UK Cleantech Sector

As world economies grapple with the challenges of avoiding climate change, new ways to provide cleaner energy and reduce carbon emissions have never been more urgently needed.

“Clean growth means growing our national income while cutting greenhouse gas emissions”- BEIS 

The UK has been one of the leading innovators in contributing to industrial decarbonisation, renewable energy and low carbon manufacturing. These industries are currently valued at £42.6bn forecast to grow at three times the rate of the national average for industry.

To date, the government has announced Carbon Capture and Storage plans to be in place by 2025-2030, sustainable and environmentally conscious heating solutions for homes and businesses, a green gas levy, and funding for cleantech. These solutions follow on from the governments 2017 Clean Growth Strategy, which continues up to 2021.With only 1 year left we are set to see this clean growth trend be supported by a number of R&D funding opportunities.

UK Agritech Sector

The UK is at the forefront of agri-tech, in part related to the highly-skilled talent and proven ability to develop and bring to market new products and solutions to support global advances in agriculture. Benefits in the UK for agri-tech development are the innovation springboarding to global markets by encouraging research and development (R&D) and innovation through tax credits, tax relief and patents, and its strong intellectual property protection. Additional benefits are the many centres of excellence in R&D in the UK, developing technologies to improve the productivity and sustainability of agriculture, horticulture, aquaculture, animal husbandry and forestry.

Grant Funding Priorities


Current funding has been applied to several focuses, including:

  • Doubling the size of the Energy Innovation Programme
  • £270m of new funding to enable new and existing heat networks to adopt low carbon heat sources
  • £403m of funding for the Plug-in Car Grant
  • £129.5m for decarbonising vans, taxis and motorcycles
  • £500m commitment over the next five years to support the rollout of a fast-charging network for electric vehicles
  • £640m investment in tree planting and peatland restoration
  • £700k to establish the Extended Producer Responsibility scheme, designed to encourage producers to make their packaging more recyclable and reduce the amount of unnecessary packaging



Current funding focus areas:

  • Agri-Food Africa (GCRF)
  • AgriFood Landscape
  • Aquaculture
  • Crops
  • Food and drink manufacturing
  • Livestock
  • Microbiome

Working with Granted Consultancy


Granted Consultancy can support businesses developing Cleantech or Agritech solutions, processes or products to access funding from a range of sources (UKRI, Innovate UK, Faraday Battery Challenge, APC, Agri-tech, GCRF, and Energy Catalyst). Our team of consultants are experts in developing projects with tangible impacts that contribute to greening the UK economy. If you have an exciting project in need of support to address a key climate, energy, automotive, or data-driven challenge, get in touch to explore how we can assist you.

To understand how we work, please see our services page.

Featured funding opportunities

Below are just some of the current funding opportunities. Please contact us to see if there are others.

SBRI competition – Modernising Energy Data Applications phase 1

Competition opens: Monday 12 October 2020   Summary The aim… Read more »

APC 17: developing the UK’s low carbon automotive capability

Summary The aim of this competition is to seek proposals… Read more »

IETF industrial energy efficiency and decarbonisation studies

Summary In this strand projects must undertake a feasibility or… Read more »

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