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IEEA Funding Competition

Details of the Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator funding competition and how to apply.

Do you have an energy reduction technology concept that is ready to be demonstrated in industry?

Are you from a forward-thinking industrial site that could be interested in demonstrating an innovative new technology that will reduce your energy costs?

If the answer to either of these is yes, then the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s £9.2 million Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator could help you.

Competition dates: October 2017 –  31 August 2018

Programme runs until: Summer 2021

Download the application form

The Carbon Trust has launched an Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator (IEEA), funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). The IEEA is a funding programme designed to support partnerships between developers of energy efficient technologies and industrial companies willing to test technologies on-site. The programme is open to projects from all UK industry sectors that can demonstrate either a novel technology (targeting Technology Readiness Level 5-8), or the use of an established technology in a novel way.

Being involved in the BEIS IEEA will allow promising innovators to demonstrate their technology in an operational environment and increase confidence from potential users. The BEIS IEEA also provides forward-looking industrial companies with an opportunity to implement pioneering technologies with decreased risk and capital cost. 

A total of £9.2m in funding will be available through the programme, primarily for funding demonstration projects1. Successful applicants should expect to receive between 40-60% of required funding for their project, with IEEA contributions typically between £150,000 and £1,000,000 per project – the remainder to be provided by the applicant. There is scope for a small number of exceptional projects to receive more than £1,000,000. 

Where appropriate, innovators will also receive project de-risking and incubation support to help them deploy successful projects, build a sales pipeline, hone their sales message and raise finance.

Are you eligible to apply?

Industrial companies with UK sites, UK universities, or joint consortia may apply for a grant, where technology developers and industrial companies are encouraged to apply to the competition with a combined submission (can be more than 2 parties). It is possible for a company to apply individually; however, it is anticipated that most of the projects will be delivered through a partnership.



What types of projects may be eligible?

Projects from all industrial and manufacturing sectors will be considered so long as:

  • The technology is novel2


  • The project aims to use commercial technology in a novel way2


  • The result of the project will be a reduction in (or avoidance of) energy use and/carbon emissions


Types of projects that will not be eligible:

  • Buildings technologies
  • On-grid electricity generation technologies and water utilities
  • On-site renewables3
  • Carbon Capture & Storage (CCS)
  • Big data / analytics (except for process optimisation)
  • Local authority projects (but note that local authorities can propose a UK site for technology implementation)


Other key requirements for eligibility:

  • Co-financing must have been secured (which can include in-kind contributions4)
  • There is strong energy and CO2 reduction potential
  • Project must have an agreed demonstration site in the UK (but the industrial company could be headquartered elsewhere)
  • All parties must accept BEIS’ Terms and Conditions via a Grant Funding Agreement (PDF) and Grant Offer Letter (PDF)
  • The project demonstrates value for money
  • A deliverable of the scheme will be the public release of a case study for each project – you will need to ensure that all parties agree to providing project information (e.g. performance data and deployment success / failure)


How much funding might I be eligible for?

The funding eligibility is calculated based on compliance with EU State Aid Legislation, dependent on the size of enterprise and the type of project to be completed. It is anticipated that projects will be awarded from £150,000 to £1 million, but there is scope for smaller or larger projects also.

Maximum state aid funding intensities are shown below, but note that these amounts are not guaranteed and the actual amount offered will be decided on a case-by-case basis.


EU State Aid Guidance

Small Enterprise

Medium Enterprise

Large Enterprise

Industrial Research5




Industrial Research with collaboration uplift




Experimental Development6




Experimental Development with collaboration uplift




The intention of the programme is to help developers and industrial partners to overcome the barriers to demonstration of potentially viable projects, predominantly through the provision of funding. To apply for a grant from the IEEA, the project should be at least at Technology Realisation Level (TRL) 5 before the contract is awarded, with a formalised plan in place to move the technology towards commercialisation via demonstration.

Scope of the programme

Project process flow including potential barriers

Project process flow


Competition dates: October 2017 –  31 August 2018

Applications can be submitted from October 2017 and will be reviewed periodically every two months as per the deadlines above, or until funding exhausted.  Note that your technology must be ready to be trialled in a demonstration when you apply.

The intention is that the Carbon Trust acts as a collaborative supporting mechanism whereby potential partners can get in touch to get information and advice on how to proceed. The application must be completed by the lead competition applicant.

Applications for funding through the BEIS IEEA should be made on a collaborative basis. You may be in a position where you have a technology ready, but have not yet identified an industrial partner, or you may be an industrial company seeking an innovator to solve a process problem.

Find a partner:

The Carbon Trust recognise that finding a partner alone could be a challenge, and as such have set up a service for finding potential partners:

List of Industry Partners        List of Technology Providers

Applicants should ensure up-front that all parties in a partnership or group are agreed with regards to intellectual property and physical assets following project completion.


How to apply

Download the application form

Before you start

It is important to understand the potential level of funding you may be eligible for, and to ensure that your technology and project approach fit with the requirements of the scheme. If you have any questions about the approach, feel free to get in touch with the Carbon Trust via:

When you are ready to apply

If you are applying as a partnership or a group, you will need to decide who is the lead applicant and they will apply on the partnership/group’s behalf. This can be any party, but note that the lead applicant will directly receive the funding thus need to disseminate it amongst the group in the manner agreed within the contract with BEIS.

How to apply

Applicants will be invited to submit an application outlining their concept and key project criteria from September 2017. The application will be required to cover:

  • Eligibility criteria check
  • Status of the co-funding
  • A short description of the proposed project
  • Status and description of the secured demonstration site
  • A short description of the potential impact (short, medium, and long term)
  • A short description of the potential for commercialisation (short, medium, and long term)
  • Team / partnership overview
  • Proposed date of demonstration
  • Proposed milestone delivery plan


Download the application form

What happens after application?

What happens after application



Further information

1 Some programme funding will be used to provide other support services including developer incubation

2 To count as being ‘novel’ a technology must either have never been commercialised before, or not have been commercialised in the UK.

3 The generation of energy or heat as part of an industrial process (e.g. the use of waste heat) for use on-site is within programme scope; general energy generation technologies will be assessed on a case-by-case basis

4 Such as provision of equipment to be used in testing, or provision of currently employed staff members’ time for the project. Note that when using staff members, ensure that only the time that is actually allocated to the project

5 Where ‘Industrial Research’ is defined by the EU as

‘planned research or critical investigation aimed at the acquisition of new knowledge and skills for developing new products, processes or services or for bringing about a significant improvement in existing products, processes or services. It comprises the creation of components parts of complex systems, and may include the construction of prototypes in a laboratory environment or in an environment with simulated interfaces to existing systems as well as of pilot lines, when necessary for the industrial research and notably for generic technology validation’

Where ‘Experimental Development’ is defined by the EU as:

acquiring, combining, shaping and using existing scientific, technological, business and other relevant knowledge and skills with the aim of developing new or improved products, processes or services. This may also include, for example, activities aiming at the conceptual definition, planning and documentation of new products, processes or services.

Experimental development may comprise prototyping, demonstrating, piloting, testing and validation of new or improved products, processes or services in environments representative of real life operating conditions where the primary objective is to make further technical improvements on products, processes or services that are not substantially set. This may include the development of a commercially usable prototype or pilot which is necessarily the final commercial product and which is too expensive to produce for it to be used only for demonstration and validation purposes.

Experimental development does not include routine or periodic changes made to existing products, production lines, manufacturing processes, services and other operations in progress, even if those changes may represent improvements’

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