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Zero Emissions Mobility SME Funding Call

Title of call: Zero Emissions Mobility SME Funding Call
Area: Scotland 
Suitable for: SMEs 
Funding size: £10,000 (30% In-Kind Contribution)
Closing date: 17:00 Friday 29 October 2021


Transport is the largest contributor to harmful climate emissions in Scotland. In response to the climate emergency, the Scottish Government is committed to reducing emissions by 75% by 2030 and to a legally binding target of net-zero by 2045.

To deliver a green recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, while at the same time responding to the global climate emergency, a mission-led approach is being taken that ensures that:

  • Scotland is at the forefront of markets for zero emission mobility.
  • Scotland is the global destination for innovation and investment in sustainable, zero emission mobility,
  • People and places benefit fairly from the shift to sustainable, zero emission mobility.

We need to harness the entrepreneurial energy, flair, and ideas of Scotland’s Small & Medium sized business if we are to achieve these objectives in a fair and accessible way. To this end, we are inviting SMEs to respond to this funding call.

Businesses that are successful in securing funding from this call will have the opportunity to tap into additional support via ETP to identify and bid for further external funding that helps to move their prototype product/service towards commercialisation. 

Scope of Call

Up to £10k of funded support is available to SMEs to work with a Scottish university partner to advance the development of a prototype product/service that demonstrates its commercial potential in helping Scotland to decarbonise emissions from the transport sector and grow its green economy. 

Projects can focus on developing innovative solutions that address one or more of the following systemic challenges:

  • Development of zero emission vehicles. This includes components and sub-systems. 
  • Retrofitting technologies that reduce the carbon emissions of fleets of ICE vehicles.  
  • Improving the availability and performance of vehicle infrastructure (facilities for maintaining, hosting, fuelling, charging, and servicing vehicles).
  • Improving the performance of zero emission fuel technologies including batteries, hydrogen, and biofuels. 
  • Improving vehicle heating and cooling systems to maximise energy conversation and utilisation. 
  • Development of software that helps to optimise the movement of passenger and goods vehicles in urban and rural locations. 
How to apply

Applicants should submit an Expression of Interest (EoI) that outlines in no more than less than 100 words:

  • What their potential project idea is
  • Who it is targeting (e.g., The customer/end users)
  • How this funding will help to advance the idea. 
  • How it will support the Scottish Government in helping to achieve net zero carbon emission in the transport sector. 
Eligibility Criteria 

You can submit an expression of interest if your business meets the following eligibility criteria:

  • Registered Small & Medium Size Enterprises (SMEs) that are based in Scotland and non-Scottish SMEs who have, or want to establish, a base in Scotland. SMEs are defined as a business that employees between 1-249 people with a turnover of up to 50m Euros or a balance sheet of up to 43m Euros.
  • Your project idea represents an advance in technological innovation for the Scottish transport sector. 
  • Your project idea must relate to a product/process that can be commercialised.
  • Your project requires Research & Development (R&D) that is delivered in collaboration with university academic experts. 
  • You are able to contribute 30% of the total project costs. This can be an “in-kind” or cash contribution. 

The expression of interest is for planning purposes only. Expressing an interest does not advantage an applicant and failing to express interest does not preclude an applicant from applying for future funding. 

More information 

All EoI’s will be considered and receive a response. Those which meet funding requirements will be invited to submit a funding application. 


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