Engaging with regional clusters and SMEs to accelerate the identification, development and commercialisation of innovative technology in offshore renewable energy is a key objective for ORE Catapult.
We are already working in collaboration with regional organisations involved in innovation and economic development in offshore renewable energy, and are looking to establish new strategic partnerships, investing resources to focus on SME-led innovation and to drive regional delivery.
This regional engagement strategy builds on direct discussions with Local Enterprise Partnerships, Economic Development bodies and Devolved Administrations across the UK over a number of months, and has been designed based on input from the regions.
We are a key delivery partner in SCORE2, £6million grant fund supporting small and medium sized companies that are developing new technologies.
Grants are available for up to 40% of eligible costs or £50,000, whichever is the lower, with a minimum grant of £2,500.
And we can put you in touch with engineers, researchers and specialists in business growth technology accelerations and product commercialisation from our partners, along with our partners Nwes and Nautilus Associates. Our support is free of charge to eligible companies operating in offshore wind, wave and tidal, other marine renewable energy technologies and their direct supply chains.
To qualify for a grant and specialist support your company must employ fewer than 250 people and have net assets of less than €50million. SCORE is open to start-up and established companies.
Marine-i, a collaboration between the Universities of Exeter and Plymouth, The Cornwall College Group, Cornwall Marine Network, Cornwall Development Company and ORE Catapult brings together key infrastructure and expertise to enable the generation of new innovation in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly’s marine sector, which has been identified as an area of high growth potential.
Marine-i will focus on four interconnected themes: marine energy, marine manufacturing, maritime operations and marine environmental technologies, to stimulate and support business-led and market-driven research and development and innovation to drive productivity and the exploitation of new market opportunities. Marine-i also forms part of the Marine Hub Cornwall sector collaboration, which aims to showcase Cornwall as a world class centre for marine renewables technology.
The Marine-i team will include innovation managers and business research fellows from the partners who will provide direct technology and innovation support to SMEs, and will act as the conduit to access the wide range of specialist services and facilities that are available within the project. At the heart of the Marine-i is a £3.18m Marine Challenge Fund offering a range of grants from £5K to £150K – a delegated scheme that has been specifically designed to drive marine sector research, development and innovation.