Low Carbon Solent

What is Low Carbon Solent?

Low Carbon Solent is an SME support project. It combines the knowledge and expertise of the University of Portsmouth - lead partner, the University of Winchester and the cleantech cluster, Greentech South. Through this project, SMEs can access innovation grants, postgraduate student projects, and innovation support and networking events.

Why do we need this project?

Human emissions of greenhouse gases have increased global temperatures by around 1℃ since pre-industrial times.

This has led to a changes in our climate with a range of potential ecological, physical and health impacts.

IPCC in 2018 released a report highlighting the need that global warming does not exceed 1.5℃.

Opportunities for SMEs

Through this project SMES can access:

  • Innovation Grants and Business Support  
  • Access to Postgraduate Student Projects 
  • Innovation and networking events and engagement with local institutions 

Grants are available at up to 36% of total eligible costs and are paid once the work is done and paid for.

Match funding is key! Loans, investments, personal savings, company reserves and other UK grants can be used. However, please note your time can't be included as match funding.

The diagram below shows the ERDF grant funding process:


If you meet the above criteria and are interested in receiving support through Low Carbon Solent, please complete the Expression of Interest Form and we'll get in touch. 

As lead partner of Low Carbon Solent and host to Greentech South, the University of Portsmouth is registered with the Information Commissioner's Office under registration number Z7027819.  The University complies at all times with all applicable data protection legislation, including the GDPR.

Information on the University's position in relation to data protection generally, including the GDPR, can be accessed by the link below:


We ensure that all contracts that we enter into with partners include appropriate clauses which reflect the nature of the data processing relationship.