Calling all Vanguard Network members and local authorities! LAs can now apply for a share of up to £6 million to build skills and capabilities to accelerate local progress towards net zero.

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, are investing £6 million in this Fast Followers competition as part of the Innovate UK Net Zero Living programme.

The aim of this competition is to support local authorities in up to 20 places and fund a dedicated Net Zero Innovation and Delivery officer role. The funding will help LAs to further develop their net zero delivery plans, improve delivery pathways and enable adoption at scale of innovative products and services.

IUK will invest up to £300,000 per place over 2 years. If successful LAs must:

  • recruit a specific Net Zero Innovation and Delivery Officer to participate in the programme
  • actively participate in a programme of net zero delivery support modules to be provided by Innovate UK and its partners
  • implement the learning gained to a specific net zero project

The deadline for entry is 1st March 2023, 11:00am. For more information and to apply, visit

Funding for LAs for Net Zero Innovation and Delivery officers

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