28 January 2022

Devon Net Zero Innovation Fund – Round 2 – applications open Monday 31 January 2022

  • Are you an academic working with a business to develop a new low carbon technology or service?
  • Are you a business looking to take advantage of the opportunities presented by the Green Industrial Revolution and a low carbon future?

The Devon Net Zero Innovation Fund (DNZIF) enables collaborations between Devon enterprises and University of Plymouth academic researchers. These collaborations will help to accelerate the development of new products or services in any sector to lead to a reduction in carbon emissions. There is funding available of up to £7,500 per enterprise to spend on researcher time and related consumables. The opportunity aligns with the UK Government’s Build Back Better strategy as the UK shifts towards a net zero carbon future; recognising that working towards net zero is a major opportunity for economic growth and job creation across the UK and particularly in Devon with its rich natural capital and innovative technologies. Round 1 of the DNZIF in 2021 resulted in our academics collaborating with Devon companies in the following areas:

  • developing cost effective ways to improve the efficiency of photovoltaics
  • an analysis of different Devon soil types and their suitability in cob building materials
  • development of nutritional and therapeutic products from agricultural by-products
  • development of innovative and disruptive carbon neutral packaging solutions
  • seagrass related research and innovation

Applications for Round 2 will open from Monday 31st January. From this date the webpage will be updated with further information, details of how to apply and appropriate contact details for help with any questions. Closing date: Thursday 31 March 2022

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