For all innovation ideas, it is important to review this strategy thoroughly to:
How to... propose, share and discuss an innovation idea:
National routes include:
For ideas that are specific to a particular network company, you can engage with them by:
Take a look at the funding opportunities and eligibility criteria for network innovation to see which one might be the best fit for your idea
How to… learn more about the key network innovation funding mechanisms and their eligibility criteria:
If your idea is specific to a particular network company, it is best to engage with them directly to refine your idea into a project proposal. If your idea can be applied anywhere, you can go through one of the national routes where all the network companies will have the opportunity to see and discuss your idea with you.
How to… refine your innovation idea and develop your project proposal:
Having determined the best funding route for your project idea with the network sponsor, now is the time to work with the network company to apply for project funding.
How to… apply for funding:
Once you have agreed an idea to take forward with your network sponsor, they will help you apply for the appropriate funding. The eligibility criteria and application questions for each of the key network funding mechanisms are included in the governance documents:
Proposals that are successful will have a kick-off meeting to start the project. All SIF, NIA and NIC-funded projects will be registered on the Smarter Networks Portal once they launch.
You will work with the network sponsor to deliver the project.
The Energy Networks Innovation Process (ENIP) Overview and Governance Document, published by ENA, is a valuable resource that explains how innovation projects are delivered, how third parties can get involved and contains the full details of the end-to-end industry-led process for reporting, collaboration and dissemination of regulatory funded innovation projects.
This is where the project will be wrapped up and the outcomes validated against the original objectives.
Information and learning should be shared throughout a project’s delivery and, at this stage, the final results and learning are shared with stakeholders.
You can find progress and closedown reports of all NIA and NIC-funding projects on the Smarter Networks Portal .
This is where the project will be implemented into business-as-usual operations.
In the RIIO-2 price control, we will use the Innovation Measurement Framework (IMF) to report on innovation outcomes, including collaboration and partnerships, the speed at which successful innovation is transitioned into business-as-usual for network customers and the benefits delivered.
ENA facilitates the data gathering from each network and the expected and delivered benefits of each innovation project are calculated using the IMF. From 2022, this information will be published annually for our NIA portfolio. As a holistic tool, the IMF has the potential to be adapted for collective reporting across all our future innovation activities.
Once a project is implemented, it starts to deliver benefits, and these will be tracked by the network company.
Innovation projects can deliver a wide range of benefits to our consumers, including: