Apply for the Saltire Tidal Energy Challenge Fund

This £10 million fund aims to help commercial deployment of tidal projects. Deployment of projects has been extended to September 2020.

Eligibility criteria

Projects must meet the following essential eligibility criteria:

Essential critera 1

The project must relate to the development of a material/technical innovation aimed at reducing the levelised cost of tidal energy. This may relate, but is not be limited to, the development or improvement of component parts, but must be relevant to improving the commercial viability of a tried and tested tidal energy device.

Applications should provide evidence to demonstrate the technical viability and performance of the tidal device to which the application relates. This should provide evidence of previous operational deployment of the tidal device and technical performance data.

Applications should also highlight the commercial barriers of deploying the device in its current form and how the support requested through this fund would help to overcome these barriers.

Essential criteria 2

The proposal must relate to the capital costs incurred by a tidal energy project.

Applications should provide a clear breakdown of the capital costs of the tidal device to which this application relates, highlighting the specific costs to which the funding requested relate. These costs should be evidenced by supplier quotations where possible in support of the financial model requested below.  

Essential criteria 3

The proposal must relate to a project to be deployed in Scottish waters no later than September 2020 and be deliverable within clearly defined and manageable timelines.

Applications should demonstrate that the appropriate consents and licences are in place for the project, timescales, risk register and mitigating actions. The panel reserve the right to reject applications with unrealistic or unmanageable timescales.

Applications should provide a project programme which will be used to track and monitor the progress and delivery of the project and resulting outcomes. This should include:

  • timescales and sequences
  • key dates for approvals and deliverables
  • inter-dependency relationships
  • forecast dates for Scottish Government funding drawdown

All eligible funding for successful projects must relate to 2019 to 2020 activity/spend with supporting documentation/invoices submitted not later than 31 March 2020. Scottish Government reserves the right to retain a proportion of funding until completion of the project. A milestone schedule will be discussed and agreed with successful applicants.

Essential criteria 4

The proposal should set out clearly the requirement for, and added value of, Scottish Government support including why funding from alternative sources is not possible or appropriate.

Applications should provide evidence to demonstrate that funding from alternative sources has been sought.


If you have any questions regarding the fund please contact us at:
Post: Scottish Government
Emerging Energy Technologies
5 Atlantic Quay (4th floor)
150 Broomielaw
G2 8LU


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