Funding provides opportunities for food and drink manufacturers to address both contemporary and future business challenges through the development of innovative solutions.

Funding bodies in the UK including Innovate UK, the KTN, and the research councils (such as BBSRC and the EPSRC), run several calls throughout the year which are in line with the UK’s Industrial Strategy. The FDF maintains close ties to these organisations and seeks to provide an understanding of what funding is available to its members.

The FDF has also established connections with researchers within academic institutions and businesses, which provide innovative solutions to various business challenges. The FDF can connect you with the right people to drive innovation through suggesting funding routes and collaboration partners for project consortia. Project support is also available to our members when funding applications are submitted.

Information on industry developments, funding and supported projects are updated on our site regularly. 

Updates & milestones

Industrial Energy Transformation Fund (IETF) launches new £60 million Phase 2 competition window

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has launched the Phase 2: Spring 2022 competition window of the Industrial Energy Transformation Fund (IETF). Phase 2 is worth around £220 million in funding between Autumn 2021 and 2025.

Businesses in England, Wales and Northern Ireland can now bid for a share of up to £60 million in grant funding through the Phase 2: Spring 2022 competition window. To view the applicant guidance and make an application for funding, please visit our competition page.

The competition will open for applications on Monday 31 January and will run until Friday 29 April 2022. The competition will provide grant funding towards the costs of:

  • Studies - feasibility and engineering studies to investigate identified energy efficiency and decarbonisation projects prior to an investment decision.
  • Energy Efficiency projects - deployment of technologies to reduce industrial energy consumption.
  • Deep Decarbonisation projects - deployment of technologies to achieve industrial emissions savings.

Case studies of Phase 1 competition winners can be found here.  

If you have any questions about the Phase 2: Spring 2022 competition or would like to discuss a potential application, please contact We have also published answers to Frequently Asked Questions

The competition is open to the following sectors, organisations and professionals including:

  • Manufacturing
  • Data centres
  • Mining and quarrying companies
  • Recovery and recycling of materials companies.

IETF Phase 2: Spring 2022 stakeholder event

We invite you to join our online IETF Phase 2: Spring 2022 webinar on Tuesday 1 February. It will be an opportunity to:

  • Hear about the scope of the competitions
  • Hear from industrial site owners who were funded in Phase 1
  • Learn about eligibility criteria
  • Learn how to make an application for funding
  • Network online and develop partnerships for the competitions
  • Speak with BEIS online for one-to-one discussions about the competitions.

To register for the webinar, please visit our registration site.

The event will be recorded and will be available to stakeholders to view at any time via a playback system.

To help potential applicants to find suitable partners, the IETF networking platform has been launched. To register and book meetings, please visit BEIS officials will also offer one-to-one confidential discussions via the networking platform on the day of the briefing event.

BEIS will offer fortnightly stakeholder clinics throughout the window. Further details will be shared in due course. Applicants can also view videos from past winners and suppliers of eligible technologies on our Virtual Technology Marketplace. To register for the Technology Marketplace, please visit our registration site,

Details on other funding opportunities can be found here


BEIS Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator Phase 3

The BEIS Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator Phase 3 is currently open for applications for demonstration projects using novel process technologies with the potential to reduce energy consumption, maximise resource efficiency and cut carbon emissions. 

The IEEA supports partnerships between developers of efficient technologies and industrial companies willing to trial innovations on-site. To date the IEEA has supported 16 demonstrator projects with grants to the tune of £8m, over half of which are now ready to commercialise for full-scale roll-out. 

A further £8 million is now available in two phases to support projects from all UK industry sectors that can demonstrate either a novel technology (targeting Technology Readiness Level 5-8), or the use of an established technology in a novel way.

The application window for Phase 3 is open until 31 January 2022, with a Phase 4 window open from late Spring 2022.

If you have a novel technology designed to improve energy or resource efficiency of industrial processes, or are an industrial site willing to host a demonstration project we’d love to here from you. Please visit the IEEA website ( for all of the eligibility details and information on how to apply, or contact for further information.

West Midlands Low Carbon and Circular Economy Fund

Sustainability is the major innovation challenge of our time; providing both an opportunity and the challenge for business growth over the coming decades. As the lead for the West Midlands Local Industrial Strategy Delivery Plan for Food and Drink Manufacturing and for Low Carbon, GBSLEP wants to support businesses across the West Midlands in driving forward sustainable innovation.
The West Midlands Low Carbon and Circular Economy Innovation Fund is targeted at food and drink manufacturers and low carbon businesses; to provide businesses and innovators with the opportunity to test their sustainable approach or product on the market and create pathways to investment.
For more information on how to apply, click here.

BEIS Industrial Energy Accerlerator

Phase 3 of the Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator (IEEA) programme will provide around £8 million in funding for the development and demonstration of technologies that could:

  • reduce energy consumption
  • maximise resource efficiency
  • cut carbon emissions

How to register your interest

This competition will be run by the Carbon Trust, who will act as the delivery partner on behalf of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

To register your interest:

BEIS: Industrial Energy Transformation Fund (IETF) Phase 2

Closes: 6 December 2021

The Industrial Energy Transformation Fund (IETF) supports the development and deployment of technologies that enable businesses with high energy use to transition to a low carbon future.

IETF Phase 2: Autumn 2021 provides up to £60 million of grant funding for the following project types:

  • studies - feasibility and engineering studies to enable companies to investigate identified energy efficiency and decarbonisation projects prior to making an investment decision.
  • energy efficiency - deployment of technologies to reduce industrial energy consumption.
  • deep decarbonisation - deployment of technologies to achieve industrial emissions savings

BEIS is delivering this phase of the competition for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

For information on eligibility and how to apply, click here.


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