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Boosting Access for SMEs to Energy Efficiency (BASEE) Competition

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This competition will fund the development of new business models that encourage take up of energy efficiency projects by small and medium businesses (SMEs) in the UK.

Fund Information

Funding body:

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

Maximum value:

£ 1,000,000

Application deadline:



This competition is provided by the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Objectives of Fund

The Boosting Access for SMEs to Energy Efficiency (BASEE) Competition aims to reduce the UK’s carbon emissions and the cost of decarbonisation by accelerating the commercialisation of innovative clean energy technologies and processes into the mid-2020s.

The programme provides funding for innovative solutions that reduce transaction costs and encourage the take-up of energy efficiency by SMEs. Projects are envisaged to fall broadly into three categories:

  1. Business models that look to simplify and standardise elements of the investment.

  2. A new technical tool/solution, such as a platform which provides a standardised method of assessing and displaying potential savings from a portfolio of buildings, or to match potential businesses that wants to install energy efficiency with technology providers.

  3. Other innovative solutions to facilitate investment in energy efficiency for SMEs.

The competition will be run as a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) and will be split into two phases: Phase 1 (feasibility studies) and Phase 2 (piloting of solutions).

BEIS will deliver the BASEE Competition as a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition: a form of pre-commercial procurement (PCP) which is aimed at organisations working on research and development (R&D) of an innovative process, material, device, product or service prior to commercialisation.

Value Notes

The total value of the competition is £6 million, although BEIS may allocate less than the total budget depending on the quality of the applications.

The competition will be in two phases with up to £100,000 per project available in Phase 1 for up to 10 projects where projects will undertake feasibility studies; and up to £1 million per project available for piloting of up to five Phase 1 projects that successfully progress to Phase 2.

Who Can Apply

SBRI competitions are open to all UK organisations that can demonstrate a route to market for their solution.


United Kingdom.

Eligible Expenditure

Funding is available for pre-commercial R&D activities only. Projects requesting funding for commercialisation activities are not eligible.

Directly incurred costs:

These are costs that are specific to the project that will be charged to the project as the amount actually spent, fully supported by an audit record justification of a claim. They comprise:

  • Labour costs for all those contributing to the project broken down by individual

  • Material costs (including consumables specific to the project)

  • Capital equipment costs

  • Sub-contract costs

  • Travel and subsistence

Indirect costs:

Indirect costs should be charged in proportion to the amount of effort deployed on the project. Applicants should calculate them, using their own cost rates. They may include:

  • General office and basic laboratory consumables

  • Library services / learning resources

  • Typing / secretarial

  • Finance, personnel, public relations and departmental services

  • Central and distributed computing

  • Overheads

Employee Notes


How To Apply

The closing date for Expressions of Interest (EoIs) is 24 April 2019 and the deadline for submitting bids is 8 May 2019.

Further advice can be sought directly from the funding provider.

Useful documents & links

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Addresses and contacts

For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:

  1. Enquiries 
    Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) 
    1 Victoria Street 
    SW1H 0ET 
    Email: [email protected]

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