Applying Space Data to the Net Zero Economy

Support provided by Scottish Enterprise

What does this involve?

This fund is now closed. This is a competitive funding competition to help Scottish businesses develop innovative solutions that use space technologies to support the transition to net zero carbon emissions. The fund will cover 100% of your eligible costs to assess the technical and commercial feasibility of your solution.

Companies must submit a short funding application that explains how their technology solutions can address the specific challenges outlined in the brief.

Winning companies could also get support to identify and bid for external funding for any subsequent prototype and demonstration projects. They will also be expected to join a show-and-tell event at the end of the project.

The programme is funded by Scottish Enterprise, the Scottish Government and the Data Lab and managed by Scottish Enterprise as a national Scotland CAN DO innovation challenge call.

Am I eligible?

This call is open to Scottish businesses of any size. To be eligible, you must:

  • be registered, trading or looking to set up a trading location in Scotland before 1 October 2022
  • be a registered company (a company that’s registered with Companies House)
  • be an individual business – applications from collaborations will not be accepted
  • be committed to fair working practices (fair work is work that offers all individuals an effective voice, opportunity, security, fulfilment and respect)
  • pay employees at least the Real Living Wage (currently £9.90 in Scotland)

The fund will support the cost for you to carry out detailed design, technical and commercial feasibility projects. To be eligible, your feasibility project must:

  • be a research and development (R&D) feasibility project that clearly addresses the challenge brief
  • aim to provide the technical detail and commercial case for subsequent prototype development and demonstration projects
  • aim to develop and commercialise innovative technology
  • last between 3 and 5 months
  • be completed by the end of March 2023
  • be largely carried out in Scotland, with the aim to prototype and demonstrate the solution in Scotland after your feasibility project is complete

You also must not have started the project, or committed to any project costs, before a grant funding contract is signed.

What does this cost?

This is a free service. 

Who is this for?

Companies in Scotland that aim to develop innovative space-based solutions to support the transition to net zero carbon emissions.

How long does this take?

Timescales and closing dates:

  • call closes - 5pm on 26 September 2022
  • notification of results – 24 October 2022
  • contract issued by – 4 November 2022
  • earliest project start date – 7 November 2022
  • latest project end date - 31 March 2023 

Important information

Successful companies will be awarded grants to cover 100% of their eligible R&D feasibility project costs.

A minimum of £20,000 and a maximum of £30,000 grant funding is available.

You must not have started the project or committed to any project costs before a grant funding contract is signed.

Next steps

Submit an enquiry and an adviser will be in touch to discuss your needs.

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