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Technology Strategy Board, dstl and Scottish Enterprise funding innovative projects in vessel efficiency

The Transport KTN is delighted to announce that the Technology Strategy Board has confirmed that, with additional funding from DSTL and Scottish Enterprise, they are launching an £8million competition for fast track and collaborative R&D projects related to Marine Vessel Efficiency.

They are looking for UK businesses – from inside and outside the industry – to develop solutions covering many aspects of efficiency in existing and future ships, boats, submarines, and their associated equipment and systems.

They seek innovative proposals that address the issues of improving current vessel performance and efficiency, but at the same time attract projects for future vessel design, coatings and propulsion systems.

The competition is also aiming to build collaboration across the maritime and marine industry, and develop UK-based supply chains and SMEs to underpin a national Strategy for Growth.

The full scope and competition details are available here.

Funding to enable you to try something new

This competition, as with other Technology Strategy Board competitions, is aimed at stimulating innovation throughout the supply chains, and applications from SMEs and micro organisations are actively encourthe aged.  Growth potential is significant throughout the supply chains in the industry, including naval, leisure, commercial and support for offshore renewables sector.

Find out how

You can find out more about how to get your share of this funding, as well as hear from other successful applicants and obtain quality networking, at the Transport KTN information and consortia-building days in the next few weeks.  Recognising that it can be difficult for smaller, far-flung organisations to take the time and expenditure to travel to London (27th Nov), we are also running these events in Glasgow (5th Dec) and Merseyside (11th Dec).  Attendance at one of these events will put you in a great position to apply for the funds when the competition opens for expressions of interest on January 14th.

Competition is a perfect opportunity for growth

 "Having supported the development of the Growth Strategy and the RoadMap over the past two years we are very pleased with the announcement of this competition." says Neil Ridley, Transport KTN Director.

"The Competition supports both the Growth Strategy and Roadmap by providing a mechanism to accelerate innovation in the areas identified in the roadmap and, simultaneously, deliver significant growth.


What sort of innovation is being encouraged?

Consult the scope document for a concise indication of some key areas in which the competition expects to encourage innovation, however, these include

  • light weighting and smart materials (e.g. light weight, composite materials; low-friction and antifouling coatings; self healing and nano-materials; embedded sensors);
  • positioning, communications, navigation and ICT (e.g. voyage and navigation management, HCI for decision support; autonomous systems; satellite and telecoms);
  • green ship technologies (e.g. next generation vessel propulsion; thermal management systems; emissions management; alternative fuels);
  • vessel design and engineering (e.g. vessel hydrodynamics; advanced manufacturing processes; retro-fitting and modifications to existing assets; through-life energy-efficient design). 

About the Competition funding

Fast Track

Around 10% of the budget is allocated to Fast Track projects, expected to last 6-12 months, with a total project value of £200k to £500k each.


Larger collaborative projects with project values in the range £250k to £3M, are expected to last 1-3 years.

Funding Ratios

Funding will be at 60% funding for small companies and 50% for large companies. Proposals must be business led, but universities and RTOs can take part at 80% FEC funding (via JeS), as described in the new TSB funding rules.

Key dates:

Information and consortia-building day, London, 27th Nov

Information and consortia-building day, Glasgow, 5th Dec

Information and consortia-building day, Merseyside, 11th Dec

Competition opens: 14 January 2013

Briefing event:  22 January 2013

Registration deadline:  20 February 2013 noon

Expressions of interest (EOI) deadline:  27 February 2013 noon

Stage 2 opens for invited applicants:  18 March 2013

Deadline for invited applications: 1 May 2013 noon

Please refer to the Scope document for full details.

Transport KTN supporting YOU

The Transport KTN will be supporting industry to ensure awareness and understanding of the competition through a range of activities over the coming months, including our three briefing and consortia-building events in London, Glasgow and Merseyside.

We have set up an online networking and information group - Vessel Efficiency - to help you network, ask questions and find out information.  Do please join it - it's free and as you get notifications for new info, it makes the whole thing painless!

We are also available to answer questions and help you find consortia partners.  Just contact us via the contact information on the Vessel Efficiency group, or email us.  

Alternatively, if you are seeking consortia partners, please join the vessel efficiency group and post your requirements in the Vessel Efficiency group's articles section (please note that it takes up to one working day - though usually less - for your permissions to update, and we reserve the right to remove inappropriate posts without warning).  

Follow us on Twitter - @transportktn or sign up for rss feeds on the Vessel Efficiency group's articles section to keep up to date with news and consortia-partner requests.

We look forward to hearing from you and to seeing you at our events in London, Glasgow and Merseyside.


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