from academia to business in the fields of offshore wind, wave, tidal stream and tidal range energy.

Up to [pounds sterling]3m will be available for technical feasibility studies.

The competition for feasibility studies and for development and demonstration projects opens in early November. Applications for both competitions must be received by 16 January 2013. For further information please visit: http://www.innovateuk.org/content/competition/developing-the-offshore-wind-supply-chain.ashx

The call for Knowledge Transfer Partnership funding opened on 13 September 2012 and the deadline for applications is 24 April 2013. For further information please visit: http://www.innovateuk.org/content/competition/developing-the-offshore-renewable-energy-supply-ch.ashx

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Date:Nov 1, 2012
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