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Our Business Development Managers have extensive knowledge of available funding to assist you in developing your business. ETP can provide direct funding to Scottish SMEs for some activities.
We can also give you assistance accessing European and UK funding streams, for example:

  • Knowledge Transfer Partnerships
  • Scottish Enterprise funding schemes
  • Innovate UK
  • Horizon 2020 SME instrument


Funding Calls

Royal Academy of Engineering

For a full list of programmes running between July - December 2017, click here.
These include:

RAEng/The Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowships (Sept)
Research Fellowships and Engineering for Development Research Fellowships (Sept)
Research Chairs and Senior Research Fellowships (Sept)
Ingenious Public Engagement Awards
Enterprise Fellowships (Oct)
Frontiers of Engineering for Development (Sept & Dec)


Offshore wind accelerator competition: Carbon Trust Open Innovation Challenge

Competition closes 13th October 2017

The Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator has recently launched a new global Subsea Inspection Competition to identify and support innovative concepts which could be developed or adapted to address the most significant challenges for sub-sea inspection of offshore wind farms.

The winning concepts will have access to mentoring support from nine leading offshore wind farm owners, the opportunity to demonstrate their technology at an operational offshore wind farm in Europe, and further publicity support.

More details are here.


Grant Funding Call: Innovation in vehicle-to-grid (V2G) systems - feasibility studies

Closes 18th October 2017

Working with The Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) and Innovate UK, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) are providing funding of £20 million for innovative projects that develop future vehicle-to-grid (V2G) products, services and knowledge. This amount will be shared between 3 competitions.

This competition is for collaborative feasibility studies. Proposals should investigate future business models, consumer engagement approaches, and on and off-vehicle technologies and standards.

Find more information here.


Grant Funding Call: Innovation in vehicle-to-grid (V2G) systems - real-world demonstrators

Closes: 18th October 2017

Working with The Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) and Innovate UK, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) are providing funding of £20 million for innovative projects that develop future V2G products, services and knowledge. This amount will be shared between 3 competitions.

V2G is a system where plug-in electric vehicles, such as battery electric cars (BEV) and plug-in hybrids (PHEV), return electricity to the power grid (with consent from their users). This is usually in return for a financial reward or benefit.

This competition is for V2G demonstrator trials in real-world environments at scale.

Click here for more.


Emerging and Enabling Technologies Competition Round 3

Competition closes: 8th November 2017 (noon)

As part of the Innovate UK Delivery Plan, Innovate UK is to invest in innovative projects in Emerging and Enabling Technologies. Technologies within “Emerging and Enabling Technologies include:

•    Emerging technologies*: defined as technologies that are progressing in, or have recently emerged from, the research base.
•    Digital*: such as Cyber security and the internet of things,
•    Enabling technologies*: such as Electronics, Sensors and Photonics (ESP) & Robotics and Autonomous Systems.
•    Space Applications*

Applying these Technologies across ALL Sectors the aim is to increase competitiveness for UK small and medium sized enterprises.

For more information: Webcast of London event on 12th September.
Information & Brokerage event in Glasgow 21st September.

Click here for more information.


Zero Waste Scotland - Funding to Make Energy Assets Last Longer

Closing date: 4th December 2017

Until 4th December, ZWS can fund SME-led projects from £50,000 up to £1 million to commercialise circular economy approaches to energy asset reuse, remanufacturing, repurposing etc., and if their idea is slightly too early, there is the possibility of up to 30 days consultancy support to help develop the business plan behind the circular idea/project.

Click here for more information and for the types of projects that are expected to apply.


Converge Challenge

Converge Challenge focuses on practical hands-on training with participants taking part in an intensive entrepreneurial development programme that includes: 1-2-1 bespoke advice and support, mentoring, pitching experience and networking opportunities. Participants ultimately develop and submit a comprehensive business plan for their company, product and/or service. An expert panel of judges made up of leading entrepreneurs and investors from across the business community will assess the business plans and select the winners that will be announced at an awards ceremony at Glasgow Science Centre in September.

In 2017, the total prize fund is valued at over £150,000. In addition to a cash prize, winning projects receive a comprehensive business support package from selected partner organisations.

-       For more detailed information, please click here for the Converge Challenge website. 



HW Energy-Academy

Santander Universities SME Internship Programme - Grants to employ a Heriot-Watt Graduate

The Santander Universities SME Internship Programme offers SMEs a subsidy to part-pay the costs of employing a final year undergraduate, postgraduate student or graduate (within two years of graduation), on a fixed term project – usually 12 weeks - identified by you, the company.

The programme is open to any small and medium sized UK company with between 2 - 250 employees and a turnover of less than £50m, which can define a three month full-time or maximum sixteen week part-time placement project suitable for a student or graduate to work on in-house.

More information at

If you are interested please send an EOI to  

Sources of Funding and Funding Calls

We can help you navigate the sometimes complex process of applying for and gaining funding. There are often Funding Competitions which we can help you apply for. Here are the main websites which list the current funding opportunities.

If you would like more information and help please contact the Business Development Manager for your energy sector listed below.

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