What is a Catapult?

Catapult centres were established and overseen by Innovate UK as a new addition to its range of programmes to stimulate innovation. They are places where the best of the UK’s innovative businesses and researchers work together to bring new products and services more quickly to commercialisation. Focusing on areas with great market potential, Catapults will open up global opportunities for the UK and generate economic growth for the future.

For more information, please visit the Catapult website.

How are Catapults funded?

In addition to funding received from Innovate UK, direct contracts with UK business form a significant part of the overall funding for the Catapults. The Catapults are also well positioned to secure funding from competitive Collaborative Research and Development (CR&D) grants, including EU funding.

The aim is that, once established, the Catapults will generate their funding broadly equally from three sources:

  1. Business-funded R&D contracts (i.e. contract research) won competitively
  2. Collaboratively applied R&D projects funded jointly by the public and private sector, again won competitively
  3. Core public funding for investment in the capabilities; know how, expertise and skills and long term capital assets of the centre.

Why was the Energy Systems Catapult set up?

Energy Systems Catapult was set up to accelerate the transformation of the UK’s energy system and ensure UK businesses and consumers capture the opportunities of clean growth. The Catapult is an independent, not-for-profit centre of excellence that bridges the gap between industry, government, academia and research. We take a whole-systems view of the energy sector, helping us to identify and address innovation priorities and market barriers, in order to decarbonise the energy system at the lowest cost.

What will the Energy Systems Catapult deliver?

Energy Systems Catapult’s mission is to unleash innovation and open new markets to capture the clean growth opportunity.

Strategic Objectives

  1. Creating demand pull for energy systems innovation by working to remove existing barriers and open new markets for the sector;
  2. Supporting UK innovators to test and commercialise new processes, products, services and business models for the sector;
  3. Connecting UK innovators to international expertise and markets to accelerate routes to export;
  4. Providing greater understanding of the risks and opportunities associated with transitioning to a low carbon energy system.