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European Regional Development Fund

Low carbon R&D grants

SparkFund is now closed for new enquiries.

203 businesses have accessed a share of £10.8m to spark innovation and growth, with help from SparkFund.

We'd like to thank everyone who has supported the Programme over the last 6 years, including our voluntary Awards Panel.

If your business would like to find out how the University of Hull can provide support, please email


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Reduce costs and improve productivity whilst reducing your carbon footprint.

Today, more than ever, businesses are looking to increase efficiencies to reduce costs and improve productivity and profitability. With a SparkFund Low carbon grant driving these changes, businesses can begin to explore every area of their operations and across their supply chain.

Simple measures that include using less raw materials, fewer components or reducing your packaging are just some of the transformations the grant will help you implement.

Maybe you’ve always wanted to make your product smaller or lighter, or perhaps you’re looking for ways to incorporate recycled materials and capture the value in your waste. The opportunities to use less energy and meet your targets for lowering emissions can now be realised.

What is low carbon R&D?

Low Carbon R&D (research and development) can lead to new ideas or information that can be used to develop exciting new products, services or processes to drive your low carbon business ambitions.

This grant is focussed on supporting you to implement a business change which can lower the carbon footprint of your business, your customers or your market through a product or process.

Let's spark your idea into something powerful

If you’re a small or medium sized business and looking to invest in a greener future, you’re in the right place.

Our Low Carbon R&D grants help you to explore low carbon business opportunities by giving you access to the expertise of individuals and organisations across academia and industry.

You could achieve real impact through connecting with our Innovation Managers– helping you to shape your low carbon business idea, complete funding applications and access expert and specialist knowledge to deliver your ambition.

What’s more when you invest we could match it with up to £100k of support, making a substantial difference to your low carbon project.

Exciting research idea?

Talk to us today. Don't miss out, the deadline to apply is fast approaching.

Am I eligible?

SparkFund can help small or medium size enterprises (SME) currently based, or planning to relocate, in the Humber or York and North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Areas.

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