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The BEIS Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator (IEEA)


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 (IEEA) could be of interest to you.

Key facts

  • The BEIS IEEA is competition designed to help identify new energy efficient technologies and accelerate their deployment in UK industry
  • Our key focus is on innovations with large cross-sector energy and carbon reduction impact, either from novel technologies or known technologies in new sectors
  • The target areas include all industrial and manufacturing sectors in the UK  this includes datacentres, water utilities and the waste sector

Target sectors include manufacturing, data centres, and the waste sector

  • The programme is open to private sector companies, universities and other research organisations; public sector bodies are not eligible
  • Funding will be awarded on a competitive basis, with awards up to £1m for 10-15 projects (40-60% capital support of eligible costs)

BEIS IEEA Phase 2 ran from 1 February – 30 April 2019. The Carbon Trust offered an application support service to all applicants.

The Carbon Trust 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 is 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.

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 Readiness 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

Supporting partner engagement

We expect technology developers to identify industrial businesses that they would be interested in partnering with to deliver their proposed technology demonstrator, and make contact with them.  Once we’re satisfied that the proposed technology and project approach meet the objectives of the Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator then we can provide some partner engagement support to the technology developer.

This limited support, which we anticipate will take the form of supporting several calls or meetings, will be targeted at helping the technology developer communicate the purpose, value and benefit of participating in the IEEA programme to the identified industrial businesses where the demonstrator could be located. At these same discussions the technology developer will present or restate their project concept. 

Because the IEEA application process is an open competition the IEEA team cannot endorse a technology.  That said, the IEEA team could indicate that there are no "in principle" barriers that would stop a technology from being supported as part of an competitively won demonstrator concept.

Application process (click to view larger version) (click to view larger version)

Initial Screening

An initial screening recommendation will be provided to inform whether the idea is within programme scope.

Project Application

If you have already received feedback on your idea, and are now ready, we recommend that you study the application guidance and terms and conditions carefully, and watch our video on how to apply.

You can then register to download the application documents.

Application Guidance

Find out more

View the introductory slides which provide an introduction and overview of the IEEA, including key considerations for potential applicants such as the competition schedule, application process and eligibility criteria.

Download introductory slides (PDF)

Phase one projects


Read the full article

Frequently asked questions

Can the consortium have more than two partners involved?

Yes – There may be a combination of industrial partners, technology suppliers, universities and other research organisations.

If I apply now do I have to wait till the end of the application window to hear back?

No – we will carry out an initial evaluation and provide feedback. We may ask you to attend a clarification meeting if any further information is needed. However, you will not receive a final decision until after the end of the application window.

When do we receive initial funding?

Funds from BEIS will flow to successful project in line with the project plan and milestones as stipulated by the applicant.

Must the technology be ready to install?

Yes – but as long as the technology is already at TRL 5, initial project activities can include further development to finalise equipment parameters / design before deploying an industrial scale prototype later in the project.

Funded by

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

Led by

Carbon Trust



Supported by

Innovate UK  

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 not been commercialised before in the sector being demonstration, or not have been commercialised in the UK.  There must be a significant technical barrier to overcome.

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, only the time that is actually allocated to the project can be accounted for.

5 EU state aid rules are designed to prevent unfair subsidies. The General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER) define a range of types of state aid that are approved by the European Commission. IEEA grants are offered within the remit of Article 25 of the GBER: You might find it useful to seek independent advice in relation to your eligibility.

6 The definition of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) is set out in the European Commission Recommendation of 6 May 2003.

7 The eligible costs of research and development projects are defined in article 25 of the GBER and comprise personnel costs; costs of instruments and equipment to the extent and for the period used for the project (i.e. the depreciation costs corresponding to the life of the project); costs of buildings and land, to the extent and for the duration period used for the project; costs of contractual research, knowledge and patents; costs of consultancy; and additional overheads and other operating expenses, including costs of materials and supplies. For further details see:

8 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.


9 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.


10 For further details of what is considered non-economic activity, please see Annex D of this document:

The results of the non-economic activity should be widely disseminated by way of teaching, publication or knowledge transfer. Any costs claimed should be in line with the terms and conditions of Eligible Expenditure in the Grant Agreement – the grantee must be satisfied they are compliant with these (e.g. not double-counting - grantees cannot claim for expenditure already paid through any other sources).

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