Innovation funding from the ETP Knowledge Exchange Network

Area: Scotland
Suitable for: Scottish SMEs, non-Scottish SMEs who have or want to establish a base in Scotland 

Funding size: Up to £10k
Application deadline: Ongoing

This programme aims to support Scottish SMEs to develop low carbon technology by:

  • Providing up to £10k worth of funding;
  • A consultancy service from our team of Business Development Managers;
  • Assistance accessing further grant funding from other bodies and advice from an ETP Business Development Manager on how to submit a successful application;
  • Access to state-of-the-art knowledge and expertise by collaborating with academics based in our 13 partner universities in Scotland;
  • Access to testing facilities at Scottish research facilities

ETP provides knowledge exchange and business development support to SMEs across seven thematic areas: Energy Conversion & Storage; Energy Systems; Energy Efficiency in Buildings; Heat Energy; Energy Distribution & Infrastructure; Marine Energy; and Wind Energy.


About the ETP Knowledge Exchange Network (KEN)

ETP increases SME capability in low carbon technical innovation and makes it easier for SMEs and universities to connect through the Knowledge Exchange Network (KEN). KEN offers Scottish SMEs access to resources including project funding to work with Scottish universities on low-carbon innovation projects.

The KEN is now in its third phase and will run until 31 March 2022. KEN Phase III will catalyse and accelerate KE activity between academia and industry, thereby increasing innovation, advancing the development of the low carbon economy in Scotland and supporting Scotland, UK and the EU to meet ambitious low carbon targets.

The KEN includes a team of Business Development Managers (BDMs) who work with companies and relevant business intermediaries to proactively explore opportunities for new collaborative links with ETP and where appropriate identify and source funding. The BDMs provide continuity, critical mass and breadth of technology focus that will result in a step change in energy related KE activity, across all of ETP’s Thematic Areas.

This work is made possible by funding from the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands & Islands Enterprise and the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Fund (ESIF).

Contact Us

Core Team
Business Development Managers (BDM)
ETP Theme Enquiries


Knowledge Exchange Network Resources

On demand webinar
ETP's Project Manager, Brian Cross, provides an introduction and overview of the Knowledge Exchange Network in this webinar available to watch on YouTube.

Kick-start your Low Carbon Innovation Journey Webinar Series showcases each of the Themes involved in the KEN.

More information about the KEN
To view an information sheet about the Knowledge Exchange Network, please click here.


The KEN is gratefully made possible by:

ETP Energy Expertise

Wind EnergyTransportSolar Energy

Oil and GasMarine EnergyEnergy Policy, People and Scociety

Heat EnergyBioenergyEnergy Conversion and Storage

Carbon Capture and StorageEnergy Distribution & InfrastructureEnergy Utilisation in Buildings