Technical Innovation Fund
The Technical Innovation Fund (TIF) is part of a wider £26.2 million Health and Innovation Programme (HIP) launched in April 2015 with the aim of bringing affordable warmth to over 6,500 fuel poor and vulnerable households in England, Scotland and Wales.
NEA believes that there is huge potential for new technologies to provide solutions for some of the 4 million UK households currently living in fuel poverty, particularly those residing in properties which have traditionally been excluded from mandated fuel poverty and energy efficiency schemes. There has been a lack of the robust monitoring and evaluation needed to understand the application of these technologies and assess their suitability for inclusion in programmes such as the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) and other publicly funded programmes across the UK.
Through TIF, NEA provided charitable grants to help install a range of innovative technologies. Up to £5.1 million was made available to meet the capital and installation cost of high cost (large) and low cost (small) in-home measures installed into fuel poor and vulnerable households across England and Wales. The aim of the project was to reduce the cost of heating addressing the underlying causes and symptoms of fuel poverty. 44 projects were awarded funding (with an additional two programmes granted funding in 2017), involving 19 types of technology and 66 products. The grant recipients agreed to work with NEA to ensure that appropriate monitoring and evaluation could take place, and NEA also delivered a programme of community engagement and support in each project area.
Key achievements to end of March 2017
- 44 TIF projects involving 19 types of technology and 66 products
- £4.5m awarded in grants for capital measures installation
- £2.5m additional match and/or gap funding securing 49p for every £1 spent, and increasing the number of households assisted
- 2,166 households receiving at least 1 measure forecast to increase to 2,204 during 2017/18, exceeding the target by 48%
- 2,681 measures installed forecast to increase to 2,719 during 2017/18
- 292 frontline workers trained, enabling them to cascade advice to approximately 98,000 residents a year
- 946 residents directly supported by NEA Project Development Coordinators with 700 engaged in the product monitoring processes