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State aid

State aid

State aid is a European term which refers to forms of public assistance, given to undertakings on a discretionary basis, which has the potential to distort competition and affect trade between Member States of the European Union.

The state aid rules are set by the European Commission (EC) and comprise various articles of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU), Regulations, Frameworks and Guidelines - which set out what aid can be given and under which circumstances. The EC governs Member States' compliance with these rules and many aid measures must be notified to the Commission for approval.

State aid rules will apply to any funding offered through this fund and will be discussed with successful applicants.

The EC have sole competence on the presence of state aid however it is the responsibility of the Member State to ensure compliance of this.

European partner collaboration

Article 25 of the General Block Exemption Regulations for state aid to research and development projects allows for a 15 percentage point uplift for projects that fulfil one of the following conditions:

(i) the project involves effective collaboration:

  • between undertakings among which at least one is an SME, or is carried out in at least two Member States, or in a Member State and in a Contracting Party of the EEA Agreement, and no single undertaking bears more than 70 % of the eligible costs, or
  • between an undertaking and one or more research and knowledge-dissemination organisations, where the latter bear at least 10% of the eligible costs and have the right to publish their own research results;

(ii) the results of the project are widely disseminated through conferences, publication, open access repositories, or free or open source software.

No commitment or guidance can be given to the applicable state aid intensity of projects ahead of an application. The applicable maximum state aid intensity will be discussed with successful applicants and may be subject to legal advice.

State aid bonus/top ups

No commitment or guidance can be given to the applicable state aid intensity of projects ahead of an application. The applicable maximum state aid intensity will be discussed with successful applicants and may be subject to legal advice. Indicative information can be found at: State aid guidance

State aid and partnerships

A lead partner should be identified in the application form and details should be provided for any other direct financial beneficiaries of the funding beyond the lead partner. No commitment or guidance can be given to the applicable state aid intensity of projects ahead of an application. The applicable maximum state aid intensity will be discussed with successful applicants and may be subject to legal advice.

Funding from other states/EU

Where state aid is present, if an undertaking receives state aid from more than one source towards the same eligible costs, the total amount of state aid must be cumulated and remain within the relevant aid intensity ceiling.  This rule applies to all sources of state aid, and also European Structural Funds if involved in the project.

No commitment or guidance can be given to the applicable state aid intensity of projects ahead of an application. The applicable maximum state aid intensity will be discussed with successful applicants and may be subject to legal advice.

Any funding awarded directly from the European Commission, providing that the Member State has had no hand in the direction or award of funding, will not be considered state aid. European Funding where the Member State has played a role in the direction or award of funding will be considered state aid.

Further information on state aid

Any queries on this topic must be made to the funding body: Scottish Government Emerging Energy Technologies Team, by email: Emerging.Energy.Technologies@gov.scot  or by post: Scottish Government Emerging Energy Technologies, 4th Floor, 5 Atlantic Quay, 150 Broomielaw, Glasgow G2 8LU who will then liaise with state aid colleagues where appropriate.


Contact

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