Low carbon transport innovation funding

Support provided by Scottish Enterprise

What does this involve?

This is a competitive funding competition to help Scottish businesses develop innovative solutions that can support the de-carbonisation of heavy duty vehicles and Scotland’s green recovery.

Funded by Transport Scotland and managed by Scottish Enterprise as a national, Scotland CAN DO innovation challenge call, it's open to any eligible organisation in Scotland.

Companies must submit short funding applications outlining how their technology solutions can address the specific innovation challenges outlined in the challenge brief.

Successful companies can access support to help identify and secure funding to help with the subsequent prototype and demonstration of their proposed solutions.

Am I eligible?

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

  • be registered or trading in the Scottish Enterprise area, or looking to set up a trading location in this area before 1 October 2021 - this also includes the Highlands and Islands Enterprise and South of Scotland Enterprise areas
  • 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 £9.50 in Scotland)

The funding will support the cost for you to conduct 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 (this funding competition is not aimed at supporting businesses to decarbonise their fleets)
  • last between 3 and 5 months
  • be completed by the end of March 2022
  • be largely carried out in Scotland - following the feasibility project, the aim should be to prototype and demonstrate the solution in Scotland

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?

Businesses in Scotland which are developing innovative technology that can support the rollout of zero-emissions heavy duty vehicles.

How long does this take?

Timescales and closing dates:

  • Deadline for submission of applications - 5pm, 17 September 2021
  • Notification of results - 15 October 2021
  • Contract issued by - 29 October 2021
  • Earliest project start date - 1 November 2021
  • Latest project end date and submission of final claim - 31 March 2022

Important information

Successful companies will be awarded grants to cover 100% of the eligible R&D feasibility project costs. A minimum of £30,000 and a maximum of £50,000 grant funding is available.

Next steps

Visit the Scottish Enterprise website to view the full challenge details and apply.

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