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Innovate with us: funding available through National Grid Electricity System Operator

National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) invites you to participate in our Open Innovation Event on 27 and 28 November 2019 in Birmingham.

We want to partner with academic, industry and other innovators to develop projects that address our electricity innovation priorities. Significant funding is available for successful applications.

The funding application is open now and closes on Friday 1 November 2019.

Applicants that pass the first selection round will be invited to a two day event at the NEC in Birmingham to develop ideas into comprehensive project proposals alongside our subject matter experts.

Your application must focus on one of these priority areas:

1.            Digital Transformation

2.            System Stability

3.            Whole Electricity System

For information on what’s driving these priorities, what we need to do and some case study examples of our projects, please download this document outlining our Three Innovation Priorities.

Three Innovation Priorities

Please download our Network Innovation Allowance (NIA) contracting criteria including information about Intellectual Property.

Network Innovation Allowance (NIA) criteria


The application process

Below is a guide to our application process with important dates.

What do I have to do?

Complete our online application form by Friday 1 November.

Online application form

When will I know if my project has been shortlisted?

We’ll contact you to let you know whether you have been shortlisted by Wednesday 13 November.

Can I submit more than one idea?

Yes, but each idea must be documented on a separate template and must address one of the three priority areas above.

Any questions?

If you have any questions please email us at [email protected]

Thank you for your interest and we look forward to hearing from you.