Projects to heat homes through disused mines and faster offshore wind farm construction receive national funding

Ambitious research and innovation projects across the UK will today receive up to £50,000 each of government funding, supporting their aim to create high value jobs, upskill local workers and revolutionise the construction sector.

The 17 projects, running from Glasgow and Belfast, through to Nottingham and parts of Cornwall, will help the UK to respond to some of the world’s most pressing challenges – from climate change to new building techniques.

Projects include heating homes and businesses in Glasgow using energy from disused mines, digitising the UK construction sector so it is safer and more productive, and accelerating building of large scale offshore wind farms in the South West of England.

Through the second round of UK Research and Innovation’s (UKRI) flagship Strength in Places Fund, each project will be able to apply for a further longer-term investment of £10-50 million later this year if the early stages of development are successful.

It follows the announcement by the government in June this year of the first wave of the fund, which saw 7 projects across the UK benefit from over £400 million of government and industry funding to develop their research and innovation projects.

Business Secretary Alok Sharma said: “We are backing our innovators and with the support they need to turn great ideas into first-class industries, products and technologies. From virtual construction projects to extracting clean heat from disused mines, the pioneering projects we are funding today will help create jobs and boost skills across the UK as we continue to drive forward our economic recovery.”