Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator (IEEA) Phase 2

Key Features

The Carbon Trust is managing the £9.2 million Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator (IEEA), designed to strengthen the global competitiveness of British industry. The IEEA aims to lower costs and increase the number of available energy efficient technologies for a range of industrial sectors.

Programme:     BEIS

Award:     Share of £9.2 million

Opens: 1st Feb 2019

Closes: 30th Apr 2019

! This scheme is now closed


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.


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.

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.

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.

Please note that your technology must be ready to be trialled in a demonstration when you apply.

To be successful, your application must clearly demonstrate:

  • Strong energy and CO2 savings potential
  • A scalable industrial application with commercial potential
  • Ability to deliver against project plan
  • Value for money


The Carbon Trust can advise you on whether your idea is within the programme scope. Some considerations include:

  • The project must be targeted at the UK industrial sector
  • Demonstrations must take place on UK industrial sites, although technologies to be demonstrated may come from any market
  • Process intelligence / smart optimisation systems are encouraged
  • The IEEA competition is open to the private sector and universities, but not the public sector
    On-site renewables and buildings-related energy efficiency solutions are not in scope
  • Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) is not in scope
  • The utilities sector (both energy and water provision) is not in scope

Funding Costs

A total of £9.2m in funding will be available through the programme, primarily for funding demonstration projects.

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.

To find out more – please click here to visit the Carbon Trust Website, or you can download the Carbon Trust’s introductory slides for the competition here.