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Applications for our electrolyser technology competition now open

We are seeking early-stage electrolyser technologies which have the potential to significantly improve the efficiency of hydrogen production. 

Closing date: Sunday 21st April 2024

Eligibility

Applicants must meet the following essential eligibility requirements to be considered for funding: 

  • The proposed electrolyser technology must offer the potential to improve the efficiency of hydrogen production above that seen in commercially available technologies.  
  • IP ownership – the technology must be fully owned by the applicant organisation. 
  • The technology should be currently precommercial and have the potential to develop to pilot or prototype level by the end of 2025. 
  • Be eligible for funding by NZTC (the money awarded must not result in the company exceeding the Minimal Assistance Threshold of £315k total over the last 3-year period)  
  • Successful applicants must commit to engaging with NZTC over the development period. This will include providing regular reports on progress and spending.  

Applicants will be asked to specify the amount of money required during the application process. NZTC may decide to award all or part of the money requested.  

Contact for queries and further information 

Please direct any queries regarding the competition or the application process to: [email protected] 

Please note, we will endeavour to respond to all queries, and may take up to a week. Queries related to the online application process made in the final few days before the submission deadline may not be answered in time. 

Please review the full terms and conditions before entering into the Electrolyser Competition 

  • Projects are expected to: Start by June 2024 and end by the end of November 2025 and last up to 19 months. 
  • Applicants can be an organisation of any size and either work alone with others from business, research organisations, research and technology organisations or subcontractors. 
  • Contracts will be awarded only to a single legal entity. However, you can employ specialist consultants, advisers or partnering organisations as subcontractors. This work will still be the responsibility of the main contractor.  
  • We are looking for proposals that involve all the necessary stakeholders relevant to the proposed innovation, including end users of the solution. NZTC will facilitate end user support during the assessment period if required. 
  • Each grant request can be from £50K up to £315k and cover each project for up to 19 months.  NZTC is unable to award organisations where the proposed grant will result in exceeding the MFA threshold of £315k.   
  • As the Grant will be awarded under Minimal Financial Assistance (MFA), in order to enter into the competition you must have sufficient availability remaining within the £315k MFA threshold within your company (including all other companies within your group structure).  
  • We will not award you funding if you have: failed to complete a previously funded project or failed to comply with grant terms and conditions. 
  • This competition provides funding in line with the UK’s obligations and commitments to Subsidy Control, specifically in reference Minimal Financial Assistance (MFA). Further information about the UK Subsidy Control requirements can be found within the Subsidy Control Act 2022. 
  • NZTC is unable to award organisations that are considered to be in financial difficulty. We will conduct financial viability and eligibility tests to confirm this is not the case following the application stage. 

Funding Agreement

All successful applications will be governed under the terms of a funding agreement separate to these terms and conditions, which shall be prepared by NZTC and issued following confirmation of the successful applications.  These terms are non-negotiable.  If the terms are not acceptable to organisations receiving the funding, then NZTC cannot proceed with the funding application.  

NZTC reserve the right to revise or amend these terms at any point prior to contract award.  

Company Information 

As part of the application process, you will be asked to complete a company information document which will be provided to you NZTC at the relevant stage. This form will ask you to supply information to support the size of your company (headcount and turnover) along with details of the company group structure (if relevant). Information on any prior Subsidy / State Aid Awards received in last 3 years and self-declaration requirements for Company Director(s), Shareholder(s) and any key personnel whom you expect to be involved in the project. 

Funding 

It should be noted in compliance with requirements of Subsidy Control – only eligible costs can be included and as such: 

  • NZTC cannot provide any funding to your company that results in your company realising profit from conducting this specific R&D project activity. 
  • Eligible personnel costs will be funded at cost rates and capped at £500 per day 
  • Only costs associated with the project should be included, either in full or part (where any item is not fully utilised for the purpose of the project). 
  • General company costs that are not directly linked to the project cannot be included. 
  • Any costs incurred prior to NZTC approval of the project and execution of the funding agreement cannot be included in the project budget and will not be eligible for funding. 

Detailed Budget 

As part of the application process, you will be asked to complete a funding template which will be provided to you by NZTC at the relevant stage. This form will ask you to provide a listing of all eligible costs, including both total value and phasing per month. Descriptions of all costs, including any calculations used and justification for inclusion as part of the project and supporting information and documentation to substantiate/evidence the proposed costs. 

In addition, for reference, an assessment will be carried out by the NZTC Finance team to ensure the application meets the requirements of Subsidy Control, please click here, for further information regarding Subsidies.