About the Network

The Zero Emission Mobility Academic Network offers Scottish businesses access to project funding to work with Scottish universities on projects that create products and services that reduce and eliminate transport emissions. Businesses can also access a wider portfolio of business support services.

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Funding for the Zero Emission Mobility Programme has now closed. Project Applications are no longer being accepted for ZEM. Please look at our other Innovation Programmes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to apply for funding?

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

What are the project requirements?

  1. The project idea must represent an advance in technological innovation that decreases transport emissions.
  2. The project idea must relate to a product and/or process that can be successfully commercialised.
  3. The project requires Research & Development (R&D) that is delivered in collaboration with an academic partner from a Scottish university. 

What technologies are eligible for funding?

  1. Technologies that produce components and subcomponents for the electric drivetrains of on and off-road vehicles of all sizes, vessels, aeroplanes, or trains that improve their performance & sustainability. 
  2. Technologies that improve the performance and sustainability of batteries and hydrogen fuel cells used in on and off-road vehicles of all sizes, vessels, aeroplanes, or trains.
  3. Technologies that improve the availability and performance of the infrastructure required to charge/fuel, maintain and service electrified on and off-road vehicles of all sizes, vessels, aeroplanes, or trains.

How much grant funding is available?

Funding up to £10,000 is available to support collaborative R&D projects with a Scottish university. Funding is awarded to proposals that clearly outline an innovative technical solution that can be successful commercialised and helps to reduce transport emissions.

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.

Can I still get support if I'm not successful in securing funding?

Yes, we are able to offer a range of zero emission mobility 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 Expression of Interest (EoI): Fill out the following form to register your interest and start the process.

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  • ETP introduction meeting: Our ZEM Business Development Manager will contact you to discuss your EoI and confirm whether it’s eligible for funding from us. 

  • Identifying an academic research partner: If your EOI is eligible for funding, our ZEM 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 submission: The ZEM Business Development Manager will support you and your research partner to complete and submit the funding application form. 

  • Application assessment: Your application will be assessed by ETP and Transport Scotland, who fund the Zero Emission Mobility Academic Network. If approved, you’ll be awarded the requested funding amount and can start work with your academic partner institution.

Supporting Organisation

The Zero Emission Mobility Academic Network is gratefully made possible by Transport Scotland.

Register your Interest

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

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Energy Technology Partnership Member Universities

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