Funding for 'green' buildings


A project to help Scottish companies design energy efficient buildings will receive more than £265,000.

The Scottish Energy Systems Group, based at the University of Strathclyde, is among three projects to benefit from awards made through the SEEKIT fund.

The SEEKIT programme is designed to support projects that promote co-operation in research and development and knowledge transfer between the Scottish public sector science base and our small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs).

Deputy Enterprise Minister Allan Wilson said:

"Funding through programmes such as SEEKIT will have a crucial role to play if we are to achieve our top priority of continued economic growth. They encourage the kind of collaboration between our world class science base and our innovative SMEs that is vital to drive the economy forward.

"The three projects that I am announcing funding for today are excellent examples of the importance of SEEKIT. They will help companies tap into the fantastic resource which is our higher education sector. This funding will help turn the excellent ideas formulated in our universities and businesses into products that are successful in the global marketplace.

"These projects can also contribute more than just helping to grow the economy. For example, the Scottish Energy Systems Group will help towards our aim of improving energy efficiency across both the public and private sector in order to cut the harmful CO2 emissions that are causing global warming. It is a fine example of the pioneering work underway in our environmental sciences industry."

The three projects to receive funding are:

  • The Scottish Energy Systems Group, which will receive £265,247 to expand its operation. This will help the group provide IT systems and run monthly seminars to promote energy efficient building design
  • An innovative web-based Licensing project run by the University of Glasgow will receive £100,770. The project will develop a highly innovative, internet-based process to provide companies, particularly Scottish SMEs, with an easy access to technology, know-how and innovation from the University knowledge base. The University of Glasgow is intending to pilot this approach on behalf of the Scottish Higher Education and Research sector (in collaboration with Scottish Higher Education Funding Council) and possibly others. It will receive co-finance from the Scottish Innovative Actions programme, which is part financed by ERDF and managed throughout Scotland by Strathclyde European Partnership Limited
  • Re-SOURCE, run by Robert Gordon University, will receive £284,714. This will help SMEs access the excellence and know-how on offer at RGU in order to stimulate innovation. Part of the project will see dedicated personnel set up to liaise between academics and SMEs

The SEEKIT programme is designed to support projects that will promote co-operation in R&D and knowledge transfer between the Scottish public sector science base and small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) . Applications are invited from public bodies, such as Universities, Research Institutes, Technology Transfer Organisations, NHS Trusts etc.

The key objectives of the new programme are:

  • to help effect wealth creation from the science base
  • to increase the competitiveness of SMEs through their engagement with the science base
  • to encourage productive knowledge transfer links between business and the science base