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  • Industry Innovation Resources

  • There are several ways to get involved in networks innovation. The links below provide a wealth of information on current projects and criteria for funding. If you have further questions or wish to speak to us directly please contact us here
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  • Energy Innovation Centre (EIC)

    The EIC brings innovators and industry together. We partner with the EIC to find and progress transformative ideas from SMEs and innovators. The EIC’s specialist team will guide you through the application process, share many helpful innovator resources, and if necessary advise on the best funding options for your ideas. 

    Visit the EIC’s dedicated innovator support page

    Support is free of charge and includes access to various resources such as: 
    • the ultimate guide to innovating with the energy networks 
    • an interactive funding finder 
    • a single industry calendar 

    Solutions can also be proposed in response to ‘Calls for Innovation’, or ideas with the potential to benefit our industry partners can be submitted any time. See the latest opportunities/Calls for Innovation here. We are also working with the EIC to remove barriers to innovation and have signed up to an Industry and Innovator Operating Charter. Get involved, share your experience of working with us or voice a concern here.

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    • ENA Smarter Networks Portal

      The Smarter Networks Portal acts as a repository for innovative projects, focussing on the LCN Fund Tier 1 and Tier 2, IFI and RIIO.  From here you can view all ongoing projects ordered by funding mechanism, network operator, or technology, as well as latest news and events.

      The ENA also host portals to facilitate contact between DNOs and manufacturers, service, research, and solutions providers to encourage collaboration.


      LCNF Industry Co-ordination Platform

      NIA and NIC Collaboration Portal 

      Energy Networks Association - Links to ENA homepage
    • View Detailed Competition Information and Funded Projects

      Visit the Ofgem website for detailed information on the Electricity NIC and Low Carbon Networks Fund including submission guidance, newsletters, proformas, and a summary of projects funded in this and previous years
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    • Register Your Interest – Constraint Managed Zone

      Please note the deadline for registrations of interest has now passed. You can still download the briefing sheet below, and keep an eye on this page for future opportunities.