To take part in this targeted call a business should contact one of our KTP advisers to seek further information on eligibility and the application process. You can find you local adviser at the following link: http://www.ktponline.org.uk/advisers
The Technology Strategy Board, Welsh Government and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) are to invest jointly up to £1m to establish new Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) in the area of power electronics. We are looking to support a cohort of up to 12 KTPs UK-wide for this thematic KTP competition, with up to three of these coming from companies based in Wales.
Power electronics is considered key to enabling a resilient energy system for a future UK energy mix which will include a larger percentage of renewables, connectivity to a European supergrid, community energy systems, and electric vehicle charging.
This targeted call for KTPs aims to stimulate and support supply chain innovation in power electronics and the energy sector. It is part of a £5.4m programme and is running in parallel with a £4.4m Technology Strategy Board investment in power electronics. Typical annual project costs could be in the region of £60k with a third of this being contributed by the company, in the case of an SME.
This targeted call will encourage knowledge-sharing across projects, and will facilitate effective links to the UK research base, including the developing EPSRC National Centre for Power Electronics. This will give the businesses involved access to knowledge and expertise held by a range of academic groups with different perspectives on the high-level challenges facing the industry.
KTP applicants can link their projects to the Technology Strategy Board technical feasibility or collaborative R&D competition strands where appropriate. Those organisations applying to both competitions must make sure that their proposals can stand alone and are not dependent on both applications being successful. NB: This document provides information on the targeted call for KTPs only. Those wishing to apply for feasibility studies or collaborative R&D projects should visit www.innovateuk.org
and look under Competitions.
This call for KTPs will provide new opportunities for open innovation and knowledge exchange across supply chains and sectors, and will help businesses to integrate sustainable innovation into their organisations. Through this call we aim to bring new innovation capacity and capability to UK businesses by promoting the commercialisation of knowledge, technology and expertise.
This KTP thematic call is in direct response to the challenges set out in the 2011 BIS report: Power electronics – a strategy for success.
We will part fund KTPs. The targeted call opens on 4 February 2013 and the deadline for applications is 19 June 2013. A briefing/brokering event for potential applicants will be held in Birmingham on 13 February 2013.