Notice: Nuclear advanced modular reactor feasibility and development

There is £4 million of funding for feasibility projects for nuclear advanced modular reactors. Up to £40 million of further funding may be available for development, subject to government approval.

To lead a project you need a viable route to market and can:

  • be an organisation of any size or type
  • work with others as subcontractors

These guidance notes must be read in conjunction with the invitation to tender and are designed to help with completing the application form.

Notice: Powering Past Coal Alliance declaration

Updated: Partners list updated to include: State of California, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Latvia, Liechtensten, State of Oregen, Sweden, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. 24 businesses and organisations have also signed up.

Coal-fired power plants produce almost 40% of global electricity, and coal-fired power generation emits twice as much CO2 as gas per unit of electricity, making carbon pollution from coal a leading contributor to climate change.

On 16 November 2017 an alliance committed to moving the world from burning coal to cleaner power sources was launched at COP23, the UN climate change talks.

This declaration sets out the commitments and lists the alliance partners.

Notice: Enemy Property Payments and Baltic States schemes: invitation to apply

During the Second World War the UK government confiscated assets in British territories owned by residents of enemy countries under the Trading with the Enemy Act 1939. The Enemy Property Payment scheme and Baltic States scheme were established to compensate those who had their assets in the UK incorrectly confiscated.

The purpose of this notice is to invite original owners or their heirs to apply for compensation where their UK assets have not yet been returned to them.

Notice: IPCC call for UK Experts: IPCC Special Report on Climate Change and Land

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is producing a Special Report on climate change, desertification, land degradation, sustainable land management, food security and greenhouse gas fluxes in terrestrial ecosystems. The UK Focal Point, based in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), invites expressions of interest from UK experts to participate in the production of this Special Report.

View the outline of the Special Report approved by the Panel at its 45th Session, which includes a timeline.

A detailed description of the IPCC writing and review process is contained in the Procedures for the Preparation, Review, Acceptance, Adoption, Approval and Publication of IPCC Reports available on the IPCC website. The tasks and responsibilities for Coordinating Lead Authors, Lead Authors, and Review Editors are specified in Annex 1 to these procedures. The first Author Meeting is currently scheduled to be held in October 2017.

Further information is available on the IPCC website.

To apply

The IPCC requires that the nominees have appropriate expertise. The IPCC website has a list of relevant expertise which was produced for the scoping meeting. All nominations should include the Working Group(s), chapter(s), and author role(s) for which the candidate is being nominated; a specification of the nominees’ key area of expertise.

To be considered for nomination, please complete the nominations form below and send it to beisipccauthorsupport@beis.gov.uk by midnight on Thursday 11th May 2017.

Next steps

The UK Focal Point will submit nominations meeting expertise criteria and minimum application standards as described by the IPCC.

The Coordinating Lead Authors, Lead Authors and Review Editors will be selected by the Working Group I, II and III Bureaux. The composition of the group of Coordinating Lead Authors and Lead Authors for each chapter shall aim to reflect: the range of scientific, technical and socio-economic views and expertise; geographic representation (ensuring appropriate representation of experts from developing and developed countries and countries with economies in transition); a mixture of experts with and without previous experience in IPCC; and gender balance.

The Coordinating Lead Authors and Lead Authors will be requested to attend four Lead Author meetings between 2017 and 2019 and possibly other chapter drafting meetings. In order to reduce the amount of travel, most chapter drafting meetings will be conducted through web conferences. The presence of the Coordinating Lead Authors and selected Lead Authors may be requested at Sessions of the IPCC and its Working Groups during 2019 to assist in finalizing the Summary for Policymakers. The time commitment of Review Editors is less than for Lead Authors but will include attendance at two Lead Authors meetings. Further information about the schedule can be found in the IPCC’s Strategic Planning Schedule.

BEIS is unable to guarantee travel & subsistence support for attendance at relevant meetings. A level of assistance may be considered, once other reasonable potential sources of support, such as the applicant’s employer, have been exhausted. Applicants may seek such support from the team of the UK IPCC Focal Point by contacting beisipccauthorsupport@beis.gov.uk for further information on the process. Applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis only after formal invitation from the IPCC has been received.

Notice: IPCC call for UK Experts: IPCC Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is producing a Special Report on the “Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate”. The UK Focal Point, based in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), invites expressions of interest from UK experts to participate in the production of this Special Report.

View the outline of the Special Report approved by the Panel at its 45th Session, which includes a timetable.

A detailed description of the IPCC writing and review process is contained in the Procedures for the Preparation, Review, Acceptance, Adoption, Approval and Publication of IPCC Reports available on the IPCC website. The tasks and responsibilities for Coordinating Lead Authors, Lead Authors, and Review Editors are specified in Annex 1 to these procedures. The first Author Meeting is currently scheduled to be held in October 2017.

Further information is available on the IPCC website.

To apply

The IPCC requires that the nominees have appropriate expertise. The IPCC website has a list of relevant expertise which was produced for the scoping meeting. All nominations should include the Working Group(s), chapter(s), and author role(s) for which the candidate is being nominated, a specification of the nominees’ key area of expertise and be accompanied by a summary CV of maximum four pages, including a list of relevant publications. Experts can be nominated for a maximum of three chapters. All nominations should indicate clearly the field of expertise of the nominee.and be accompanied by a curriculum vitae and a list of relevant publications.

To be considered for nomination, please complete the nominations form and send it to beisipccauthorsupport@beis.gov.uk by midnight on Friday 12th May 2017.

Next steps

The UK Focal Point will submit nominations meeting expertise criteria and minimum application standards for this meeting as described by the IPCC.

Coordinating Lead Authors, Lead Authors and Review Editors will be selected by the Working Group I and II Bureau. The composition of the group of Coordinating Lead Authors and Lead Authors for each chapter shall aim to reflect: the range of scientific, technical and socio-economic views and expertise; geographic representation (ensuring appropriate representation of experts from developing and developed countries and countries with economies in transition); a mixture of experts with and without previous experience in IPCC; and gender balance.

The Coordinating Lead Authors and Lead Authors will be requested to attend four Lead Author meetings between 2017 and 2019 and possibly other chapter drafting meetings. In order to reduce the amount of travel, most chapter drafting meetings will be conducted through web conferences. The presence of the Coordinating Lead Authors and selected Lead Authors may be requested at Sessions of the IPCC and its Working Groups during 2019 to assist in finalizing the Summary for Policymakers. The time commitment of Review Editors is less than for Lead Authors but will include attendance at two Lead Authors meetings. Further information about the schedule can be found in the IPCC’s Strategic Planning Schedule.

BEIS is unable to guarantee travel and subsistence support for attendance at relevant meetings. A level of assistance may be considered, once other reasonable potential avenues of sources of support, such as the applicant’s employer, have been exhausted. Applicants may seek such support from the team of the UK IPCC Focal Point by contacting beisipccauthorsupport@beis.gov.uk for further information on the process. Applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis only after formal invitation from the IPCC has been received.

Notice: Funding competition: energy catalyst round 5

Updated: Added link to register for brokerage event in London with DFID. Added link to recorded briefing and supporting materials.

The Department for International Development (DFID), the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) are to invest up to £13 million in innovation projects to address the global need for clean, affordable and secure energy.

The aim of the Energy Catalyst competition is to support highly innovative, market-focused energy solutions in any technology or sector or international market.

Proposals must address all 3 elements of the energy trilemma:

  • cost
  • emissions
  • security of supply

The competition is open to any UK organisation and may also include international partners. You should apply into the stream most closely aligned with your project. Universities and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are encouraged to apply. Research organisations may lead early-stage feasibility projects.

There are 3 options to apply into this competition. These are referred to as streams and will be run in parallel. The streams are dependent on the stage your project is at:

  • early stage
  • mid-stage
  • late stage

You should choose the stream that broadly reflects the technical and commercial readiness of your project.

Early-stage competition stream

These are technical feasibility projects. Projects can last up to 1 year, with total costs ranging from £50,000 to £300,000. Research organisations may lead early-stage projects, in partnership with at least one UK business. UK SMEs can lead early-stage projects with or without partners.

Mid-stage competition stream

These are industrial research projects. Projects can last up to 3 years, with total costs ranging from £50,000 to £1.5 million. Mid-stage projects must be collaborative and led by a UK business.

Late-stage competition stream

These are experimental development projects. Projects can last up to 3 years, with total costs ranging from £50,000 to £10 million. Late-stage projects must be collaborative and led by a UK business.

All projects must include at least one UK business. We expect most projects to start on 1 January 2018.

The competition opens on 24 April 2017.

You must register before midday on 21 June 2017.

You must apply before midday on 28 June 2017.

Attend one of the brokerage events in:
London
Birmingham
Glasgow
London (with DFID)

Not right for your innovation project? View other Innovate UK funding competitions.

Notice: Proposed acquisition of Sepura plc by Hytera Communications Corporation Ltd: public interest intervention

On Thursday 9 February 2017 the shareholders of Sepura plc approved the proposed acquisition of Sepura plc by Hytera Communications Corporation Ltd.

Under the powers set out in the Enterprise Act 2002, the Secretary of State is able to intervene on national security grounds. This responsibility is discharged in a quasi-judicial capacity.

On 27 and 28 March 2017, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) wrote to Sepura and Hytera respectively confirming that the Secretary of State was minded to intervene on national security public interest grounds and invited further representations for consideration before coming to a final decision.

On Monday 10 April 2017, the Secretary of State issued a public interest intervention notice, confirming that he is intervening in the merger on national security grounds. In reaching this decision, he considered the representations received from the parties and further advice from the Home Secretary.

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) will prepare a report on the competition and national security aspects of the proposed transaction. The CMA has 15 working days, until midnight on Thursday 4 May 2017, to complete and submit this report to the Secretary of State.

Notice: Proposal to make Orders giving exemption from the requirement for a licence to generate electricity

Views are sought on a proposal to make Orders giving exemption from the requirement for a generation licence to:

  • Heck Fen Wind Park Limited, in respect of the Heckington Fen Wind Park
  • Innogy Renewables UK Limited, in respect of the Brechfa Forest West Wind Farm
  • Ray Wind Farm Limited in, respect of the Ray Wind Farm
  • RWE Cogen UK Limited, in respect of the Cheshire Power Station
  • Snowdonia Pumped Hydro Limited, in respect of the Glyn Rhonwy Pumped Hydro

And:

  • Banks Renewables (Kype Muir Wind Farm) Limited, in respect of Kype Muir Wind Farm
  • Banks Renewables (Middle Muir Wind Farm) Limited, in respect of Middle Muir Wind Farm
  • Brockloch Rig Windfarm Limited, in respect of Brockloch Rig Windfarm (also known as Windy Standard 2 Windfarm)

Representations on the issues raised in the document and the proposal are invited by 2 May 2017 and should be made to:

Chris Chown
Energy Market Framework
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
1 Victoria Street
London
SW1H 0ET

Telephone: 0300 068 6085
email: chris.chown@beis.gov.uk