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The Equipment Replacement Programme (ERP) provides financial support towards the replacement of old inefficient equipment with the most efficient new options now available.

Started in 2016, the programme has supported over 200 projects across 30 departments, which together are estimated to have reduced the University's electricity demand by well over 1,000,000 kWh per year and carbon footprint by over 250 tonnes CO2e per year.

To build on this success, the ERP has been refreshed for 2023. Grants are available towards the replacement of Ultra Low Temperature (ULT) freezers and drying cabinets. Other types of common plug-in lab equipment will be added to the ERP in due course.

The Equipment Replacement Programme is now CLOSED to new applications. It is due to re-open in Michaelmas term 2023/24.

Funding support for 2023

Form of Support

ULT Freezers

10 years or more in age.

Drying Cabinets


One New for One Old

Upto £4,000

Subject to departmental weighting.

100% of the unit cost of a new eligible energy efficient drying cabinet.

Including VAT if applicable.

One New for Two Old

Upto £6,000

The first £4,000 is subject to departmental weighting.



Guides and Forms 2023

Please read the relevant guide (containing full terms and conditions) below before completing the application form:

Guide - Ultra low temperature (ULT) freezers

Guide - Drying Cabinets

Application Form

Claim Form


Departmental Weighting (on ULT freezers funding offers only)

A departmental weighting mechanism will be applied to the replacement offer amount based on how much funding your department has received from the Equipment Replacement Programme to date:

Total funding received by department to date
Funding offered for a 
One New for One Old project
Funding offered for a 
One New for Two Old project
Upto £25,000 £4,000 £6,000
£25,000 - £50,000 £3,000 £5,000
Over £50,000 £2,000 £4,000


Funding towards larger and more bespoke energy and carbon saving projects can be applied for through the University’s Carbon Reduction Fund.

If you wish to discuss your project further with a member of the Environmental Sustainability Team, please email with 'ERP Enquiry - ' in the subject line.