About HIP

Providing knowledge exchange and business development support to Scottish businesses

The Hydrogen Innovation Programme (HIP) offers Scottish businesses access to project funding to work with Scottish universities on projects that create products and services in support of the green hydrogen economy. Businesses can also access a wider portfolio of support services.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does the programme provide?

The Hydrogen Innovation Programme offers Scottish companies access to resources including project funding to work with Scottish universities on innovation projects to develop technologies in support of the hydrogen economy.

Who is eligible for support?

We welcome applications from Scottish companies of any size, or non-Scottish companies who have or want to establish a base in Scotland.

What are the project requirements?

  • The project idea must represent an advance in technological innovation that develops green and low carbon hydrogen storage, products, processes, and systems.
  • The project idea must relate to a product and/or process that can be successfully commercialised.
  • The project requires Research & Innovation (R&I) that is delivered in collaboration with an academic partner from a Scottish university.

What technologies are eligible for funding?

We are looking to fund technologies that will support a green hydrogen economy, for example:

  • Heating
  • Industrial processes
  • Fuel cells
  • Hydrogen propulsion systems
  • Energy storage
  • Hydrogen as an energy vector
  • Hydrogen transmission & distribution
  • Production of green hydrogen
  • Hydrogen derivatives eg ammonia & methanol

What contribution are businesses required to make?

Businesses must contribute a minimum of 30% of the total project costs. This can be an “in-kind” or cash contribution.

How much funding is available?

Funding up to £10,000 is available to support collaborative R&I projects with a Scottish university. Funding is awarded to proposals that clearly outline an innovative technical solution that can be successfully commercialised in support of the hydrogen economy.

Can I access additional support, even if I do not receive grant funding?

Yes, we are able to offer a range of support services to businesses. This includes signposting to alternative funding sources, introductions and connections to business partners, support with writing grant applications, and general guidance.

What Next?: A Step by Step Guide

  • Check your eligibility: You need to be a business (of any size) with a base in Scotland.

  • Submit an expression of interest: Fill out the following form to register your interest and start the process.

    Register your interest now
  • Introduction meeting: Our Hydrogen Business Development Manager will contact you to discuss your expression of interest and confirm whether it is eligible for funding from us.

  • Identifying an academic research partner: If your expression of interest is eligible for funding, our Hydrogen Business Development Manager will support you in identifying a suitable academic research partner from one of the 14 Scottish universities who are members of ETP’s research alliance. 

  • Application development and submissionThe Hydrogen Business Development Manager will support you and your research partner to complete and submit the funding application form. 

  • Application assessmentYour application will be assessed by us and the Scottish Government, who fund the Hydrogen Innovation Programme. If approved, you’ll be awarded the requested funding amount and can start work with your academic partner.

Register your Interest

If you would like to make an enquiry about you can access support from HIP, please contact us and our Hydrogen Business Development Manager will get back to you as soon as possible.

Contact Us

Support Organisation

This Programme has gratefully been made possible by the Scottish Government

ETP Member Universities

ETP is a research alliance comprised of 14 Scottish HEIs, each with areas of outstanding research capability in the energy sector.