Innovator Support Portal: An Online Gateway for SMEs

Innovation is crucial to transforming the UK energy system to meet carbon reduction targets and achieve our clean growth ambitions.

Energy Systems Catapult has an Innovator Support Portal to provide SMEs with an online gateway to energy sector guides, insights, partnering, funding, investors and international opportunities.


The Innovator Support Portal is currently undergoing a rebuild to create an upgraded and more sophisticated platform.

But for the time being we will continue to provide support to SMEs through our regular Innovator Challenges and Universal Support tools and our quarterly SME newsletter

Funding Opportunities are updated below, please check back in the Autumn for our new portal.


Latest Funding Opportunities

Helsinki Energy Challenge

In order to find the best solutions for the heating of Helsinki during the decades to come, the City of Helsinki invites the innovators around the world to join the Helsinki Energy Challenge – a one million euro challenge competition that seeks to answer the question: How can we decarbonise the heating of Helsinki, using as little biomass as possible?

Closing Date:  September 30, 2020

Bridging for Innovators (B4I) Funding

B4I offers businesses unique access to a suite of high-tech scientific facilities and knowledge to fast-track solutions to industrial challenges.

Changing human behaviours to combat climate change

The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) is working with ENGIE to identify innovative solutions that will help to instigate, facilitate and sustain these changes. Behavioural change is required at both an individual and organisational level and ENGIE is interested in solutions that seek to change behaviour in ways that support the rapid transition to zero carbon.


Open call for Application Experiment (AE): DigiFed offers grants of up to € 55k as well as technical and business support for the development of smart applications in Europe.

Closing Date:  9th June 2020


What is the Innovator Support Portal?

Innovator Support Portal:

  • Introduction to Energy Sector – guides to the GB energy sector
  • Insights – market intelligence, horizon scanning, research
  • Partnering – connect with a network of innovators and experts
  • Funding – funding finder tool, innovation calls and investor links
  • Catapult Network – learn about all 8 Catapults
  • International ­– discover global opportunities.