Industrial Energy Transformation Fund (IETF) Phase 1: Summer 2020 (closed to applications)

Phase 1 of the IETF provides grant funding for feasibility and engineering studies and for industrial energy efficiency deployment projects.

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The IETF Phase 1: Summer 2020 competition closed on 28 October 2020: see a list and summaries of the winning projects.

The IETF Phase 1: Spring 2021 competition runs from Monday 8 March until Wednesday 14 July 2021.

Applies to England, Northern Ireland and Wales



IETF Phase 1: Spring 2021

The Phase 1: Spring 2021 competition opens to applications from Monday 8 March until Wednesday 14 July 2021.

Phase 1: Summer 2020 of the Industrial Energy Transformation Fund (IETF) opened in June 2020, and the competition ran from 20 July to 28 October 2020.

Thirty nine applications from this competition, totalling around £31 million, have been approved for funding subject to due diligence checks. We will publish details of successful awards here in due course.

Please note that different guidance documents will apply in future windows.

Phase 1 project types

Phase 1 provided funding for:

  • projects deploying technologies that improve the energy efficiency of industrial processes
  • feasibility and engineering studies into energy efficiency and deep decarbonisation measures for industrial processes


  • organisations within the manufacturing SIC codes 10-33
  • data centres


The funding was allocated as grants:

  • the minimum grant companies could receive for energy efficiency deployment projects was £250,000
  • the total eligible costs for engineering studies had to be at least £100,000
  • the total eligible costs for feasibility studies had to be at least £60,000

Fund management

  • Innovate UK is managing Phase 1 delivery for England, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • at least £30 million of funding was available

Get in touch

For more information about the Fund, please contact Innovate UK:

  • by email
  • by calling the helpline on 0300 321 4357 between 9.00-11:30am and 2.00-4:30pm, Monday to Friday

If your site is in Scotland, find out about the Scottish Industrial Energy Transformation Fund (SIETF) or contact the Scottish Government at

Updates to this page

Published 29 June 2020
Last updated 7 February 2021 + show all updates
  1. Competition closed. The IETF Phase 1 Spring 2021 competition opens on 8 March 2021, the guidance made available on 8 February 2021.

  2. First published.

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