Research and development grants

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

What does this involve?

Research and development (R&D) grants support innovative product, process or service-led projects that aim to make your company more competitive, as well as benefit the Scottish economy.

Projects typically last 6 to 36 months, and the grant can cover up to 50% of the project costs. In that time, you could be producing drafts, drawings, plans and other documentation, provided they aren’t intended for commercial use.

We support the new stuff. The grant doesn’t cover the routine or periodic changes made to products, processes or services and other operations in progress, even if such changes may represent improvements.

Am I eligible?

Yes, if you:

  • already have a company based in Scotland or plan to set up business here
  • are developing a completely new product or service
  • can demonstrate the new product or service will not harm the environment or society
  • can demonstrate the new project presents significant innovation to your business
  • can demonstrate what you’re working on has global market opportunities
  • expect the length of R&D to be 6 to 36 months
  • already have 50% of the R&D costs
  • are undertaking most of the R&D work
  • can demonstrate a positive impact on R&D jobs in Scotland, for grants above £100,000

What does this cost?

There is no cost to apply.

Who is this for?

All sectors are eligible and applications from traditional industries, hi-tech businesses and the service sector are equally welcome.

Your project must represent a significant innovation for the company concerned and significant risks should be associated with the challenge of developing a new product, process or service.

How long does this take?

This will depend on your application and the grant review process.

Important information

Set aside time to develop a detailed project proposal to accompany your application.

The selection process will consider:

  • the nature of the R&D
  • the creation or safeguarding of R&D jobs
  • links into other local companies, perhaps for materials or specialist knowledge
  • global market opportunity
  • intellectual property (IP)
  • the wider impact for society, including factors such as environmental impact, sustainability and health and safety. We will not support projects which will have a known adverse effect on the environment and/or society
  • why you need our support to make this activity happen, along with possible outcomes, if support isn't available

Next steps

Submit an enquiry and an adviser will be in touch to talk through your options and help you apply for funds

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

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