How to apply for the Industrial Heat Recovery Support (IHRS) programme.
9 July 2019 - Programme Updates
- IHRS programme extended by a year to March 2022
- 2 additional assessment windows
- third parties can now apply as main applicants on behalf of sites operated by companies within the eligible SIC codes
About the programme
The Industrial Heat Recovery Support (IHRS) programme is designed to encourage and support investment in heat recovery technologies. This means helping businesses of any size to identify and invest in opportunities for recovering and reusing heat that would otherwise be wasted.
Recovered waste heat can be used in many ways, including:
- within the same industrial facility
- by another end-user (for example a heat network)
- by converting the waste heat to power
This will help businesses lower their fuel costs, reduce waste heat and cut emissions.
To take part in the programme, you can apply for a grant which will partially fund your proposed project. Your proposal must align with the programme objectives, which are to:
- increase industry confidence to invest in technologies to recover heat from industrial processes
- increase deployment of such technologies in England and Wales
Funding (from a total pot of £18 million) is allocated through a competitive process. Scoring criteria is provided in the programme guidance documents.
The programme is split into 2 phases:
- Phase 1: conceptualise and define the areas where your business could reuse waste heat; assess costs and benefits
- Phase 2: the delivery stage: detailed design, procurement, construction, commissioning, operation start-up and monitoring and evaluation.
Projects can be funded from 3 different entry points:
- feasibility study and preliminary engineering (Phase 1); or
- preliminary engineering only (for applicants who have already undertaken a feasibility study independent of the IHRS) (Phase 1); or
- detailed design and delivery (Phase 2).
All grant funding will be provided in line with state aid rules.
To find out how much funding you are eligible for, check Section 5.1 of the Programme Guidance Note.
How to apply: steps and guidance
The IHRS programme is open to applications.
To apply, complete the application registration form and send it to the IHRS delivery partner, ICF, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ICF will guide you through the application steps and provide the appropriate documents for you to complete.
The application process has 4 steps which can take up to 4 weeks (not including assessment):
Step 1: Application Registration
Step 2: Submit Checkpoint form
Step 3: Submit Application Workbook
Step 4: Assessment
- it will take approximately 2 weeks to provide feedback on the Checkpoint forms, following which you complete the Application Workbook
- assessment, notification and signing the Grant Offer Letter and Grant Funding Agreement will take up to 2 months
The Programme Guidance Note provides an overview of the IHRS and the Questions and Answers document is updated regularly:
This zip file contains the template checkpoint forms and application workbooks, example checkpoint forms and application workbooks, specific guidance, and templates of the Grant Offer Letter and Grant Funding Agreement that you will receive during the application process via our delivery partner.
Our delivery partner can provide further guidance and support you through the application process - see the Contact section below.
The programme is open to:
- companies in all industrial manufacturing sectors as set out in the Office of National Statistics (ONS) Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) codes 10 to 33
- data centres (SIC Code 63110), given their emerging significance and high impact potential
- third party companies, to apply as the main applicant, on behalf of sites operated by companies within the eligible SIC codes
If you have any questions about the programme, please get in touch with our delivery partner ICF:
Phone: 020 3096 3106
The minimum amount of funding available in each assessment window is detailed below. The minimum funding amounts in each assessment window will be reviewed following the deadline for applications to the August / September 2019 Assessment Window.
Programme funding allocation for Phase 1 assessment windows
|Assessment Window (AW)||AW5||AW6||AW7||AW8|
|Phase 1 funding allocation (million £)||3.3||0.5||tbc||tbc|
Programme funding allocation for Phase 2 assessment windows
|Assessment Window (AW)||AW4||AW5||AW6||AW7|
|Phase 2 funding allocation for detailed design (million £)||1.5||0.2||tbc||tbc|
|Phase 2 funding allocation for capital delivery (million £)||10.6||1.0||tbc||tbc|
|Phase Assessment Windows||Submission deadline for AW||AW timespan|
|Phase 2 AW 4||31 July 2019||August - September 2019|
|Phase 1 AW 5||31 July 2019||August - September 2019|
|Phase 2 AW 5||30 September 2019||October - November 2019|
|Phase 1 AW 6||30 September 2019||October - November 2019|
|Phase 2 AW 6||31 January 2020||February - March 2020|
|Phase 1 AW 7||31 January 2020||February - March 2020|
|Phase 2 AW 7||31 July 2020||August - September 2020|
|Phase 1 AW 8||31 July 2020||August - September 2020|
A record of successful applicants and the total grant funding committed in each assessment window is available:
View a video of the workshop.