Major Funding Opportunity For UK Marine Industry
Published on 1/11/2012
The Technology Strategy Board is set to announce a collaborative R&D competition on Marine Vessel Efficiency, which is expected to open in January 2013.
This competition will be aimed at accelerating marine innovation and technologies. Details are still to be confirmed, but it is expected to cover most aspects of efficiency in ships, boats, submarines, their equipment and systems, including support vessels for offshore renewable energy.
The competition will build on several top priority themes, and is expected to focus on those covering carbon reduction, green propulsion for ships and boats, and marine ICT. It is therefore expected to have a broad scope to encourage projects that will address these themes through collaboration in research and development at national level. The sorts of innovation and technology themes expected in the Marine Vessel Efficiency Competition include:
- Light weighting
Lightweight, lower carbon materials and structural optimisation
- Smart materials
Smart and multifunctional, self healing, fire resistant, low friction coatings, embedded sensors
- Positioning and communications
Space and satellite systems, better user interfaces for complex systems
- Autonomous sensing, avionics and advanced navigation
Autonomous systems, remote command and control, trim and stability controls for energy efficiency and safety
- Smart green propulsion and alternative low carbon / emission systems
Electric propulsion, motors, drives, controllers, energy storage, power management, batteries, engine exhaust after treatment & emissions reduction, heat & power recovery, and alternative fuels
- Vessel design and engineering
Hydrodynamics, improved efficiency of manufacturing processes to reduce material consumption, waste, energy use and carbon emissions
This competition is a welcome opportunity for marine companies throughout the UK, from leisure marine to commercial shipping. The whole industry; from ship and boat builders to equipment and systems suppliers, including small businesses, as well as academia and research institutions, should consider how it could help support their future R&D plans. Projects will need to involve two or more partners, with at least one from industry.
The Transport KTN will be assisting with the formation of partnerships and collaborations and has arranged three major information and briefing events in November and December, which are free to attend and we strongly urge BMF members to start thinking now about projects and project partners and to attend one of these briefings:
These events will be open to industry participants interested in finding out more about the scope of the competition, and the process of finding and working with partners and applying for funds, as well as networking with potential partners. Preparation ahead of the expected competition open period – from mid January to end February 2013 - will help industry maximise this opportunity. Once the competition opens the Technology Strategy Board will also hold an information day.
The Transport KTN events are designed to ensure industry is well prepared to act as soon as the competition opens, and full details and regular updates with news of the competition are available on the Transport KTN’s website Vessel Efficiency sub group page. This is the definitive source of all information, news, source documents and will include full event details and registration, as well as providing a networking contact point, at: https://connect.innovateuk.org/web/vessel-efficiency
You can contact the BMF Technical Team to discuss this opportunity further – firstname.lastname@example.org
Or contact Adrian Waddams, Transport KTN - email@example.com