Digital Twin Energy Grids

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £1.2m for collaborative projects that enable digital twins, data interoperability and cyber resilience in UK energy networks.

Opportunity Details

When

Registration Opens

22/04/2024

Registration Closes

24/05/2024

Award

Your project’s total grant funding request must be between £100,000 and £300,000. This can cover up to 70% of total costs depending on project size and business type.

Organisation

Innovate UK

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Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £1.2 million in innovation projects that enable digital twins, data interoperability and cyber resilience in the UK energy networks. This competition is part of the Building a Secure Resilient World programme (BSRW).

The aim of this competition is to improve the cyber resilience of the UK’s energy networks by enabling the development of digital twins. Projects must relate to cyber resilience of the energy grids.

Your proposal must:

  • enable, support or deliver digital twins in energy networks
  • improve the cyber resilience of the energy networks
  • improve access to high quality and interoperable data in energy networks
  • engage with end users in its development

We welcome collaborative applications from cybersecurity, data and digital twin SMEs from outside the energy sector. We encourage collaborations with BSRW projects and related initiatives. See Scope and Further Information for details. You are encouraged to consider the OFGEM SIF competition should you wish to consider alternative funding routes.

Click here to view the Competition Launch event from 15 April.
Click here to watch the recording of the briefing webinar from 25 April.

  • To lead a project your organisation must:

    • be a UK registered business of any size
    • be or involve at least one grant claiming micro, small or medium-sized enterprise (SME)
    • collaborate with other UK registered organisations
    • carry out its project in the UK and have an impact on the UK electricity network

    To collaborate with the lead, your organisation must be one of the following UK registered:

    • business of any size
    • academic institution
    • charity
    • not for profit
    • public sector organisation
    • research and technology organisation (RTO)
    • licensed energy company or regulator

    A business can only lead on one application but can be included as a collaborator in two further applications.

    All other organisations, and any business not leading an application, can collaborate on any number of applications.

  • Your project must:

    • have a total grant funding request of between £100,000 and £300,000
    • last between 6 months and 12 months
    • carry out all of its project work in the UK
    • intend to exploit the results from or in the UK
    • start by 1 October 2024
    • end by 30 September 2025
  • The aim of this competition is to improve the cyber resilience of the UK’s energy networks by enabling the development of digital twins.

    We use this definition of a Digital Twin.

    Your project must:

    • enable, support or deliver digital twins in energy networks
    • improve the cyber resilience of the energy networks
    • improve access to high quality and interoperable data in energy networks
    • engage with end users in its development

    You can demonstrate testing in end user or real world conditions.

    Your project can:

    • enable the development of digital twins for energy networks
    • improve cyber resilience of the systems, technologies, data and information in energy networks
    • increase collaborations between SMEs, energy networks and researchers
    • deliver products, services or solutions that could be commercialised
    • help to deliver the goals of the UKRI Building a Secure and Resilient World programme (BSRW)

    We encourage proposals with BSRW projects and related initiatives. Further details can be found in the supporting information section.

    Applications are welcomed from SMEs who specialise in:

    • cybersecurity
    • data interoperability
    • operational technologies
    • analytics and digital twins

    We encourage SMEs to apply from outside the energy sector

    We encourage proposals that collaborate with Ofgem regulated companies involved in the distribution, storage, connection and transmission of energy, including those not eligible for SIF funding.

    We also encourage you to align with:

    Your project can create a Software Bill of Materials (SBOM).

  • Your project can focus on one or more of the following:

    • developing digital twins and their underpinning technologies
    • enabling future federated digital twins
    • system modelling for data driven decision making
    • improving data interoperability, sharing, quality and security
    • securing operational and control room technologies
    • cybersecurity threat detection, analysis and mitigation
    • data driven technologies for grid stability, forecasting, balancing
    • demand side response security such as Energy Smart Appliances
    • data sharing licensing and legal considerations

    We are not funding projects that:

    • do not have an application for cyber resilience of the energy grids
    • do not consider interoperability of data
    • are only applicable on gas networks
  • Innovate UK Business Connect hosted an online briefing on Monday 15 April: click here to watch the recording.

    Innovate UK will hold a further online briefing on Thursday 25 April at 10am: click here to register for a place.

    If you would like help to find a project partner, contact Innovate UK Business Connect’s Energy team.

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2024

Digital Twin Energy Grids

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