Calling Innovators: Get Ready to Submit your Project Ideas for NIC 2021 Funding

What is it 


The NIC is an annual funding scheme for the development and demonstration of new technologies, operating and commercial arrangements. Funding will be provided for the best innovation projects which help all network operators understand what they need to do to provide environmental benefits, reduce costs, and maintain security as Great Britain moves to a low carbon economy. Typically, NIC projects run for three to four years, allowing sufficient time to design, develop, test, and trial new solutions.



What’s in for you 


Budgets for NIC projects range from approx. £3M to £20M. Take a look at their current project – DC Share as an example.

By submitting your idea, you will get the chance to work with our team of highly skilled engineers to develop your innovative ideas into a multi-year project that can help you to mature your products, services and solutions and introduce them to the network companies in Great Britain.





Who is this for? 

Applications are open to companies, individuals, groups and projects matching the NIC eligibility criteria. They would particularly welcome applications from high-tech small and medium-size enterprises and start-ups, and the opportunity to build on their entrepreneurial and innovation skills to adapt and disseminate new technology in the focus areas detailed above.

The NIC is looking for ideas to improve our understanding and capabilities around:


Use of data in the energy transition – How can we best use new or existing data to plan and operate our networks more efficiently and effectively, and create value for stakeholders?

Electrification of heat – How will this impact our networks, and how can we leverage customer flexibility?

Decarbonisation & Net-Zero – How can we best help local authorities to understand and act on the implications of local decarbonisation ambitions?

Electrification of transport – How can we facilitate additional network capacity to support EV charging in constrained network areas?



How to apply


Register here for their webinar on November 16, 14:00 GMT.
This will give you a deep-dive on their innovation themes, details of the submission and selection process, and key dates for this call for ideas.

If you are unsure whether your proposal meets these criteria, please reach out to us at We are happy to provide additional guidance or clarification.

To understand what innovation projects, UK network operators are undertaking, visit the ENA’s Smarter Network Portal.


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