UK industrial companies of any size can apply either on their own or as a consortium in collaboration with other organisations.
To be a sole applicant or lead a consortium, you must meet the following criteria:
- must be a business of any size registered in the UK that operates at a manufacturing site (SIC codes 10-33) or data centre (SIC code 63110) in Scotland where the study is carried out. Check your business SIC code
- not be an undertaking in difficulty (see EU State Aid guidance for SIETF)
- intend to exploit the results (if a study) at a Scottish manufacturing site
Third parties (for example, a consultancy or an Energy Service Company) may prepare an application on behalf of the lead applicant. However, the grant provider will not have a legal relationship with or pay money to a third party, or anyone other than a lead applicant.
For companies of any size, the minimum grant threshold is £30,000 for feasibility studies. For FEED studies, the minimum grant threshold is £50,000.
If you are requesting a grant that exceeds £100,00, you must inform Scottish Government before submitting an application. Please email IETF@gov.scot at least 15 days before the competition closes, stating your technology area, total eligible costs, and total grant requirement. Note that £1m is not the maximum grant threshold, but this step is necessary to inform Scottish Government in advance of application window closure. Under state aid the maximum grant funding amount an organisation can receive is €7.5 million for feasibility studies for each project that it is involved with. For experimental development the maximum grant funding amount an organisation can receive is €15 million for each project that it is involved with. The currency conversion for this limitation will happen at the point of grant award.
Studies must be completed by end of March 2022, unless otherwise agreed in individual grant funding agreements.