Funding opportunities


Use this page to explore the wide variety of funding opportunities available within the Scottish Research and Innovation landscape, with a particular cross-sectoral or cross-discipline focus.

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Innovation Seed Funding

Funding available from: SULSA

Eligible for: early lecturers and PIs

Summary: This funding aims to support researchers in the development of their independent research and their affiliation with the industry sector. Aimed at early lecturers/PIs to support development of their independent research and their affiliation with the industry sector, projects should aim to foster collaborations across the academic and industry sector and drive novel and exciting research and innovation.

Closing Date: Monday 1st March 2021 (extended by 2 weeks to accommodate those affected by lockdown measures)

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Innovation Voucher Programme

Funding available from: Interface

Eligible for: Scottish SME’s and academic partners

Summary: The Scottish Funding Council offer a number of funding programmes, which are administered by Interface, to offset the cost for businesses collaborating with Scotland’s universities or further education colleges to support innovation to develop a new product, process or service for the company or to develop the company’s workforce.

Closing Date: Ongoing

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Industry Engagement Fund

Funding available from: ETP

Eligible for: Scottish SME’s or non-Scottish SME’s who have or want to establish a base in Scotland 

In collaboration with: European Regional Development Fund, Scottish Enterprise, Scottish Government & Highlands and Islands Enterprise

Summary: This fund 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; access to state-of-the-art knowledge and expertise by collaborating with academics based in our 13 partner universities in Scotland; and access to testing facilities at the Scottish Energy Laboratory.

Closing Date: Ongoing


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Collaborative R&D Project Support (for industry-led projects)

Funding available from: CENSIS

Eligible for: Scottish-based businesses and an academic partner

Summary: CENSIS is the Innovation Centre for sensing, imaging and IoT. Project funding is available to support Scottish-based businesses that need to undertake R&D in partnership with academia. Typically lasting 6-18 months, our R&D projects must be industry-led. They can involve one or more HEIs partners, plus our own in-house engineering team if necessary. The objective is to support projects that improve industry’s competitiveness to help Scotland’s economy flourish – everything from creating a new product or process to adopting cutting edge technology in a business.

Closing Date: Open-ended

Contact: Michael Fletcher, Business Development Director, CENSIS: 

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SCOUT Project

Funding available from: European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), managed by Scottish Enterprise, along with the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI), CMAC Future Manufacturing Research Hub (CMAC) and the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC).

Eligible for: Scottish SME’s

Summary: For all SME’s, operating in high-value chemical or biochemical supply chains, looking for support to overcome innovation challenges, strengthening their business as we start to emerge from the current pandemic crisis – the SCOUT Project is here to help. CPI, CMAC and IBioIC jointly bring their strong technical expertise and facilities to support SMEs progress with their innovation challenges, generating new ideas, partnerships and revenues, helping to accelerate the delivery of disruptive technology to the market and ultimately to deliver economic growth.

Closing Date: December 2022

Contact: via website

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