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Deadline: 17 October 2017 17:00

ERC Starting Grants are designed to support excellent Principal Investigators at the career stage at which they are starting their own independent research team or programme. Applicant Principal Investigators must demonstrate the ground-breaking nature, ambition and feasibility of their scientific proposal. Starting Grants may be awarded up to a maximum of EUR 1 500 000 for a period of 5 years.

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Next closing date: 1 Dec 2017

The aim of these awards is to provide financial support for innovative and original research projects of high quality and potential, the choice of theme and the design of the research lying entirely with the applicant (the Principal Investigator). Research Project Grants may be held for up to five years. The maximum grant value is £500,000.

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Closing date for applications: 9 November 2017 at 4pm

Offering up to £55,000 over three to 24 months for experienced researchers to conduct a programme of research in any discipline.

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Closing date: 27 Nov 2017

EUREKA invites proposals for projects under its Eurogia2020 cluster. Funding supports multidisciplinary, innovative research and development projects on energy technologies that will reduce the carbon footprint of energy production, improve energy efficiency and that develop solar, wind, biomass or geothermal technologies.

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Closing date: 10 Nov 17

Eni invites applications for its energy transition prize. This recognises a researcher or group of scientists who obtained internationally significant research and development results in the field of innovative use of hydrocarbons and energy efficiency. This may include:

•carbon capture, storage and utilisation technologies;

•gas to hydrate conversion, gas to liquids and chemicals;

•new technologies to improve energy efficiency in the production and use of natural gas;

•new technologies for separation and conversion of hydrogen sulphide and for sulphur utilisation;

•bio-fuels and related production processes;

•fuels and chemicals from solar energy

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Closing date: 13 Oct 17

The Royal Society and the National Natural Science Foundation of China invite applications for the cost-share programme of their international exchanges scheme. This stimulates new collaborations within the natural sciences between scientists in the UK and China.

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Closing date:12 Oct 17

The Innovation and Networks Executive Agency invites proposals for its Connecting Europe Facility energy call. This enables projects of common interest to be prepared and implemented within the framework of the trans-European networks policy in the energy sector, namely in electricity and gas. In particular, this supports energy infrastructure projects of common interest that have significant societal benefits and that ensure greater solidarity among member states, but which do not receive adequate financing from the market.

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Outline proposal closing date: 16:00 on 15 June 2017

Full proposal closing date: mid-September 2017

The Natural Environment Research Council invites applications for its innovative monitoring approaches for infrastructure, oil and gas and offshore renewable energy call. Projects should tackle industry, policy, regulator or other relevant end-user defined challenges and opportunities within the infrastructure, oil & gas and offshore renewable energy sectors.

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The next round is expected to open to applications in January 2018

This scheme is for non-UK scientists who are at an early stage of their research career and wish to conduct research in the UK. The scheme provides the opportunity for the best early stage post-doctoral researchers from all over the world to work at UK research institutions for a period of two years.

The scheme covers the broad range of the natural and social sciences and the humanities. It also covers clinical and patient orientated research for applicants from Newton Fund partner countries.

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Closes, 23 Oct 2017, 12:00

InnoEnergy typically contributes €0.2 – €5 million to a project. InnoEnergy is the innovation engine for Europe’s energy industry. We invest in businesses and help develop innovative products, services, and solutions that have high commercial potential. We provide access to a deep pool of complementary skills and resources, and connect them to markets and commercial opportunities across Europe.

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Closes, 23 Oct 2017, 12:00

InnoEnergy typically contributes €0.2 – €5 million to a project. InnoEnergy is the innovation engine for Europe’s energy industry. We invest in businesses and help develop innovative products, services, and solutions that have high commercial potential. We provide access to a deep pool of complementary skills and resources, and connect them to markets and commercial opportunities across Europe.

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TOPIC ERA Chairs and TOPIC Twinning : deadline 15 Nov 2017 17:00

The ERA Chairs actions will support universities or research organisations with the objective of attracting and maintaining high quality human resources under the direction of an outstanding researcher and research manager (the “ERA Chair holder”) and in parallel implementing the structural changes necessary to achieve excellence on a sustainable basis.

The scientific field can be any domain of research and innovation addressed under the Treaty, however it needs to be closely connected with the activities of the ERA Chair holder and fully capitalise on his/her presence and expertise.

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For the next two rounds of the Strategic Equipment scheme, the Physical Sciences Theme is issuing an open invite for applicants to submit outline proposals aimed at promoting and supporting increased usage of existing items of equipment.

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Applications for fellowships at all levels are now open. There is a new framework which removes closing dates and eligibility requirements based on years of experience, and establishes a person specification against which applicants will be judged.

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Closing date: 12 October 2017 at 16:00

EPSRC are seeking Expressions of Interest for Prosperity Partnerships (Second call). Up to £20 million is available to support existing, strategic, research-based partnerships between businesses and universities. Example priority areas for strategic programmes: energy security and efficiency, reliable infrastructure, better solutions to acute threats.

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Application deadline: 19 September 2017, 16:00 UK time

Researcher Links Workshops bring together early-career researchers from the UK and a partner country to make international connections that can improve the quality of their research. Applications are made on a bi-lateral basis by senior researchers. Once funded, grants are available for early-career researchers in the UK and the country hosting the workshop to attend.

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Closing date: 28 September 2017 at 16:00

EPSRC and ETI are seeking expressions of interest to attend our joint event on knowledge exchange entitled "Knowledge - the key to a successful low carbon transition" at the University of Loughborough on 24 October 2017.

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The final work programme under the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 for the years 2018 -20 will be officially launched in October 2017. It will have EU funding of around €30 billion, making it the largest single integrated programme of publicly funded research and innovation during this period across the EU.

The first opportunity to hear the full details about the Near-Zero CO2 Emission (NZE) topics will be at the European Information Day in Brussels on 23rd October.  This event will also be broadcast online if you are unable to attend in person. More details

The following calls are of particular interest to the CCS and CCU community and are expected to open in Oct-Nov 2017:

  • LC-SC3-NZE-1-2018: Advanced capture technologies (RIA 20 m euro), deadline 6 Sep 2018
  • CE-SC3-NZE-2-2018: Conversion of captured CO2  (RIA 12 m euro), deadline 6 Sep 2018
  • LC-SC3-NZE-3-2018: Strategic planning for CCUS development, deadline 6 Sep 2018
  • The following calls are under the same area but focusing on cross-cutting issues:
  • LC-SC3-CC-1-2018-2019-2020: Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) aspects of the Clean-Energy Transition
  • LC-SC3-CC-2-2018: Modelling in support to the transition to a Low-Carbon Energy System in Europe
  • LC-SC3-CC-4-2018: Support to sectorial fora
  • LC-SC3-CC-5-2018: Research, innovation and educational capacities for energy transition
  • LC-SC3-CC-6-2018: Transition in coal intensive regions

The Climate Action call focuses on policy and will open in November 2017:

  • LC-CLA-01-2018: Supporting the development of climate policies to deliver on the Paris Agreement, through Integrated Assessment Models (IAMs) (RIA 25m Euro).

 

The purpose of this scheme is to encourage Scottish small to medium-sized companies to engage more effectively with European Funding, under Horizon 2020. The award will be paid to the university on submission of a completed final report, and university costs will be reimbursed by the Scottish Funding Council. The Value of Grant Requested should not be less than £1,000 or more than £5,000.

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These awards are specifically intended to encourage existing partnerships that have previously collaborated and jointly received funding. The grant award (for an individual project) is for up to £20,000. The company must match the value of the grant requested in cash. There are set deadlines throughout the year for applications:

  • 30 June 2017
  • 4 August 2017
  • 29 September 2017
  • 10 November 2017
  • 12 January 2018

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