Funding Information & Support Service (FISS)

Scottish Enterprise's Funding Information & Support Service (FISS) helps companies apply for competitive innovation funding from outside Scotland.

FISS helps Scottish companies identify and win competitive innovation funding from non-Scottish public sector funders like Innovate UK and the European Commission. This involves initial scoping to help companies determine whether their project is a fit for funding, guidance on writing a good proposal, proposal reviews and pitch preparation.

Am I eligible?

FISS support is for Scottish companies with market-oriented innovation projects. They help firms secure competitive Research & Development funding for new products or services that will be commercialised with project costs above £50,000.

Contact FISS if you:

  • are doing research and development (R&D) on projects with a commercial endpoint
  • are looking to advance technological innovation for the UK industry or sector you work in
  • own, or have the rights to exploit, the intellectual property required to undertake the project
  • can demonstrate how commercial prospects for the product or process will be achieved
  • can demonstrate realistic and effective routes to market
  • have the necessary management and technical expertise and resources to make the project a success
  • can show that both the project and the business are financially viable
  • are confident you will be able to match-fund at least 30% of project costs

What does this cost?

FISS support is free for Scottish companies. Companies receiving support from FISS must be willing to share their final proposal draft and results with the FISS team for internal learning purposes.

Who is this for?

FISS support is available to Scottish companies in the Scottish Enterprise and South of Scotland Enterprise regions.

How long does this take?

FISS usually starts working with companies at least six weeks in advance of a funding competition deadline.

If you think FISS can help you get in touch -

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Horizon Scanning

We aim to help make sense of the complicated funding landscape and find the right funding route for your innovation project.

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Application guidance and review support

We can guide you through the application process and provide you with advice and critical feedback on draft applications*

*Minimum of 2 weeks ahead of specified deadline.
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