Call for CASE Project Applications

Deadline for Applications: 5pm Friday 26th February 2021

We are currently seeking applications from suitably qualified consortia for research and development funding to support the decarbonisation of the energy system in Northern Ireland.

Do you work (or want to work) within the following fields?

  • Ocean energy – wave, tidal, offshore wind, floating solar
  • Bio-energy – anaerobic digestion, biogas production, upgrading, bio-fuel production,
  • Energy systems – community/local energy, grid stabilisation, ancillary and distribution system operator services, demand side management and Power-to-X

We would particularly welcome applications in the hydrogen and heat sectors as these have the potential to contribute significantly to the decarbonisation of energy systems in Northern Ireland.

With Invest NI Competence Centre programme funding, these projects need not be market ready but must have a clear pathway to commercialisation and have an ultimate benefit to the Northern Ireland economy.

Interested organisations should contact Simon Murray ([email protected]) or Sam McCloskey ([email protected]) or on 028 9097 5577 for an initial discussion and/or application form.

What is CASE?

The Centre for Advanced Sustainable Energy (CASE) is funded through Invest NI’s Competence Centre Programme and aims to transform the sustainable energy sector through business research. CASE is hosted at Queen’s University Belfast and is partnered with Ulster University and the Agri Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI). The research impact and outcomes will benefit the project consortium and the wider Northern Ireland economy.

The Small Print

  • Applications that meet the minimum criteria will be invited to submit a full project proposal that will undergo two rounds of evaluation.
  • Projects MUST be collaborative and include at least three companies and at least one research institution (Queen’s University Belfast, Ulster University or the Agri-Food & Biosciences Institute). All partners must sign a collaboration agreement before project work can begin. Copies of the template collaboration agreement are available on request. The research will largely be carried out by the academic team but will be in partnership with industry and responding to industry need. The funding will go directly to the academic partner(s) undertaking the research.
  • Industry partners pay a membership fee to CASE of £550 per annum (additional membership benefits can be found on the CASE website) and also contribute to the cost of their project;
    • 1% of academic project costs for small companies (<50 employees)
    • 2% of academic project costs for medium companies (>49 employees)
    • 4% of academic project costs for large companies (>250 employees)
  • Companies also provide at least 25% of the value of the project ‘in-kind’.