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Funding and incentives

If you're looking for financial support for your project, we can help.

You may be eligible for grants to support capital or salary costs in certain areas of the country, or R&D grants that cover a percentage of development costs.

And our investment arm, the Scottish Investment Bank (SIB), helps SMEs attract growth capital, often by co-investing with private investors.

In fact, the financial support that we offer is just one of the reasons why 73% of investors consider us an important reason for their continued presence in Scotland.

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Investment for jobs

Will your project create or safeguard jobs in Scotland?

If so, you may be eligible for Regional Selective Assistance (RSA).

You can apply for RSA if you have a base in Scotland and your project will help ensure that our economy remains globally competitive.

The amount offered depends on the:

  • Size of your business
  • Location of the project
  • Amount needed for the project to go ahead
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R&D funding in Scotland

R&D grants

Scotland's enterprise agencies can provide innovation and R&D funding to companies that have invested in Scotland.

This might include the SMART: SCOTLAND grant, which provides funding for feasibility studies and R&D projects that have a commercial endpoint.

Or you might benefit from the R&D grant, which provides funding to develop new products, processes and services, or improve existing ones. 


R&D tax credits

We can help you find out about R&D tax credits, which can help your company:

  • Create new, competitive products, services and processes
  • Find and access new markets
  • Provide high-quality skilled jobs

Got a great patented idea that you're eager to turn into a successful business?

If you commercialise your patent in Scotland or develop a new patent here, you can benefit from the Patent Box scheme. This means paying as little as 10% Corporation Tax on any profits from commercialising those patents. 

Attract investment

Consider your options in venture capital, loans and equity funding

If you're looking for investment funding for your company, or are interested in investing in high-growth Scottish companies, SIB can help.

SIB helps SMEs access finance and can co-invest alongside private partners.

We can also help connect you with Scotland's globally-recognised business angel community, including the national angel association, LINC Scotland.

Global companies that we have funded

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The First Minister meeting Xilinx

Xilinx invests nearly £5 million in its Edinburgh research centre

03/04/2017

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Wayne Johnson and Roger Carson, co-founders of Encompass

From Sydney to Glasgow: new investments help Encompass to accelerate expansion

04/10/2017

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Computershare announce Edinburgh expansion

Why Edinburgh is the right choice for Computershare

27/06/2017

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Cows in a field

Why Farmflo opened a software research centre in Scotland

05/10/2016

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Managing director of Asystec, Les Byrne

Asystec establishes a big data centre of excellence in Scotland

01/08/2016

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International operations director - Neil Francis

With 42 offices in 20 countries, our knowledgeable staff can talk you through Scotland’s capabilities and the funding support that may be available to you.

SDI will help you with identifying premises and investment opportunities and access funding for employment creation, R&D and training programmes.

Tell us a bit about your business and a specialist from your region or sector will get back to you.

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