Funding support for clean energy transition

Support provided by Scottish Enterprise Highlands and Islands Enterprise Scottish Government South of Scotland Enterprise

What does this involve?

The Clean Energy Transition Partnership is a competitive call with a 2-stage application process. The fund aims to get as many Scottish companies as possible involved in new clean energy solutions.

Scottish Enterprise can only fund projects that have been selected through the Clean Energy Transition Partnership ranking process. Only the highest-ranking projects will receive funding. The ranking process is an independent evaluation by a group of international experts.

There are 7 modules that describe specific topics and/or challenges that applicants should address in their project proposal. Applicants must choose and apply to a specific module when submitting their project proposal. Scottish Enterprise will support projects that address challenges in these 5 modules only:

  • zero-emissions power technologies (breakthrough, offshore) - breakthrough research related to renewable energy technologies, with a focus on wind, ocean and other offshore renewables
  • storage technologies, renewable fuels (including hydrogen), carbon capture utilisation and carbon capture storage - development and adoption of technology for effective production of renewable fuels, including storage of energy, transportation and security aspects
  • heating and cooling - improved heating and cooling technologies and systems, including heat and cold sources, distribution, storage and conversion, and end-use systems in the built environment and industrial processes, in collective and individual systems
  • industrial energy systems - technical solutions for integrated industrial energy systems that enable efficient carbon-neutral industrial production sites and develop industrial energy systems as part of the entire energy system
  • built environment - integration and conversion of renewable energy in the built environment and digitalisation of the building lifecycle

Benefits of participation in the programme include:

  • access to funding
  • access to expertise, knowledge and facilities
  • sharing of costs and risks
  • opportunities to develop new products and processes
  • opportunities to work with supply chain and customers
  • opportunities to work with other developers on common requirements
  • access to international markets

The European Clean Energy Transition Partnership is an international collaboration between 30 countries and 55 funding organisations. Scottish Enterprise is one of the funding organisations. Scottish Enterprise is leading and delivering the programme on behalf of the Scottish Government, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and South of Scotland Enterprise.

Am I eligible?

Yes, if you are registered, operating and carrying out research and development activities in Scotland, or intend to establish a presence in the area to carry out research and development activities. This includes subsidiaries of overseas companies.

Projects must be collaborative and have at least 3 partners in 3 different countries. At least 2 of the countries must be a member of the EU or an associated country. An associated country is a country which is not a member of the EU but has successfully concluded a formal agreement with the European Commission to join the Horizon Europe Programme.

Universities or other research organisations that operate in Scotland are eligible if:

  • there are at least 2 companies involved in the collaborative project, and one is a company eligible for and requesting Scottish Enterprise funding
  • the work carried out by the research organisation is directly relevant to at least one of the participating Scottish companies

The budget of the research organisation should be no greater than the combined budgets of the Scottish companies involved in the collaborative project and seeking funding from Scottish Enterprise.

What does this cost?

The grant amount will be calculated as a percentage of eligible costs for each Scottish applicant in a project.

The grant will support up to 40% of costs for a large company and up to 50% for a small or medium sized company (SME).

The grant amount for universities and other research organisations will depend upon the activity that is undertaken with companies. 

Who is this for?

Businesses, universities and research organisations based in Scotland.

How long does this take?

It may take between 6 and 10 months from programme launch to rank and select successful applications.

Important information

Sign up for the information webinar, external link which will open in a new window on 8 September 2022 to hear more about the programme and the EU/Scottish application process.

You can also sign up for the launch webinar, external link which will open in a new window on 13 September 2022 to find out more about the modules, application process and timelines.

Next steps

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

Support provided by Scottish Enterprise Highlands and Islands Enterprise Scottish Government South of Scotland Enterprise

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