As part of the OPIN project, support will be offered to Collaborative Innovation Groups (CIGs).
A CIG is a small group of SMEs, often working with research entities and / or large companies, to solve specific problems which are barriers to deployment of ocean energy and offer opportunities for new products, services or markets.
CIGs should focus on challenges which cannot be solved by one SME alone and aim to include complementary skills and expertise.
For the purposes of applying for OPIN support, a CIG should be led be an SME. The group may also include large companies, universities or research organisations where they can provide a specific contribution to the work and support the SMEs to achieve their objectives.
CIGs must be cross-border, involving participants from at least two OPIN region. CIGs are also encouraged to work on a cross-sector basis, bringing in knowledge and expertise from other sectors to help address the challenges identified.
Ocean Energy Challenges and Opportunities
CIGs can be formed to respond to identified challenges for the ocean energy sector and its value chain. The following general challenges have been identified:
Technology challenges: Structures, foundations and moorings / Installation, logistics and infrastructure / Power transmission, grid connection and integration
Economic & supply chain: LCoE analysis and cost reduction strategies / Industry and supply chain development / Insurance and finance
Regulatory / environmental: Standards / Health & safety / Environmental impact assessment and monitoring
Additional examples of challenges can be found in the OPIN CIG Guideline to Applicants document available at the bottom of this page.
A group of SMEs can also suggest a challenge or opportunity they would like to work on which isn’t specifically mentioned in the OPIN calls.
Applicants may apply for a CIG voucher at any time during the OPIN project duration (2019-2021). The OPIN Steering Group will consider CIG applications on a monthly basis.
The core membership of a CIG must involve a minimum of 2 SMEs.
Large companies and research organisations may also be members of the CIG, as long as at least 50% of members are SMEs.
CIGs should include members from at least 2 different OPIN regions.
Additional members can come from countries in the North-West Europe area, as defined by the Interreg North-West Europe Programme.
Associate members / observers from outside North West Europe may be involved with the CIG but cannot be direct beneficiaries of support. Associate members / observers can’t be included in a CIG at the expense of a potential CIG member from North West Europe.
CIGs are expected to consider cross-sector opportunities and preferably include at least one member from outside the ocean energy sector.
For more information on eligibility criteria for CIG Support please read the OPIN CIG Guideline to Applicants document available at the bottom of this page.
Applicants may apply for a CIG voucher at any time. The OPIN Steering Group will consider CIG applications on a monthly basis
Applicants should complete a CIG Application Form and an SME Declaration Form (in English) and submitted them to OPIN@seai.ie. Documents available for download at the bottom of the page.
Before applying, it is recommended that the lead SME gets in touch with its regional OPIN partner to discuss the CIG ideas and application process.
Evaluation and Selection
Evaluation of applications will be completed by the OPIN Steering Group based on the following criteria:
Applicant is compliant with the abovementioned eligibility criteria
Completion of the CIG application form and supporting documents
Strength of the Scientific/Technical Approach, ability to competently carry out the project/development and impact. More details are available in the OPIN CIG Guidelines to Applicants document available at the bottom of this page.
Applicants will be notified of the decision shortly after the Steering Group meeting has taken place.
The value of the service provided will be €20,000.
The CIG members are not required to provide any financial contribution to the OPIN provided support activities but will be responsible for ensuring that staff and other resources are provided to carry out task as identified in the Action Plan.