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Scottish Enterprise Research & Development (R&D)Grants

The R&D Grant supports businesses developing new products, processes and services to improve company competitiveness and to benefit the Scottish economy. 

The R&D grant can provide assistance to support:

  • 'Industrial Research' - the 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.
  • 'Experimental Development' - the acquiring, combining, shaping and using existing scientific, technological, business and other relevant knowledge and skills for the purpose of producing plans and arrangements or designs for new, altered or significantly improved products, processes or services

Support for R&D projects is available on a discretionary basis:

  • at 35% of the eligible project costs for grants to SMEs up to £40,000
  • at 25% of the eligible project costs for grants to SMEs above £40,000 and for all grants to large companies
  • Grants above £40,000 must demonstrate a positive impact on R&D jobs in Scotland
  • All grants, as part of the appraisal process, must demonstrate the need for support
  • Projects will typically be between 6 and 36 months duration.

Assistance is available to companies of all sizes located in Scotland or planning to establish a base in Scotland,for research and development.

Download the R&D Grants Information Leaflet. [Adobe Acrobat PDF - 139.59 KB]

Further details are available at Scottish Business Grants.