Climate Innovation Fund

Launching in January 2023 the Climate Innovation Fund welcomes applications from climate-focused innovators seeking grants between £2,000 and £10,000. This funding can support entrepreneurs developing their ideas through to SMEs striving to take their business to the next level.  

This funding has been made available for innovators that are supporting a shift towards a low carbon economy and/or promoting research and innovation in the adoption of low carbon technologies.  

Applications will close at 13:00, Friday 10 February, 2023. 

Register your interest in the Climate Innovation Fund by completing the form below: 

  • Name
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  • climateinnovation@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Which innovations are we looking to support?  

We are looking to support entrepreneurs who are creating low carbon solutions and supporting the Government's ambition towards net zero. This could include but is not limited to businesses focused on:

  • Low carbon infrastructure   

  • Heating and cooling solutions   

  • Data and digital solutions  

  • Energy to waste adoption   

  • Hydrogen within transport and heat sector   

  • Electric vehicle adoption and/or use  

  • Energy storage  

  • Energy systems and energy solutions   

  • Other climate-focused ideas 

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the eligibility criteria to apply for the CIP Innovation Fund?

To be eligible for funding from the CIP innovation fund you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a Small or Medium Size Enterprise with fewer than 250 employees and an annual turnover not exceeding 50 million Euro and/or annual balance sheet not exceeding 43 million Euro
  • Be located in the Greater Birmingham Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) more developed area which comprises most postcodes in the Birmingham, Solihull, Bromsgrove, Redditch and Wyre Forest Districts
  • Have received less than 200,000 euros of De Minimis State Aid in the last 3 financial year
  • You will also need to complete an application form which will be assessed.

If you are unsure of your eligibility or would like to discuss this further, please email climateinnovation@contacts.bham.ac.uk

What are the conditions to access the CIP Innovation Fund?

Acceptance on the programme is only available to eligible businesses (see eligibility criteria above) and is subject to successful assessment of a completed application form detailing the amount of grant requested, how the grant will be used and impact on business development/growth. Expenses will have to be approved by the CIP team prior to being incurred with payments leaving bank accounts (defrayal) by 21 April 2023. Invoices and defrayal evidence will be required as part of the Grant payment request.

For more information, please email climateinnovation@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Can I apply for the Climate Innovation Fund if my business is not registered yet on Companies House?

We can only accept applications that meet the eligibility criteria and businesses that are registered with Companies House at the point of submitting their application. 

How can I get further information?

You are encouraged to attend one of our Open Days to explore the exciting opportunities we have on offer.

Register to attend an Open Day at Tyselely Energy Park 

Register to attend a virtual Open Day 

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