Brighton researchers explore innovative methods to source vital rare earth elements

University of Brighton researchers have been awarded a grant by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). The researchers, from the School of Applied Sciences and the Centre for Earth Observation, will be exploring more efficient and less damaging ways to source vital rare earth elements.

New cement alternative offers hope for low carbon constructors

Civil engineers at our North hub, Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) have developed a new type of cement which creates 80% fewer carbon emissions than concrete. This demonstrates how future buildings can be constructed with low carbon geopolymers in place of concrete.

University researcher wins bronze at STEM for BRITAIN competition

University of Brighton researcher, Julia Meister, won the “Bronze Sustainability award” out of over 150 finalists in the STEM for BRITAIN competition in the House of Commons. Julia has been working with the NHS and international healthcare providers to develop a new carbon emissions framework for hospital equipment.  

Brighton graduate pioneers portable speakers made from plastic waste

Co-founded by University of Brighton graduate, studio gomi has launched Collection One of its “regenerative” portable speakers, with each speaker containing the equivalent of 45 plastic bags worth of plastic waste. It’s powered by batteries sourced from end-of-life e-bikes.

Introducing: Let’s Go! Net Zero

Let’s Go! Net Zero is a new initiative to motivate businesses to embrace sustainability and encourage a forward thinking economy across West Sussex. It will provide businesses with information and sustainability tips through a countywide programme of demonstrator events. Green Business Champions will be the face of this project to inspire change – could you be one of them?

Transformative Technologies competition

The new Transformative Technologies competition offers up to £20m of funding specifically targeted at small and micro businesses in the UK that have never been funded by Innovate UK before. In addition to the grant support, applicants will be offered tailored business support delivered by Innovate UK EDGE.

Net zero heat: rapid assessment of building fabric performance

Innovate UK is funding up to £1.5 million for solutions that reduce the cost and time required for assessing fabric performance of buildings against net zero performance targets. The aim of this competition is to accelerate the shift to a net zero economy.

Farming Innovation Programme – large R&D partnerships Round 2

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £8 million for large R&D partnership projects, from the industry-led R&D Partnerships Fund, as part of the Farming Innovation Programme.

Innovation loans future economy competition: round 7

UK micro, small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) can apply for loans for innovative projects with strong commercial potential to significantly improve the UK economy.

Support available for Cleantech Venture Day applications 

Mark Riminton, our Business Development Manager and investment-readiness specialist, is offering support to any Clean Growth UK members applying to pitch. He’ll review your pitch deck and offer his insight into maximizing your chance of success.

Innovation Loans Future Economy Competition – Round 6

Innovate UK is offering up to £25 million in loans to micro, small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). These loans are for highly innovation late stage research and development projects that show a clear route to economic impact.

Commercialising low carbon innovation

Greentech South are running a workshop series to help you communicate your offer effectively to customers, potential investors and other stakeholders in your business.

Fast Start: Innovation

Innovate UK is offering small and micro businesses a share of up to £30 million in grants alongside tailored business support delivered by Innovate UK EDGE.

Medisort innovation recognition

Congratulations to Sussex based specialist clinical waste contractor, Medisort, for achieving grade ‘B – very good’ for their Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with our South East Hub, the University of Brighton.

We’re sponsoring Green Infrastructure Week

We’re proud to be sponsoring Green Infrastructure Week this year. The week is an opportunity to come together and focus on the technologies needed to create a net zero society. It’s happening from 25 April to 29 April.

Introducing: The Help to Grow Programme

Do you want to boost your business’ long-term performance? Increase productivity and achieve sustainable growth? Discover how the Help to Grow management course can accelerate your business and make a difference.

Automotive Transformation Fund Grants

The Advanced Propulsion Centre has launched grant funding as part of its Automotive Transformation Fund for feasibility studies on developing electric vehicle supply chains. Deadline: 9 March 2022.

Innovate UK Smart Grants: Spring 2022

Innovate UK has opened it’s Spring 2022 Smart Grants scheme for game-changing and disruptive innovation ideas with a high potential for commercial success. Deadline: 13 April 2022.

Funding towards Digital Solutions for Net Zero Energy

The Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) has launched grant funding to open software, hardware and data solutions that address the challenges of transforming to a net-zero energy system in the UK. Deadline: 9 March 2022.

Eureka funding for international innovation

Eureka, a network for international cooperation in R&D and innovation, has launched grant funding to develop collaborative research in partnership with organisations from participating Eureka Eurostars member countries.

The Future Home Standard – What does it mean for you?

As part of the net-zero mission, the Future of Homes Standard outlines what steps need to be taken to implement the required carbon-saving changes in the housing sector. 

Climate and Environmental Resilient Finance Grants

The Small Business Research Initiative has launched grant funding to develop solutions that integrate climate and environmental factors in the financial services industry. Deadline: 16 February 2022.

Net-Zero Automotive Technology Grants

The Advance propulsion Centre has announced grant funding to support innovative projects that accelerate the UK automotive industry towards a net-zero future. Deadline: 3 March 2022.

Liverpool John Moores exemplar houses

Liverpool John Moores University’s exemplar houses provide the perfect testbed for companies developing low carbon domestic housing technologies.

SME Community Solar Accelerator

The Brighton Energy Cooperative has announced grants for SMEs to fund the installation of solar PV and electric vehicle charging stations. Deadline: 30 June 2023.

Circular economy grants for SMEs

Grant funding to support research, testing and the development of a step-change transition approach for adopting circular economy practices.

Funding success

Three Clean Growth UK members were amongst a group of businesses recently awarded funding to carry out innovative business transformation projects in partnership with our South East hub, the University of Brighton.

Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator Grant

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has announced grant funding in collaboration with the Carbon Trust. The aim is to establish new partnerships between the developers of energy efficiency technology and industrial companies that can demonstrate this technology in an operational setting. Deadline: 3 January 2022.

Ofgem Strategic Innovation Fund 2021

The Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (OFGEM) has announced grant funding to support projects that decarbonise UK energy distribution and transmission networks while also benefiting energy consumers. Deadline: 17 November 2021.