Scottish Industrial Energy Transformation Fund: guidance - competition three

Guidance notes and application forms for the third call of the Scottish Industrial Energy Transformation Fund (SIETF).

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Types of application

Previous applications

We will allow previously unsuccessful proposals to apply to subsequent competitions. However, it is likely that a re-submitted proposal will not be successful unless changes have been made to the original application. Applicants should also be aware that changes to competition rules have been made between calls and may be made between future funding rounds.

Making multiple applications

  • businesses or sites can make multiple applications – one for internal process energy efficiency and a separate one related to waste heat recovery, for example. Though in theory one application with project opportunities grouped together may mean higher energy savings, and resolve interdependencies, so could be beneficial

Applying with multiple proposals (aggregation)

Project work must be carried out at manufacturing or processing sites in Scotland. You may include multiple opportunities or sub-projects within your application. A site is defined as the postcode, or multiple directly adjoining postcodes as relevant belonging to the same company, at which the project takes place. The lead applicant may have multiple projects within a single application as long as all the projects are taking place at the same site and are all eligible. If the word count allocation is insufficient, an appendix may be used to expand.

Typically, a project or study should be focused on one technology solution within an identified industrial process at one site (owned by the lead applicant). However, investments (deployment projects or studies) which relate to different parts of the industrial process, or span multiple sites, may be ‘grouped’:

  • if a case can be made for a package of mutually beneficial investments working towards the same end result, this can be defined as one proposal. For example, a site considering electrifying an existing process may invest in measures to upgrade on-site transformers, replace an existing piece of equipment (such as a dryer or furnace) and install new metering and control systems. This could all be considered as a decarbonisation or energy efficiency package of complementary investments enabling an electrification project
  • where a study considers how a single, defined technology solution might be rolled out across multiple of the lead applicant’s sites
  • in such cases you will be required to give detailed responses covering the whole proposal and explain how the parts - which may have different technologies, for different parts of an interconnected manufacturing process - are dependent on one another and could not proceed independently

If you have more than one investment opportunity which does not fall into the categories outlined above, you may want to consider whether to apply for them separately rather than as part of an aggregated application. 

In summary, proposals located on the same site, or located across multiple sites, may be aggregated into one application provided that:

  • the proposals have the same lead applicant
  • the proposals take place on sites owned by the lead applicant
  • the proposals are undertaken with the same project team (if the lead applicant chooses to work with a project team)
  • the scope of the proposal meets the criteria of the strand of the competition you are applying for, such that studies and deployment projects cannot be aggregated together
  • for applications aggregating deployment proposals, the grant funding amount for each deployment proposal may be combined to reach the minimum grant funding threshold of £100,000

*There may be more competitions open for applications in this fund. If you don’t apply in this current window, it is likely you can apply for later competitions in 2023.


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