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Closing date: 6 Sep 2018

CSA (100%) 3m euro. Establishing the necessary infrastructure for safe and cost-effective CO2 transport and storage is of high importance in Europe. Early CCS projects will most likely explore CO2 storage sinks in the vicinity of capture points, and the required infrastructure will therefore most likely be initiated at national level in CO2 hubs and industrial clusters in order to achieve economies of scale by sharing CO2 transport and storage infrastructure. A cross border transport infrastructure is ultimately necessary to efficiently connect the CO2 hubs and industrial clusters to sinks.

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Closing date: 6 Sep 2018

RIA (100%) 12 m euro. Conversion of captured CO2, for example using hydrogen made from renewable energy, to produce fuels is not only a means to replace fossil fuels, but also a promising solution for seasonal energy storage. There are still relevant and significant scientific and technological challenges to be able to exploit the CO2 as a chemical and fuel feedstock in a systematic manner, the main challenge being that the chemical utilisation of CO2 is limited by its low energy content, and the conversion process is highly energy intensive.

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Closing date: 6 Sep 2018

RIA (100%) 20m euro. Commercial deployment of CCS requires a significant reduction of the energy intensity of the CO2 capture process for power plants or other energy-intensive industries, and a substantial decrease of the cost of capture. A continuous effort is needed to develop and demonstrate new and advanced capture technologies, including new materials.

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Deadline for outline proposals: 1 May 2018

This call is the pilot phase of a new EPSRC funding initiative which aims to provide opportunities for leading UK research groups to work in partnership with the best international researchers.

Up to £15 million is available for this call, and we aim to support 10-15 research consortia. To be eligible, applicant teams must hold at least one strategic grant from EPSRC or a portfolio of EPSRC grants of at least £3 million, in each case with grant end dates after 1 May 2018. Full details of the eligibility requirements are given in the Eligibility section in the call document. Please also note that UK applicants may only be named as Investigator (either Principal or Co-Investigator) on one proposal to this call.

In this pilot phase we will consider proposals to collaborate with academic partners based in any country outside the UK.

This call will operate through a two-stage assessment process.

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Closing date: 30 Apr 2018

The International Energy Research Centre invites applications for its Career-Fit – career development fellowships. These enable postdoctoral researchers to gain experience in translating research into practice. The Centre’s priority areas are:

- smart cities and sustainable communities;
- low carbon heating and cooling;
- monitoring, measurement and analysis of energy;
- embedded and distributed generation systems.

Researchers of any nationality who hold a doctoral degree or have at least four years of full-time equivalent research experience may apply. Applicants must not have been in Ireland for more than 12 months in the three years prior to recruitment.

A salary and a family allowance are available over a period of three years. Fellowships should be taken from 30 October 2018 to 30 September 2021."

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Closing date: 30 Apr 2018

The US Department of Energy, via the National Energy Technology Laboratory, invites applications for its call on novel and enabling carbon capture transformational technologies. This supports projects that research, develop, and validate carbon dioxide capture transformational materials, processes, and promotes the development of technologies at bench scale for pulverised coal or natural gas fired power plants that contribute to reductions in current CO2 capture cost and energy penalties, in support of DOE’s carbon capture programme goal. US citizens and entities, and non-US for-profit or other entities may apply. Approximately 14 awards worth up to USD 3 million each are available to cover a period of two to three years. The total budget is worth USD 26m.

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28 February 2018 12:00pm

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £19 million to deliver game changing or disruptive innovations with significant potential for impact on the UK economy. This competition is open to the best business-led cutting-edge or disruptive ideas or concepts with a view to commercialisation. These can come from any technology (including arts, design, media or creative industries) and apply to any part of the economy. Total eligible project costs must be within the range £25,000 to £1,000,000. Projects may last between 6 and 36 months.

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Closing date: 28 Feb 2018

The US Department of Energy, under the National Energy Technology Laboratory, invites applications for its call on carbon storage assurance facility enterprise – storage complex feasibility. This aims to determine feasibility for a commercial-scale CO2 geological storage complex and demonstrate that the storage sites within the complex has the potential to store CO2 emissions safely, permanently and economically. Projects will provide research and development to begin the characterisation and permitting of a 50+ million metric tons of CO2 geologic storage complex with at least one storage site. The call focuses specifically on phase II of the carbonSAFE effort, storage complex feasibility, in which applicants must provide evidence that the pre-feasibility evaluation and initial characterisation of a storage complex have been completed, and that the storage complex has a high potential for commercial storage. There is no pre-determined maximum amount for an individual award; however, it is anticipated that the DOE share of each individual award will average USD 9 million. Applicants are required to provide a minimum of 20 per cent of the total project cost. DOE anticipates making up to six awards depending on the size of the awards, with an estimated project period of two years.

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To open: 14 Nov 2018
First step: 19 Feb 2019
Second step: 4 Sept 2019

RIA (100%) 22m Euro. Most low-carbon pathways leading to well below 2°C (or 1.5°C) stabilisation of the global temperature – in line with the Paris Agreement goals – include negative emissions to compensate for residual emissions and/or temperature overshoot and highlight the critical role of land-use based mitigation. There is therefore a need to quantitatively assess the potential, effectiveness and impacts of negative emission technologies/practices and of land-use mitigation options, in achieving the long-term goals of the Paris Agreement, as well as linking these to what it would mean for concrete policy challenges.

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Opening date: 7 Nov-2017
First step: 27 Feb 2018
Second step: 4 Sep 2018

RIA (100%) 25m Euro. 6-8 million per projects, so 3 to 4 projects will be funded. Under the Paris Agreement (PA), Parties of the UNFCCC have to submit and periodically update Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), which represent their undertaking to pursue the objectives the Agreement. Parties have also committed to formulate and communicate their mid-century low greenhouse gas emission development strategies by 2020. The collective progress towards achieving the objectives of the PA will be periodically assessed, with the first ‘global stocktake’ envisaged to take place in 2023. These critical processes for global climate action must be underpinned by authoritative scientific results at national, regional and global level and supported by knowledge co-created through adequate frameworks that enhance legitimacy, inclusion, effectiveness and sustainability. Science should provide the necessary tools and knowledge-base in order to support the above mentioned processes, and contribute to the high impact and quality of the major emitters’ submissions.

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Closing date: 14 Feb 18

The Scottish Government’s Scottish Enterprise invites applications for its high-growth spinout programme. This supports the commercialisation of leading-edge technologies emerging from Scotland's universities, research institutes and NHS Boards. It helps researchers to export their ideas and inventions from the lab to the global marketplace. Proposals should address one of the following key market sectors: aerospace, defence and marine; chemical science; construction; creative technologies; energy including oil and gas, thermal generation, carbon capture and storage, renewables and low carbon technology; financial services; food and drink; life sciences including diagnostics, medical devices, med-tech, other, platforms and therapeutics; manufacturing; technology and engineering; textiles; tourism; and other emerging technologies. Award amount max £750,000

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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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