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Closing date: 31 August 2017

The Energy Technology Partnership (ETP) has six studentships available as part of its Energy Industry Doctorate Programme 2017, to start before the end of March 2018. ETP will fund up to £30k towards the cost of each studentship, with the remaining costs split between the host universities and the industrial sponsors.
These studentships will be awarded across all ETP thematic areas, including CCS, but specifically for collaborative research activity relevant to realising the technologies, systems and services implied in the Scottish Government’s Energy Strategy.
Each project needs an industrial partner, which does not have to be Scottish or an SME. PhD students of any nationality are welcome.

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Deadline: 1 September 2017

Offering up to £500,000 over five years for research on a topic of the applicant’s choice. Grants cover salary and research costs directly associated with the project. Submit a first-stage outline application at any time.

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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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Individual fellowships (MSCA IF 2017)

Deadline: 14 September 2017

These fellowships support the mobility of researchers within and beyond Europe as well as helping to attract the best foreign researchers to work in the EU. The grant usually covers two years' salary, a mobility allowance, research costs and overheads for the host institution.

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Co-funding of regional, national and international programmes (MSCA COFUND 2017)    

Deadline: 28 September 2017

The COFUND scheme aims to stimulate regional, national or international programmes. This is a programme of co-funding for new or existing regional, national, and international programmes to open up to, and provide for, international, intersectoral and interdisciplinary research training, as well as transnational and cross-sectoral mobility of researchers at all stages of their career.

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Deadlines: 31 August 2017

The ERC Advanced Grant is for established, leading principal investigators, who want long-term funding to pursue a groundbreaking, high-risk project.  Advanced Grants may be awarded up to € 2.5 million for a period of 5 years (pro rata for projects of shorter duration). However, an additional € 1 million can be made available to cover eligible “start-up” costs for researchers moving to the EU or an associated country and/or the purchase of major equipment and/or access to large facilities. An ERC grant can cover up to 100% of the total eligible direct costs of the research plus a contribution of 25% of the total eligible costs towards indirect costs.

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Call closes on Wednesday 13 September 2017 at 16:00

IPS Awards provide the opportunity for funding to academic partners and to industrial organisations. It provides a maximum project value of £150,000 per annum, over a period not exceeding three years (therefore a maximum of £450,000). Mini-IPS provides the facility to make an application for a small project, up to £150,000 over a period not exceeding 12 months, at any time, and receive a decision within a short period of time.

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Deadline: 30 Aug 2017, 12:00 

One topic includes: Engaging Industry - Champions for Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in Industrial Sectors - a single stage. There is already experience with RRI issues in industry, for example in connection with Nanoscience and Nanotechnologies. Now that other domains are drawing public attention (e.g. synthetic biology, geo-engineering), the challenge is to take stock, drawing also on existing analyses, and to progress further in integrating RRI in industrial contexts.   

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Planned opening 11 May 2017. Deadline: 07 Sep 2017, 17:00 (Brussels time)

Proposals should  aim at moving technologies that reached already TRL 5-6 to TRL 6-7 through industrial demonstration projects in line with  EII implementation plans. Projects should target the most promising advanced liquid biofuel production pathways incorporating new or improved biochemical/thermochemical/chemical conversion together with upgrading technologies and valorisation of co-products that improve the economic viability of the fuel production. Proposals for 2017 should address one of the following: Biofuels from the carbon content in flue gases of industrial wastes through biochemical and/or biological conversion; Biofuels from aquatic biomass; Liquid biofuels from wastes and residues (forest, agricultural, the organic fraction of municipal and industrial wastes).

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Planned opening 11 May 2017. Deadline: 07 Sep 2017, 17:00 (Brussels time)

Geothermal resources at medium-high temperature can produce electricity, heat or both at competitive cost. Enhanced geothermal systems (EGS) offer the opportunity to produce geothermal energy throughout Europe, including in locations where natural reservoirs are not available. In order to increase the number of geothermal installations, enhanced geothermal systems (EGS) have to be demonstrated as cost-competitive, and innovative solutions are needed to allow for applications in geologic systems with different characteristics and of different origin.

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Closing date: Registration deadline midday 15 February. Application closes midday 22 February 2017

Innovate UK is investing up to £1.6 million for projects that use cutting-edge solutions to enhance healthcare, clean technology and infrastructure in India.  The aim of this competition is to encourage innovative partnerships between the UK and India. Innovate UK and the Indian government are funding this competition, administered by the Newton Fund.

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Deadline: ongoing

Erasmus+ is the EU's programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe. Its budget of €14.7 billion will provide opportunities for over 4 million Europeans to study, train to gain experience and volunteer abroad.

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Deadline: apply any time

Zero Waste Scotland is investing European Regional Development Funds to help SME businesses in Scotland become resource efficient and create a more circular economy. Sectors of interest include the bioeconomy (food & drink) and energy infrastructure (oil & gas decommissioning, renewables, transmission).

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Deadline: submission of the LOI 3 months prior to the Standard Grant full proposal closing date to which the applicants plan to submit

Funding available from NERC and International funding bodies in the USA ($500k), Brazil, Luxembourg. Check individual call details.

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This scheme is aimed at helping Scottish based SMEs explore opportunities and activities, with the assistance of a Scottish Higher Education Institute, approximately six months prior to submitting applications for particular schemes or calls under Horizon 2020 European Funding.

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This fund supports talented researchers who have successfully launched a university career but who need to build a research team to address a distinct research problem. Between £800,000 and £1 million is available over four to five years for staff salaries and associated research costs. Each institution is limited to one bid only. Universities select and provide details of their chosen candidate. Access will then be granted to the Trust’s online Grant Application System.

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Energy Catalyst

Round 4 opened on 1 April 2016 with DFID & EPSRC funding only – Energy Trilemma scope as previously, but likely to also require "relevance to needs of developing countries".

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The fairs are taking place as part of the Study in Europe project, contracted by the European Commission, Directorate General for Education and Culture for the European Union. The project is being implemented by a consortium involving Academic Cooperation Association, Archimedes Foundation, British Council, Campus France, DAAD and EP-Nuffic.

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A number of grant opportunities, including Early Career Fellowships, visiting Professorships etc.

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Opportunity for early to mid-career academics to undertake a collaborative research project in an industrial environment. The scheme aims to strengthen the strategic relationship between the university and the industry host by providing an opportunity to establish or enhance collaborative research between the two parties. The secondment will facilitate knowledge transfer between industry and academia and will enable the awardee to gain first-hand experience of working in an industrial environment and knowledge of current industry practices, thereby enabling the secondee to improve the quality and industrial relevance of their teaching. The scheme is open to engineers from all disciplines and provides funding to cover the salary cost of the applicant, paid pro-rata against the amount of time to be spent at the industry host. Awards can be held up to six months full-time or part time up to 12 months. The Academy will contribute up to a maximum of £30,000 towards the salary costs (excluding overheads) of the applicant paid pro-rata against the amount of time to be spent at the industry host.

Call opens March 2016, Deadline:  TBC

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