Strategic Innovation Fund Round 2 Discovery projects approved for funding


Publication date

Industry sector

  • Distribution Network
  • Transmission Network

The Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF) is a funding mechanism for the Electricity System Operator, Electricity Transmission, Electricity Distribution, Gas Transmission and Gas Distribution sectors.

The SIF aims to find and fund ambitious, innovative projects with the potential to accelerate the transition to net zero. These projects should help shape the future of the gas and electricity networks and succeed commercially where possible.

The SIF is delivered in partnership with Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). Our objective for the SIF is to help transform the UK into the ‘Silicon Valley’ of energy, making the UK the best place for high-potential businesses to grow and scale in the energy market.

Our round 2 call for proposals under the SIF, in Spring 2022, focused on four Innovation Challenge areas:

  • Supporting a just energy transition
  • Preparing for a net zero power system
  • Improving energy system resilience and robustness
  • Accelerating decarbonisation of major energy demands

We are now publishing our decision to award 53 early-stage ‘discovery’ projects SIF funding.

Further details about these projects will be published on the Energy Networks Association’s Smarter Networks Portal.