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Funding and incentives

We can provide the financial support to make your project come alive.

Projects in Scotland thrive on funding, hard work and ambition. 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

Research and Development Grants (R&D) grants

Your business can benefit from Research and Development funding for innovation from Scotland's enterprise agencies, especially if it has invested in Scotland.

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

Or you might benefit from the R&D grant so you can fund the development of new products, processes and services, or improve existing ones. 


R&D tax credits

You can find out about R&D tax credits, which can benefit your company, with our help:

  • 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

Great other avenues to fund your business: venture capital, loans and equity funding

Looking for investment funding for your company? Interested in investing in high-growth Scottish companies? If so, Scottish Investment Bank (SIB) can help.

SIB helps small to medium size enterprises 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

£5m investment in Xilinx's 5G research in Edinburgh

03/04/2017

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Wayne Johnson and Roger Carson, co-founders of Encompass

From Australia to Scotland: how £1.7 million investment helped Encompass grow

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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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

Scotland is now. It's live. It's brimming with opportunity. And here for the taking. With offices all over the world, our knowledgeable staff can talk you through how your business can benefit from the country's many capabilities and the funding support that may be available to you.

SDI will help you identify premises and investment opportunities. And we'll also help you access funding to help create jobs, research and development and training programmes.

Why not contact us? Please tell us what you have in mind. A specialist from your region or sector will get back to you. Or you can call us.

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