Emerging Energy Technologies Fund - Hydrogen Innovation Scheme

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What does this involve?

The Hydrogen Innovation Scheme (HIS) provides funding to develop innovative solutions for renewable hydrogen production, storage and distribution, as well as the development of test and demonstration facilities in Scotland.

This £10 million scheme is part of the Emerging Energy Technologies Fund (EETF), and is to be delivered over 4 years from 2022/23 to 2025/26.

The EETF Hydrogen Innovation Scheme has 2 streams:

Stream 1 - feasibility and demonstration

This stream provides funding for feasibility studies or technical demonstrations of hydrogen production, distribution or storage solutions at technology readiness levels (TRL) 3 to 7. Projects must aim to:

  • develop new products or solutions
  • improve versions or qualities of existing products or solutions
  • discover or develop new or more efficient processes of production

Visit the Scottish Government website for more information on the technology readiness levels (TRL).

Stream 2 - test and demonstration facilities and equipment

This stream provides support for the development of test and demonstration facilities and equipment in Scotland. This funding could cover the purchase of equipment or construction of facilities. Projects must be able to demonstrate their plans to meet delivery and staff costs without Scottish Government support - for example, through funds contributed by project partners. 

You must submit an expression of interest before you apply.

The deadline to submit expressions of interest is 5pm on 13 August 2022.

Expressions of interest submitted after this deadline may still be considered, but are not guaranteed to be included in the 2022/23 funding window.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible for funding from any of the funding streams, projects must:

  • demonstrate that the project would not go ahead or would progress at a much slower rate without EETF Hydrogen Innovation Scheme funding
  • not seek funding for retrospective work
  • demonstrate that the funding requested is within the specified funding limits
  • provide confirmation of other sources funding or finance to meet the total project costs, if the funding requested covers less than the full cost
  • demonstrate that it will be delivered by the specified project end dates
  • demonstrate the lead applicant’s commitment to the Fair Work criteria

The lead applicant must confirm that they are acting as lead applicant for only one project application. Applications for additional phases of projects may be considered in subsequent funding rounds. 

If other members of the project are involved in multiple applications, these members must confirm that they would able to deliver all projects if successful. 

To be eligible to lead a project, an organisation can be of any size and must operate in Scotland where the project will be carried out. To collaborate with the lead, an organisation can be a business of any size, a research organisation, a research and technology organisation, an academic institution or a public sector organisation.

Projects can work with international partners, but more than 50% of the funded project work (by value) must be conducted in Scotland. The physical demonstrators must be conducted in Scotland. 

Visit the Scottish Government website for more information on eligibility and specific criteria for each funding stream.

What does this cost?

This is a free service.

Who is this for?

Scottish companies with an interest in the hydrogen sector.

How long does this take?

The deadline to submit expressions of interest is 5pm on 13 August 2022. A decision on whether you will be invited to submit an application will be made within 2 weeks of receiving the expression of interest.

Final application forms for stream 1 must be completed and submitted no later than 5pm on 31 October 2022. Applications will be processed as they arrive.

Final application forms for stream 2 must be completed and submitted no later than 5pm on 30 September 2022. Applications will be processed once the application window has closed in September.

There will be no exceptions to these application deadlines.

Important information

The deadline to submit expressions of interest is 5pm on 13 August 2022. Expressions of interest submitted after this deadline may still be considered, but are not guaranteed to be included within the 2022/23 funding window.

If the project is successful, the offer of grant funding that is made may be lower than the amount requested in the application.

Next steps

Visit the Scottish government website to read the full guidance.

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