CLOSED Opened: 22 December 2021 | Closes: 15 February 2022
The Heat Pump Ready Programme forms part of BEIS’ £1 billion Net Zero Innovation Portfolio (NZIP), which aims to accelerate the commercialisation of innovative clean energy technologies and processes through the 2020s and 2030s. As a key solution for decarbonising homes, heat pumps will be critical for meeting the UK’s legally binding commitment to achieve net zero by 2050. Heat Pump Ready will support the development of innovative solutions across the heat pump sector. Heat Pump Ready is aligned with other BEIS NZIP Programmes, in addition to Ofgem’s Network Innovation Fund (NIC) and the Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF), delivered in partnership with Innovate UK.
Stream 2 will support applied research and development projects, focused on driving down the lifetime costs of domestic heat pump deployment, improving the domestic consumer experience and acceptability of heat pumps through technology and process innovation.
Applicants are expected to demonstrate that their project proposals fall into one of the following 5 different categories:
- Reducing lifetime costs and increasing performance of domestic heat pumps
- Minimsing home disruption whilst providing high quality installation and supporting high quality installs
- Financial models to increase heat pump deployment
- Improving the consumer journey
- Smart and flexible home energy system
A single project can receive up to £2 million grant funding from BEIS in this Competition.
- Projects must be delivered by individual UK-based, private sector businesses (sole applicants) or by a consortium of UK-based project partners led by a UK-based private sector business (consortium applicants)
- Over 50% of the project’s activities (as measured by eligible project costs) must be conducted in the UK
- BEIS cannot fund the development of products which are already at commercial design at the start of the project, or which are already commercially or widely deployed in the UK or internationally
- Projects must be at Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 5 or above (Critical Function or Proof of Concept Established) as it is expected to reach TRL 8/9 at the end of their projects
- Projects must fall within the definitions of industrial research or experimental development