Industrial Heat Recovery Support programme: how to apply

How to apply for the Industrial Heat Recovery Support (IHRS) programme.

Latest updates

Next deadline for applications

The next deadline to submit applications is 31 July 2020. Go to the How to apply section to submit an application or ask us questions.

Case studies published

IHRS success captured in case studies.

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. The programme runs until March 2022.

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, or if you have any questions, contact the IHRS delivery partner, ICF:

ICF will guide you through the application process and provide the appropriate documents for you to complete.

Application registration: form (MS Excel Spreadsheet, 263KB)

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):

  1. Application registration

  2. Submit Checkpoint form

  3. Submit Application Workbook

  4. Assessment

Please note:

  • it takes 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 takes up to 2 months

The Programme Guidance Note provides an overview of the IHRS and the Questions and Answers document is updated regularly:

Industrial Heat Recovery Support (IHRS) programme: guidance note (PDF, 994KB, 42 pages)
Questions / answers about the programme (PDF, 408KB, 17 pages)

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.

IHRS guidance resources (ZIP, 7.69MB)

Our delivery partner can provide further guidance and support you through the application process - see the Contact section below.

Programme scope

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

Funding available

There is still a maximum amount of approximately £15 million of unallocated funding to be allotted to the final 2 assessment windows. The funding amount will be reviewed following the February / March Assessment Window.

Application deadlines

Phase Assessment Windows Submission deadline for AW AW timespan
Phase 2 AW 7 31 July 2020 August - September 2020
Phase 1 AW 8 31 July 2020 August - September 2020

Successful applicants

This document provides:

  • a record of successful applicants
  • their sectors, regions and heat recovery technologies
  • the grant funding committed in each assessment window:

IHRS successful applications (PDF, 474KB, 8 pages)

Case studies

IHRS events

View a video of the workshop.

Published 20 July 2018
Last updated 23 June 2020 + show all updates
  1. IHRS guidance and questions/answers documents updated.

  2. Application registration form updated.

  3. Case studies of established projects added.

  4. Next closing date for submission of applications updated to 31 July 2020.

  5. Successful applications for October-November windows added.

  6. List of successful applicants updated.

  7. Programme funding allocations and list of successful applications updated.

  8. IHRS programme extended by a year to March 2022; 2 new assessment windows added; third parties can now apply as main applicants on behalf of sites operated by companies within the eligible SIC codes

  9. Latest successful applications added.

  10. Guidance note and timetable updated.

  11. First published.