Funding competition Industrial Decarbonisation: Local Industrial Decarbonisation Plans

UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £5 million to develop strategic plans for place-based industrial decarbonisation.

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Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will work with the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (DESNZ) to invest up to £5 million in place-based industrial decarbonisation plans.

The Local Industrial Decarbonisation Plans Competition (LIDP) provides support for industrial manufacturers, not located within the UK’s existing industrial clusters, to develop plans to reduce their emissions and avoid carbon leakage.

The competitive grant funding will support the advancement of place-based industrial decarbonisation plans. This will involve collaboration between closely located industrial businesses and other stakeholders, as well as upskilling their capabilities ahead of introducing low-emission technologies.

The objectives of this competition are as follows:

  1. To support the development of credible, context-sensitive, strategic plans for decarbonising local industrial clusters
  2. To increase organisational collaboration and strengthen decarbonisation planning skills, capacity and capability in local industrial clusters
  3. To gather evidence to inform decarbonisation of other local industrial clusters and dispersed sites

Through use of the fund we expect organisations to come together to form local clusters, which can be made up of closely located industrial businesses and other stakeholders, with the aim to establish a detailed, implementable plan for decarbonisation of their cluster.

This should include identification of a pipeline of decarbonisation projects that can be taken forward by the cluster towards deployment, including common decarbonisation infrastructure.

Local clusters must also provide evidence of how organisational structures will be established with the technical capabilities and coordinated capacity to drive implementation of the plan.

Please note: this funding opportunity is not for deployment of decarbonisation approaches.

In applying to this competition, you are entering into a competitive process.

This competition closes at 11am UK time on the deadline stated.

Funding type


Project size

Your project’s total grant funding request must be between £75,000 and £800,000.

Who can apply

Your project

Your project must:

  • have a grant funding request between £75,000 and £800,000
  • start by 1 January 2024
  • end by 31 December 2024
  • have a minimum duration of 6 months
  • collaborate with partners
  • carry out all of its project work in the UK
  • intend to exploit the results from or in the UK

You must only include eligible project costs in your application.

Under current restrictions, this competition will not fund any procurement, commercial, business development or supply chain activity with any Russian or Belarusian entity as lead, partner or subcontractor. This includes any goods or services originating from a Russian or Belarusian source.

If your total grant funding request or duration falls outside of our eligibility criteria, you must provide justification by email to at least 10 working days before the competition closes. We will decide whether to approve your request.

If you have not requested approval or your application has not been approved by us, you will be made ineligible. Your application will then not be sent for assessment.

Lead organisation

To lead a project your organisation must:

  • be a UK registered business of any size, charity, not for profit, research and technology organisation (RTO) or public sector organisation
  • collaborate with other UK registered organisations

More information on the different types of organisation can be found in our Funding rules.

Project team

To collaborate with the lead, your organisation must be one of the following UK registered:

  • business of any size
  • academic institution
  • charity
  • not for profit
  • public sector organisation
  • research and technology organisation (RTO)

Each partner organisation must be invited into the Innovation Funding Service by the lead to collaborate on a project. Once partners have accepted the invitation, they will be asked to login or to create an account in the Innovation Funding Service. They are responsible for entering their own project costs into the application.

To be an eligible collaboration, the lead and at least one other organisation must apply for funding when entering their costs into the application.

Non-funded partners

Your project can include partners that do not receive any of this competition’s funding, for example non-UK businesses. Their costs will count towards the total project costs.


Subcontractors are allowed in this competition.

Subcontractors can be from anywhere in the UK and you must select them through your usual procurement process.

All subcontractor costs must be justified and appropriate to the total project costs.

Number of applications

A business, research and technology organisation (RTO), charity, not for profit or public sector organisation can lead on one application and can be included as a collaborator in two further applications.

If an organisation is not leading an application, it can collaborate in up to two applications.

Previous applications

You cannot use a previously submitted application to apply for this competition.

We will not award you funding if you have:

Subsidy control (and State aid where applicable)

This competition provides funding in line with the Subsidy Control Act 2022. Further information about the Subsidy requirements can be found within the Subsidy Control Act 2022 (

Innovate UK is unable to award organisations that are considered to be in financial difficulty. We will conduct financial viability and eligibility tests to confirm this is not the case following the application stage.

EU State aid rules now only apply in limited circumstances. Please see our general guidance to check if these rules apply to your organisation.

Further Information

If you are unsure about your obligations under the Subsidy Control Act 2022 or the State aid rules, you should take independent legal advice. We are unable to advise on individual eligibility or legal obligations.

You must always make sure that the funding awarded to you is compliant with all current Subsidy Control legislation applicable in the United Kingdom.

This aims to regulate any advantage granted by a public sector body which threatens to, or actually distorts competition in the United Kingdom or any other country or countries.


Up to £5 million is available to fund feasibility studies for place-based industrial decarbonisation plans. Funding will be in the form of a grant.

If your organisation’s work on the project is commercial or economic, your funding request must not exceed the limits below. These limits apply even if your organisation normally acts non-economically but for the purpose of this project will be undertaking commercial or economic activity.

For feasibility studies, you could get funding for your eligible project costs of:

  • up to 70% if you are a micro or small organisation
  • up to 60% if you are a medium sized organisation
  • up to 50% if you are a large organisation

For more information on company sizes, please refer to the company accounts guidance. This is a change from the EU definition unless you are applying under State aid.

If you are applying for an award funded under State aid Regulations, the definitions are set out in the European Commission Recommendation of 6 May 2003.

Research participation

The public sector organisations, charities and research organisations undertaking non-economic activity as part of the project can share up to 50% of the total eligible project costs.

Within this 50% limit If your consortium contains:

  • more than one public sector organisation, charity or research organisation, this maximum is shared between them
  • academic organisations and research and technology (RTO) organisations undertaking non-economic activity as part of the project, their share must not exceed 30% of the total eligible project costs

Public sector organisations, charities and research organisations could get funding of eligible project costs of up to:

  • 80% of full economic costs (FEC) if you are a Je-S registered institution such as an academic
  • 100% of your project costs if you are an RTO, charity, not for profit organisation, public sector organisation or non Je-S registered research organisation

Your proposal

The aim of this competition is to support the creation of credible industrial decarbonisation plans for local industrial clusters. Local clusters can be made up of groups of closely located, emitting industrial sites and other stakeholders. The funding is intended to increase collaboration between organisations, strengthen decarbonisation planning skills and enable development of organisational structures for place-based decarbonisation.

Your proposal must:

  • demonstrate the regional and national significance of your project
  • demonstrate what networks, stakeholders and audiences will contribute to the project and what information will be disseminated through a dissemination plan
  • develop a strong understanding of emissions data and developing pathways to reach Net Zero by 2050
  • consider the wider cross-economy decarbonisation scenarios
  • capture existing activity in the cluster on industrial decarbonisation
  • identify the key industrial decarbonisation project options required to achieve carbon abatement in the local cluster, for example, common infrastructure and site-specific
  • identify barriers and enablers to industrial decarbonisation in the local cluster
  • analyse decarbonisation benefits and costs, including emissions, economic, environmental and social impact, and quantifying these where possible
  • identify key industrial decarbonisation stakeholders, plans for further engagement and future development of organisational structures designed to implement content of plan
  • demonstrate how the project will lead to decarbonisation of your local industrial cluster after the funding from this competition ends in March 2025
It is the responsibility of applicants to get independent subsidy control and State aid legal advice.

We want to fund a portfolio of projects, across this competition, based on:

  • geographical location
  • the range of industries
  • the range of technologies
  • project cost and funding available
  • project scale and replicability
  • environmental impacts
  • project timescales
  • alignment with and contribution to wider cross-economy decarbonisation, and decarbonisation of other clusters
  • other government funded projects in the region of the cluster, for example projects funded through the Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge (IDC)
  • stakeholder engagement
  • alignment with other government decarbonisation and place-based policies and funding

Specific themes

It is recognised that local industrial clusters will be at different stages of development but we would anticipate that your local cluster decarbonisation plan would include:

  • technology options
  • emissions data
  • commercial arrangements
  • stakeholders
  • funding and finance
  • knowledge dissemination, in the form of a dissemination plan demonstrating how learning from the project will be gathered and disseminated to other industrial clusters and dispersed sites
  • the economic, social and environmental impact of decarbonising the local cluster
  • existing decarbonisation activities
  • barriers and enablers
  • geographic coverage
  • timelines
  • exploitation plan

Research categories

We will fund feasibility studies as defined in the guidance on categories of research.

Projects we will not fund

We are not funding projects that are:

  • single industrial facilities
  • focused on deployment activities
  • pre-FEED (front end engineering design) or FEED studies
  • not primarily focused on industrial decarbonisation, however plans that are primarily focused on industry, but which can show synergies with decarbonisation of other sectors, for example, waste, power or transport, will be considered
  • considered to duplicate the scope of IDC Clusters, however plans that are not covered by the IDC clusters, but which can show how their plans will connect to the clusters, will be accepted

More information on the term ‘industry’ and on the IDC clusters can be found in the supporting information section of this competition brief.

We cannot fund projects that are:

  • dependent on export performance, for example giving a subsidy to a baker on the condition that it exports a certain quantity of bread to another country
  • dependent on domestic inputs usage, for example giving a subsidy to a baker on the condition that it uses 50% UK flour in their product
5 June 2023
Competition opens
6 June 2023
Online briefing event: register to attend
2 August 2023 11:00am
Competition closes
18 September 2023
Applicants notified

Before you start

You must read the guidance on applying for a competition on the Innovation Funding Service before you start.

Before submitting, it is the lead applicant’s responsibility to make sure:

  • that all the information provided in the application is correct
  • your proposal meets the eligibility and scope criteria
  • all sections of the application are marked as complete
  • that all partners have completed all assigned sections and accepted the terms and conditions (T&Cs)

You can reopen your application once submitted, up until the competition deadline. You must resubmit the application before the competition deadline.

What we ask you

The application is split into 3 sections:

  1. Project details.
  2. Application questions.
  3. Finances.

Accessibility and inclusion

We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and are committed to making our application process accessible to everyone. This includes providing support, in the form of reasonable adjustments, for people who have a disability or a long-term condition and face barriers applying to us. Watch the video on how we are making our application process more accessible and inclusive for everyone.

You must contact us as early as possible in the application process. We recommend contacting us at least 15 working days before the competition closing date to ensure we can provide you with the most suitable support possible.

You can contact us by emailing or calling 0300 321 4357. Our phone lines are open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays).

1. Project details

This section provides background for your application and is not scored.

Application team

Decide which organisations will work with you on your project and invite people from those organisations to help complete the application.

Application details

Give your project’s title, start date and duration.

Research category

Select the type of research you will undertake.

Project summary

Describe your project briefly and be clear about what makes it innovative. We use this section to assign the right experts to assess your application.

Your answer can be up to 400 words long.

Public description

Describe your project in detail and in a way that you are happy to see published. Do not include any commercially sensitive information. If we award your project funding, we will publish this description. This could happen before you start your project.

Your answer can be up to 400 words long.


Describe how your project fits the scope of the competition. If your project is not in scope it will not be sent for assessment. We will tell you the reason why.

Your answer can be up to 800 words long.

2. Application questions

The assessors will score all your answers apart from question 1. You will receive feedback for each scored question. Find out more about how our assessors assess and how we select applications for funding.

You must answer all questions. Do not include any website addresses (URLs) in your answers.

Question 1. Applicant location (not scored)

You must state the name and full registered address of your organisation and any partners working on your project. You must also provide the location of where the project work will take place.

We are collecting this information to understand the geographical location of all applicants.

Your answer can be up to 400 words long.

Question 2. Strategic fit

This question is worth 20% of the score.

How will the project produce credible area-based plans to guide clusters, government and industry to achieve significant reductions in industrial CO2 emissions.


  • the level of industry and wider stakeholder involvement, including working with organisations who can demonstrate they represent other industry groupings
  • your assessment of future industry participants including any engagement with these parties
  • how the project will produce solutions to achieve significant reductions in industrial emissions in an industrial cluster by 2035, or earlier, including through identifying options for common infrastructure solutions in the cluster for decarbonisation
  • how the project will contribute to achieving Net Zero by 2050
  • how your project is linked to other industrial decarbonisation projects in your local cluster region or in other regions, in the present or in the future, and any letters of support or collaboration agreements which confirm these arrangements
  • how it aligns with wider industrial Net Zero and place-based government policy and funding
  • how the project will ensure scalability and replicability of solutions
  • how the local cluster plan might evolve over time to reflect emerging government policy

Your answer can be up to 600 words long.

You can submit one appendix to support your answer. It must be a PDF and can be up to 2 A4 pages long. The font must be legible at 100% zoom.

Question 3. Project Success

This question is worth 10% of the score.

How will you ensure the success of this project?

How will you know that the project has been successful?


  • what the end result of the project would be
  • the project’s success criteria and how these will be measured, these could be key performance indicators (KPIs) appropriate to your project
  • what evidence and data will be collected, including how and when this will be done and who will be responsible
  • how do you intend to drive forward implementation of the plan after the fund and ensure the long-term sustainability of the cluster
  • the anticipated longer-term benefits of emissions reduction within the cluster, considering timescales for achieving these and how these will be measured
  • the intended social, economic and environmental longer-term benefits of the proposed project, and how progress towards achieving these will be captured and measured by the project

Your answer can be up to 600 words long.

Question 4. Project delivery

This question is worth 10% of the score.

How do you intend to mobilise the creation and development of a credible place-based decarbonisation plan for the local cluster? What activities, approaches and methods will you be delivering and how will this be achieved?


  • expected outputs of your project, which could include, the cluster plan, an exploitation plan and a dissemination plan
  • planned membership of the project team, including the resources, skills, and capabilities that will be needed to deliver your project, and how you will address any gaps within your project team
  • the key activities which will take place over the course of your project, including key milestones, for example decision points and approvals
  • any areas that cannot be progressed within the timeframe or budget available
  • how you intend to take a decision to move to the next stage of implementation of your place-based plan and an indication of the timeframe for this
  • how you will demonstrate that your project partners and any subcontractors can deliver your project to the proposed timeframe
  • how you will promote equality, diversity and inclusion within your project and demonstrate how your project team reflects your approach
  • your approach to project and programme management

Your answer can be up to 800 words long.

You must submit two appendices to support your answer.

Appendix A can include a short summary of the main people working on the project. It must be a PDF, up to 2 A4 pages long and no larger than 10MB in size. The font must be legible at 100% zoom.

Appendix B must be your project plan. Your plan must be based on a start date of 1 January 2024 and include the expected finish date (up to December 2024). It must be a PDF, up to 2 A4 pages long and no larger than 10MB in size. The font must be legible at 100% zoom.

Question 5. Knowledge sharing and stakeholder engagement

This question is worth 20% of the score.

How will you actively disseminate knowledge and learnings derived from the project to enhance, and advance decarbonisation of local industrial clusters in the UK?


  • how you will share knowledge gained on industrial decarbonisation solutions with other local clusters and dispersed sites, including considerations such as timeliness and means of communication
  • why knowledge sharing is important to your cluster
  • the benefits which will arise from knowledge sharing, and over what timescale these benefits will be realised
  • how you will ensure that your project takes account of other relevant work, for example, previous government-funded or EU-funded work in the UK and academic studies.
  • what evidence and data will be collected and shared, including how and when this will be done and who will be responsible
  • what knowledge sharing arrangements you will put in place and how you will ensure that information is disseminated effectively
  • what types of information you plan to share within your cluster, including project partners and non-partner organisations
  • what types of information you plan to share with other UK clusters, whether funded through this programme or not
  • what types of information you plan to share with government
  • what types of information you plan to share with Innovate UK, in addition to standard reports issued for monitoring purposes
  • the types of information you plan to share with other stakeholders which you have identified

Your answer can be up to 800 words long.

Question 6. Project governance and stakeholder management

This question is worth 10% of the score.

How do you intend to set up the governance arrangements to deliver this project successfully? How will you manage all stakeholders effectively?


  • the governance structure to be put in place, including how you intend to manage the resolution of issues
  • the relationship between project partners and where each partner adds value to the project
  • the reporting mechanisms to be put in place for internal and external use
  • the wider engagement that needs to occur with other stakeholders external to the core partner applicants, and how this will be managed
  • how you will ensure that any subcontractors deliver to the required quality and timescales
  • how you will ensure you are getting the right technical expertise for the project

Your answer can be up to 600 words long.

Question 7. Risks

This question is worth 10% of the score.

What are the key risks and opportunities for the project?


  • the risks you have identified in developing your project, including technical, legal, commercial, policy, supply chain, evidence and data gathering, and sourcing information, using a RAG (red, amber, green) rating for each risk
  • how any previous work undertaken on the local cluster has influenced understanding of project risks
  • how you expect the level of risks to change over the lifetime of your project
  • any assumptions that you have made, and your approach to identifying any that may be made during the development of your place-based plan
  • any mitigations that can be put in place to reduce the risk
  • any opportunities that could arise
  • how your project will manage uncertainty

Your answer can be up to 600 words long. You can submit one appendix. It can include diagrams and charts. It must be a PDF and can be up to 2 A4 pages long. The font must be legible at 100% zoom.

Question 8. Commercial and value for money

This question is worth 20% of the score.

How do the costs of the project ensure value for money?

What long-term gains would be achieved through this level of public funding?


In terms of your project goals, explain:

  • your total project costs
  • the grant funding you are requesting
  • the funding to be made available by each organisation, how each partner will finance their contributions, and on what timeframe
  • any subcontractor costs and why they are critical to your project
  • any procurement activities that might be needed, and your approach to procurement
  • how are you benchmarking costs to ensure they are appropriate and will ascertain quality


In terms of your project goals, explain:

  • how you will be match funding the project
  • how will you comply with subsidy control or State aid requirements
  • what investment can be committed to this project, in addition to the match funding required by subsidy control or State aid, including what the investments are, when they will occur, and the value attributed to them

Value for Money

In terms of your project goals, explain:

  • whether the project would proceed without this funding, and how it compares to what you would spend your money on otherwise
  • plans for ensuring the long-term sustainability of the local cluster after the investment period of March 2025
  • how you will drive implementation of the plans after the funding ends in March 2025, for example, this could be through an exploitation plan
  • the anticipated longer-term gains which will arise from the project

Your answer can be up to 800 words long

You can upload an appendix to support your answer. It must be a PDF, up to 2 A4 pages long and no larger than 10MB in size. The font must be legible at 100% zoom.

3. Finances

Each organisation in your project must complete their own project costs, organisation details and funding details in the application. Academic institutions must complete and upload a Je-S form.

For full details on what costs you can claim see our project costs guidance. You can also view our Application Finances video.

Background and further information

Guidance on the term ‘industry’

The competition does not define the term ‘industry’. You can refer to the Standard Industrial Classification of economic activities (SIC), and more specifically Codes 10 to 33, as a guide to aid the development of the submission.

Existing Industrial Clusters and the Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge

The Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge (IDC) supports development of low-carbon technologies and infrastructure, increasing industry competitiveness and contributing to the UK’s clean growth.

The IDC is contributing to the UK’s drive for clean growth by supporting six of the UK’s industrial clusters in their mission to decarbonise at scale. Together, the IDC and UK industrial partners will lay the foundation for developing at least one low-carbon industrial cluster by 2030 and the world’s first net-zero industrial cluster by 2040.

The challenge provides up to £210 million, matched by £261 million from industry, to invest in developing technologies such as carbon capture and storage and hydrogen fuel switching. The technologies will be deployed and scaled up within the UK’s largest industrial clusters.

The six largest industrial clusters have previously been mapped by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and reported in the Industrial Clusters Mission (GOV.UK).

The clusters secure 1.5 million jobs and annually export goods and services worth £320 billion. The clusters also release around 40 million tonnes of carbon dioxide per year, equating to one third of all business and industrial emissions.

Deployment projects

The £171 million deployment investment will enable significant reductions in industrial emissions in industrial clusters. The stage two deployment projects include:

  • HyNet– Hydrogen and CCUS (onshore and offshore)
  • Scotland’s Net Zero infrastructure (onshore and offshore)
  • Net Zero Teesside
  • Northern Endurance Partnership
  • Zero Carbon Humber
  • Humber Zero
  • South Wales Industrial Cluster

Cluster plans

The £8 million cluster plans investment will produce a blueprint to achieve Net Zero emissions for each industrial cluster. This will ensure the UK has a Net Zero industrial cluster by 2040 and 4 decarbonised clusters by 2030.

We have awarded six research projects in the ‘Decarbonisation of industrial clusters: cluster plan’ competition.

The six cluster plan projects are:

Cluster Plan Case Studies

Further information on the Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge and the Clusters it funds can be found here. A map of the IDC funded projects can be found here.

Technical Adviser Support

It is recognised that Local Industrial Clusters are at varying stages of readiness and formation, therefore successful projects will be granted access to Technical Advisers during delivery of the successfully funded project.

The Technical Advisers will be able to provide guidance in areas such as:

  • cost estimates​
  • process engineering​
  • business models ​
  • impacts of low carbon hydrogen standard​
  • CO₂ specifications​
  • proximity to infrastructure ​
  • commercial arrangements ​
  • technological solutions

Note: the technical advisers are not there to deliver your project.


We will send you a short survey to ask how you found the application process. This survey will be sent at the end of the application window.

The information collected through this survey will be used for the monitoring and evaluation of the Local Industrial Decarbonisation Plans (LIDP) and to inform any future funding opportunities.

You are not required to complete this survey. The progress of your application is in no way dependent on completing the survey and your responses will not affect your application in any way.

If you are successful in your application, you may be invited to complete a second survey.

Data sharing

This competition is jointly operated by Innovate UK and The Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (DESNZ) (each an ‘agency’).

Any relevant information submitted and produced during the application process concerning your application can be shared by one agency with the other, for its individual storage, processing and use.

This means that any information given to or generated by Innovate UK in respect of your application may be passed on to The Department for Energy Security and Net Zero and vice versa. This would include, but is not restricted to:

  • the information stated on the application, including the personal details of all applicants
  • scoring and feedback on the application
  • information received during the management and administration of the grant, such as Monitoring Officer reports and Independent Accountant Reports

Innovate UK and The Department for Energy Security and Net Zero are directly accountable to you for their holding and processing of your information, including any personal data and confidential information. Data is held in accordance with their own policies. Accordingly, Innovate UK, and The Department for Energy Security and Net Zero will be data controllers for personal data submitted during the application. Innovate UK’s Privacy Policy is accessible here.

Innovate UK complies with the requirements of GDPR, and is committed to upholding the data protection principles, and protecting your information. The Information Commissioner’s Office also has a useful guide for organisations, which outlines the data protection principles.

Find a project partner

If you want help to find a project partner, contact Innovate UK KTN.

Support for SMEs from Innovate UK EDGE

If you receive an award, you will be contacted about working with an innovation and growth specialist at Innovate UK EDGE. This service forms part of our funded offer to you.

These specialists focus on growing innovative businesses and ensuring that projects contribute to their growth. Working one-to-one, they can help you to identify your best strategy and harness world-class resources to grow and achieve scale.

We encourage you to engage with Innovate UK EDGE, delivered by a knowledgeable and objective specialist near you.

Next steps

If you are successful with this application, you will be asked to set up your project.

You must follow the unique link embedded in your email notification. This takes you to your IFS Set Up portal, the tool that Innovate UK uses to gather necessary information before we can allow your project to begin.

You will need to provide:

  • the name and contact details of your project manager and project finance lead
  • a redacted copy of your bank details
  • a collaboration agreement
  • an exploitation plan

In order for us to process your claims, you must make sure you have a valid UK bank account. It is possible that it can take several weeks for a new account to be created. We would recommend starting this process as early as possible to avoid any delays to you project start date.

The bank details you give to us must relate to a UK high street bank that is regulated by the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA). The account must have a BACS clearing facility and be in the same company name as your application.

If you have any doubts that your bank account will not meet Innovate UK's funding criteria, you can use the sort code checker. If you input the sort code and find a tick next to the ‘BACS Direct Credit payments can be sent to this sort code’, this will give you an indication that the bank account you hold is acceptable.

Finance checks

We will carry out checks to make sure you are an established company with access to the funds necessary to complete the project.

You must check your IFS portal regularly and respond to any requests we have sent for additional information to avoid any delays.

Failure to complete project setup may result in your grant offer being withdrawn.

Your Grant offer letter (GOL)

Once you have successfully completed project setup, we will issue your GOL.

The GOL will be made available on your IFS portal. You will need to sign and upload this before you start your project.

Your GOL will show the start date for your project, do not start your project before this date. Any costs incurred before your start date cannot be claimed as part of your grant.

If your application is unsuccessful

If you are unsuccessful with your application this time, you can view feedback from the assessors. This will be available to you on your IFS portal following notification.

Sometimes your application will have scored well, and you will receive positive comments from the assessors. You may be unsuccessful as your average score was not above the funding threshold or your project has not been selected under the portfolio approach if this is applied for this competition.

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