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The Research Fund for Coal and Steel invites proposals for its call under its research programme. This supports research projects, pilot and demonstration projects and accompanying measures in the coal and steel sectors. Projects relating to coal may address the development of a power sector based largely on renewable energy, reinforcing current initiatives on cross-cutting climate and environment issues, the regions and sectors that are most affected by the transition, and protecting the citizens and workers most vulnerable to the transition. Projects relating to steel may address new and improved steel making and finishing techniques, research and technological development and the utilisation of steel, conservation of resources and improvement of working conditions. In addition, there is a specific focus on the decarbonisation and modernisation of the steel industry, and clean steel breakthrough technologies leading to a zero-carbon steel making process by 2030. Proposals should fall within one of the following topics:

  • RFCS-2021 coal accompanying measures;
  • RFCS-2021 coal pilot and demonstration projects;
  • RFCS-2021 coal research projects;
  • RFCS-2021 steel accompanying measures;
  • RFCS-2021 steel pilot and demonstration projects;
  • RFCS-2021 steel research projects.

Any undertaking, public body, research organisation or higher and secondary education establishment, or other legal entity, including natural persons, established within the territory of an EU member state may apply. Legal entities based anywhere in the world may participate in projects without receiving funding.

Consortia for pilot and demonstration projects, as well as accompanying measures, must consist of a minimum of two independent legal entities established in at least two different EU member states. Consortia for research projects must consist of a minimum of three independent legal entities established in at least two different EU member states.

The total budget is worth €40 million. Grants last for between 18 and 42 months.

Closing date: 22nd Sep 2021

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Nordic Energy Research invites proposals for its joint Baltic-Nordic energy research programme. This supports projects that strengthen the common Baltic-Nordic knowledge on future challenges and developments and that promote energy research in the Baltic and Nordic countries. The thematic scope of the call is limited to one or more of the four key areas of interest:

  • decarbonisation of the transport sector;
  • energy efficiency in buildings and industry;
  • energy system analysis;
  • challenges and opportunities for regional electricity grids.

Projects may be within the technical or natural sciences and social science-based research on energy. Projects should aim to address research questions from a Baltic-Nordic perspective and focus on regional perspectives or solve questions that will result in added Baltic-Nordic knowledge.

Consortia partners based in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and the autonomous areas of Greenland, the Faroe Islands and the Åland Islands, as well as in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, may apply. Partners outside the Nordic and Baltic countries may participate but are not eligible for funding. Applicants must be based at HEIs, other research institutions, public or private enterprises or other organisations with a strong research focus. It is encouraged to include partners from industry and non-governmental partners, however these must not lead the project. The project manager must be an established senior researcher at the host institution.

The total budget is worth NOK 5.25 million and aims to support three projects, each worth up to NOK 1.75m over up to two years.

Closing date: 22nd Sep 2021

Link: https://funding.nordforsk.org/portal/#call/2345/details

The objective of the £20 million CCUS Innovation 2.0 programme is to support, through grant funding, innovation projects that either significantly reduce the cost of Carbon Capture Usage and Storage (CCUS) or help UK industry to understand the opportunity for deploying next generation carbon capture technology on industrial, waste, or power generation sites for 2030.

£19.5 million in grant funding will be available for projects developing novel CCUS technology and processes that reduce the cost of deployment.

Closing Date:  Deadline for submitting lot 2 applications changed to 26 September 2021.

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/ccus-innovation-20-competition?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_source=419ac117-0743-48c8-aec5-a0f2918bef86&utm_content=immediately

UK registered SME’s can apply for a share of up to £1.5 million for small scale R&D projects. This funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

The Transforming Foundation Industries (TFI) Challenge fund will work with Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, to invest up to £1.5 million in innovation projects. This funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF).Projects must address the resource productivity or energy performance opportunities of the sector and its supply chains.

The aim of this competition is to improve the competitiveness of our Foundation Industry sector by helping it to become more environmentally sustainable.

Your proposal must focus on the development of new:

  • markets
  • business models
  • products and services manufactured by the sector
  • products and services created by suppliers to the sector
  • processes

This competition is split into 2 strands, these are:

In applying to this competition, you are entering into a competitive process. This competition closes at 11am UK time on the deadline stated.

Closing date: 29 Sep 2021

Link: https://apply-for-innovation-funding.service.gov.uk/competition/986/overview

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £1.5 million for small scale research and development projects. This funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

The Transforming Foundation Industries (TFI) Challenge fund will work with Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, to invest up to £1.5 million in innovation projects. This funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF).

Projects must address the resource productivity or energy performance opportunities of the sector and its supply chains.

The aim of this competition is to improve the competitiveness of our Foundation Industry sector by helping it to become more environmentally sustainable.

Your proposal must focus on the development of new:

  • markets
  • business models
  • products and services manufactured by the sector
  • products and services created by suppliers to the sector
  • processes

This competition is split into 2 strands, these are:

In applying to this competition, you are entering into a competitive process. This competition closes at 11am UK time on the deadline stated.

Your project’s total eligible costs must be between £75,000 and £250,000.

Eligibility summary

This competition is open to collaborations only. To lead a project your organisation must be a UK registered business of any size. You must involve at least one micro, small or medium-sized enterprise (SME).

Closing date: 29 Sep 2021

Link: https://www.ukri.org/opportunity/iscf-transforming-foundation-industries-small-scale-rd-strand-2/

*** This opportunity will be available soon. The next call is expected to close on 30 September 2021. The following information is subject to change. ***

EUREKA invites proposals for projects under its Eurogia2030 cluster call. This supports international partnerships in developing innovative projects in clean energy, decarbonising technology, environmental issues and bioresources. The scope includes:

  • offshore wind turbines, bioenergy, solar panels, fuel cells power to-X, and energy storage;

  • hydrogen fuel cells;

  • carbon capture, sequestration and utilisation;

  • green and zero-emission buildings, smart cities and heating;

  • IT solutions in buildings, smart monitoring, 3D construction, digital twins in housing design;

  • AI, internet of things, big data, 5G and 6G integrated solutions in cities;

  • smart grids, micro-grids and e-mobility;

  • monitoring of the environment and bioresources;

  • drone and satellite monitoring systems of land, rivers, sea industrial robots, sensors, edge cloud computing and Raman mass spectrometry.

Consortia must consist of at least two industrial companies from two different EUREKA countries, of which one must be from a member country and one from a member country or associated country. The active participation of research institutes or universities is strongly encouraged.

Closing date: 30 Sep 2021

Link: http://www.eurogia.com/media-a-news/news/93-call-18.html#call-18

Innovate UK’s Knowledge Transfer Network and EQUANS, through KTN-iX™, invites applications for its solutions to decarbonise heat challenge. This supports solutions to decarbonise heat. Innovations should address typical heat decarbonisation challenge pain points as well as those that validate the provenance of low carbon fuels and allow heat networks to integrate with other energy systems.

Applicants must be a UK based micro, small or medium-sized business that is able to carry out your project work in the UK and intends to to exploit the results through a UK-based company.

Grants are worth between £100,000 and £1.2 million each, with 50 per cent of funding provided by EQUANS as equity investment and 50 per cent of funding from Innovate UK.

Closing date: 30 Sep 2021

Link: https://ktn-uk.org/opportunities/ktn-ix-challenge-solutions-to-decarbonise-heat/

Innovate UK’s Knowledge Transfer Network and EQUANS, under the KTN-iX programme, invites applications for its industrial decarbonisation solutions challenge. This supports the development of disruptive industrial decarbonisation tools. Solutions should support the end-to-end process from identifying, appraising and developing net zero opportunities through to deploying and monitoring these net zero initiatives in action.

Applicants must be UK-based micro, small or medium-sized businesses that are able to carry out project work in the UK and intend to exploit the results through a UK-based company.

Grants are worth between £100,000 and £1.2 million each, with 50 per cent of the funding provided by EQUANS as an equity investment and 50 per cent of funding provided by Innovate UK.

Closing date: 30 Sep 2021

Link: https://ktn-uk.org/opportunities/ktn-ix-challenge-industrial-decarbonisation-solutions/

This is an opportunity for funding proposals in fundamental research which applies to energy storage at grid scale. This can be development of new storage technologies or integration of technologies to grid scale.

Both short-term balancing technologies and long-term inter-seasonal technologies are of interest.

For more information on the background scope of this funding opportunity, please see the grid scale energy storage workshop report (PDF, 196KB).

While we understand research in this area can be interdisciplinary, the project must be in the remit of EPSRC with at least 50% of the proposed work falling within the energy theme at EPSRC.

The following are of interest. Please note this list is not exhaustive and alternative or novel areas are welcome:

  • mechanical storage systems
  • compressed-air energy storage
  • storage of heat, hydrogen or natural gas
  • heat pumps or pumped heat electrical storage.

We do not require specific industrial collaboration to be included in the application. However, support from project partners is welcome and letters of support can be attached to the full proposal submission, if appropriate.

Apply to do fundamental research into developing and integrating technologies to enable energy storage at grid level.

You must be based at a UK research organisation eligible for EPSRC funding.

Your project must be at least 50% within the remit of EPSRC.

The full economic cost of your project can be up to £1.5 million. EPSRC will fund 80% of the full economic cost.

Closing date: 5 Oct 2021

Link: https://www.ukri.org/opportunity/develop-and-integrate-energy-storage-technologies-at-grid-scale/

*** U.K. researchers will remain eligible for European research funding despite the country having left the European Union, thanks to a long-term trade and cooperation agreement struck on 24 December ***

The Directorate-General for the Environment invites proposals for its traditional projects on climate change mitigation, under the climate action strand of the LIFE programme. These support best-practice, pilot and demonstration projects that contribute to climate change mitigation.

Public bodies, private commercial organisations and private non-commercial organisations, including non-governmental organisations, based in the EU and UK may apply. Applicants may work alone or in partnership from their own or another country. Those based outside the EU can contribute by undertaking actions that are necessary for achieving the environmental or climate goals of the EU. Projects should take place in the EU member states, but activities outside the EU may be supported if justified.

There is no fixed minimum size for project budgets. Each project may request up to 55 per cent of eligible costs. There is no limit on project length, but most projects last from two to five years.

Closing date: 06 Oct 2021

Linkhttps://ec.europa.eu/easme/en/section/life/calls-proposals

UNESCO, in collaboration with the International Union of Geological Sciences and the Jeju Province Development Corporation, invites proposals for its projects grants under the international geoscience programme. This supports international collaboration, via meetings and workshops, amongst scientists from around the world in research on geological problems, particularly between those individuals from more industrialised and those from developing countries. Special topics for project proposals include:

  • mining geosciences and sustainability;

  • efficient and sustainable extractive industry technologies and stimulation methods;

  • geology for the sustainable and safe scale-up of renewable energy production;

  • big data, cloud computing and artificial intelligence in geosciences;

  • geohazards nearby metropolitan areas;

  • global warming CO2 emission mitigation using new methods, such as carbon storage and sequestration;

  • sustainable small and volcanic islands – water, energy, resource management;

  • geoheritage for sustainable development;

  • geoscience and the anthropocene.

Individual and groups of scientists may apply. Project leaders should ideally include leaders from less developed countries. Women and young and early career scientists are encouraged to apply.

Funding is worth between USD 5,000 and USD 10,000 per year per project over a maximum of five years. Approximately 30 projects are supported per year.

Closing date: 15 Oct 2021

Link: https://en.unesco.org/international-geoscience-programme/how-to-apply

Horizon Europe, under Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness, and its climate, energy and mobility cluster, invites applications for its HORIZON-CL5-2021-D2-01 — cross-sectoral solutions for the climate transition call. This supports projects that contribute to the goal of a clean and sustainable transition of the energy and transport sectors towards climate neutrality facilitated by innovative cross-cutting solutions. Funding is available under the following topics:

  • HORIZON-CL5-2021-D2-01-01 - sustainable processing, refining and recycling of raw materials;
  • HORIZON-CL5-2021-D2-01-06 - sustainable, safe and efficient recycling processes;
  • HORIZON-CL5-2021-D2-01-07 - support for establishment of R&I ecosystem, developing strategic forward-looking orientations to ensure future skills development, knowledge and technological leadership for accelerated disruptive technology exploration and uptake;
  • HORIZON-CL5-2021-D2-01-08 - emerging technologies for a climate neutral Europe;
  • HORIZON-CL5-2021-D2-01-09 - methane cracking to usable hydrogen and carbon;
  • HORIZON-CL5-2021-D2-01-11 - direct atmospheric carbon capture and conversion;
  • HORIZON-CL5-2021-D2-01-12 - fostering a just transition in Europe;
  • HORIZON-CL5-2021-D2-01-13 - strengthening social sciences and humanities research communities in climate, energy and mobility disciplines;
  • HORIZON-CL5-2021-D2-01-14 - accelerating the climate transition in difficult contexts: transition super-labs;
  • HORIZON-CL5-2021-D2-01-15 - fostering cooperation between Horizon Europe cluster 5 national contact point;
  • HORIZON-CL5-2021-D2-01-16 - co-funded partnership: driving urban transitions to a sustainable future.

Depending on the topic, proposals must take the form of coordination and support actions, research and innovation actions or co-fund actions. Coordination and support actions require one or more legal entities established in an EU member state, Horizon Europe associated country or, in exceptional cases, another third country. Research and innovation actions require participation by at least three legal entities; each established in a different EU member state or Horizon Europe associated country. Co-fund actions require one or more legal entities, provided that one is established in an EU member state or Horizon Europe associated country. Participants from selected LMICs are automatically eligible for funding. Participants from other countries may participate at their own cost.

The budget is €232 million. Grants are worth up to €18.5m each.

Closing date: 19 Oct 2021

Link: https://ec.europa.eu/info/research-and-innovation/funding/funding-opportunities/funding-programmes-and-open-calls/horizon-europe_en

Apply for funding to research zero emission hydrogen production and integration.

You must be a UK-based researcher who:

  • is employed by an eligible research organisation
  • does not hold a postdoctoral level fellowship.

The full economic cost of your project can be up to £312,500. We will fund 80% of the full economic cost.

Projects can last up to 18 months.

This opportunity will not fund hydrogen research related to:

  • distribution
  • storage
  • end uses, such as heat, industry and transport.

Apply for funding to become a hydrogen research coordinator.

Coordinators will:

  • network within their research community
  • build a multidisciplinary consortium
  • develop a forward research programme for a potential future research centre.

You must be a UK-based researcher employed by an eligible research organisation.

Holders of postdoctoral fellowships are not eligible to apply.

The full economic cost of your project can be up to £437,500. We will fund 80% of the full economic cost.

Projects will last six months and must begin on 1 April 2022.

Closing date: 30 Nov 2021

The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research invites applications for its avoiding climate-relevant process emissions in industry call. This seeks to enable the German raw materials industry to create environmentally friendly manufacturing processes that can be transferred into practise in the long-run. The focus of this call is projects that consider the whole value chain of advanced sustainable manufacturing processes, followed by a life cycle analysis, determining greenhouse gas emissions of processes and their energy use and the respective efficiency. Projects within industries with usually high greenhouse gas emissions are encouraged, such as iron and steel industry, mineral industry, non-ferrous metals industry and base chemical industry.

Any organisation based in Germany may apply. Applications from SMEs are particularly welcomed. European research consortia are accepted, if research findings are primarily used within the European Economic Area and Switzerland. A cross-sectoral collaboration and networking project should be initiated in order to strengthen innovation derived from research projects.

Grants cover up to 100 per cent of eligible costs for universities and research organisations, and an additional 20 per cent for overhead costs, and up to 50 per cent for businesses.

Closing date: 15 Dec 2021

Linkhttps://www.bmbf.de/foerderungen/bekanntmachung-2565.html

Horizon Europe, under Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness, and its climate, energy and mobility cluster, invites applications for HORIZON-CL5-2021-D3-02 — sustainable, secure and competitive energy supply. This supports projects that contribute to the goal of a more efficient, clean, sustainable, secure and competitive energy supply through new solutions for smart grids and energy systems based on more performant renewable energy solutions. Funding is available under the following topics:

  • HORIZON-CL5-2021-D3-02-12 - integration of carbon capture utilisation and storage in hubs and clusters, including knowledge sharing activities;
  • HORIZON-CL5-2021-D3-02-13 - cost reduction of CO2 capture (new or improved technologies);
  • HORIZON-CL5-2021-D3-01-14 - support to the activities of the European geological services;
  • HORIZON-CL5-2021-D3-02-15 - support to the activities of the European Technology and Innovation Platforms and technology areas of the Strategic Energy Technology Plan.

Depending on the topic, proposals must take the form of research and innovation actions, and coordination and support actions. Research and innovation actions and innovation actions require participation by at least three legal entities; each established in a different EU member state or Horizon Europe associated country. Co-fund actions require one or more legal entities, provided that one is established in an EU member state or Horizon Europe associated country. Coordination and support actions require one or more legal entities established in an EU member state, Horizon Europe associated country or, in exceptional cases, another third country. Participants from selected LMICs are automatically eligible for funding. Participants from other countries may participate at their own cost.

The budget is €230.8 million. Grants are worth up to €30m each.

Closing date: 5 Jan 2022

Link: https://ec.europa.eu/info/research-and-innovation/funding/funding-opportunities/funding-programmes-and-open-calls/horizon-europe_en

*** This opportunity will be available soon. The next call is expected to open in autumn 2021. The following information is subject to change. ***

Harvard University, under its Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, invites applications for its research fellowship on energy innovation and decarbonisation. This supports research aiming to understand the interactions between policies and technologies as the world attempts to decarbonise the energy system, while simultaneously addressing concerns about security, reliability and cost. Proposals are accepted in the following topics: hydrogen; large-scale carbon management; biofuels or low-carbon fuels.

Predoctoral candidates and recent recipients of a PhD or equivalent degree may apply.

The fellowship is for one academic year and it includes a stipend, benefits, and some support for research and travel expenses. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply for additional sources of funding.

Closing date: 15 Jan 2022

Link: https://www.belfercenter.org/fellowship/energy-innovation-and-decarbonization

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council’s DecarboN8 Network Plus invites applications for its seedcorn funding. This supports research related to the rapid decarbonisation of travel. The focus is on developing the North of England as a learning environment for carbon

and transport research and proposals must support this goal. Proposals including activities such as exploratory research studies, secondary data analysis, comparative case study research and interdisciplinary activities are encouraged. Proposals may address the following:

  • what approaches are needed to convert a Paris-Compliant carbon budget to transport carbon budgets at a sub-national scale?;
  • what do we understand about car-dependent areas?;
  • how should we electrify transport?;
  • is there a case for accelerated adoption of hydrogen for heavy vehicles in the North?;
  • how can we incorporate an understanding the embodied energy of transport infrastructure investment and maintenance programmes and vehicle construction and maintenance into decision-making?;
  • what innovations are necessary to incorporate micro-logistics into the delivery chain?;
  • what rapid transport decarbonisation options exist for rural areas?;
  • what urban interventions can stimulate a reduction in total vehicle ownership and an increase in non-motorised modes?;
  • what are the impacts of better active travel provision on economic vitality of an area?;
  • what innovations could cut carbon through a more activity or community-led approach?;
  • what could accelerate a return to public transport in the North after Covid19?;
  • who wins and who loses in different transport decarbonisation strategies?.

Within these topics there may be scope for interpreting new data sources to provide carbon insights, developing open access tools or activities which communicate transport decarbonisation policy options and trade-offs to different audiences, understanding barriers to uptake and action amongst citizens, businesses, and government stakeholders.

Projects must be led by academics at UKRI-approved UK research organisations. At least half of the funded projects will be led by early-career researchers who hold a PhD but have not yet held a research grant of £100,000 or more. Interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, participatory and collaborative proposals are welcome. Collaborations with industry, local authorities and community groups are strongly encouraged. Applications from all disciplines are welcome.

The total budget is £250,000 at 80 per cent full economic cost, to fund five projects lasting up to six months.

Closing date: 19 Jan 2022

Link: https://decarbon8.org.uk/funding/

Horizon Europe, under Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness, and its climate, energy and mobility cluster, invites applications for its HORIZON-CL5-2022-D1-01-two-stage — climate sciences and responses call. This supports projects that contribute to the transition to a climate-neutral and resilient society and economy enabled through advanced climate science, pathways and responses to climate change and behavioural transformations. Funding is available under the following topics:

  • HORIZON-CL5-2022-D1-01-01-two-stage - carbon dioxide removal approaches;
  • HORIZON-CL5-2022-D1-01-02-two-stage - socio-economic risks of climate change in Europe;

Proposals must take the form of research and innovation actions. Research and innovation actions require participation by at least three legal entities; each established in a different EU member state or Horizon Europe associated country. Participants from selected LMICs are automatically eligible for funding. Participants from other countries may participate at their own cost.

The budget is €51 million. Grants are worth up to €7m each.

Closing date: 10 Feb 2022

Link: https://ec.europa.eu/info/research-and-innovation/funding/funding-opportunities/funding-programmes-and-open-calls/horizon-europe_en

Horizon Europe, under Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness, and its climate, energy and mobility cluster, invites applications for HORIZON-CL5-2021-D3-02 — sustainable, secure and competitive energy supply. This supports projects that contribute to the goal of a more efficient, clean, sustainable, secure and competitive energy supply through new solutions for smart grids and energy systems based on more performant renewable energy solutions. Funding is available under the following topics:

  • HORIZON-CL5-2021-D3-03-09 - carbon-negative sustainable biofuel production;
  • HORIZON-CL5-2021-D3-03-14 - demonstration of large-scale CHP technologies for a shift to the use of biogenic residues and wastes;
  • HORIZON-CL5-2021-D3-03-15 - solutions for more sustainable geothermal energy;
  • HORIZON-CL5-2021-D3-03-16 - innovative biomethane production as an energy carrier and a fuel.

Proposals must take the form of research and innovation actions, or innovation actions. Research and innovation actions and innovation actions require participation by at least three legal entities; each established in a different EU member state or Horizon Europe associated country. Participants from selected LMICs are automatically eligible for funding. Participants from other countries may participate at their own cost.

The budget is €280 million. Grants are worth up to €16m each.

Closing date: 23 Feb 2022

Link: https://ec.europa.eu/info/research-and-innovation/funding/funding-opportunities/funding-programmes-and-open-calls/horizon-europe_en

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