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EUREKA invites proposals for projects under its Eurogia2030 cluster call. This supports projects that will form innovative ecosystems to enable advances in the state-of-the-art and result in opportunities for commercial or societal impact for a sustainable environment, the reduction of climate change and sustainable growth. The scope includes:

  • decarbonisation – renewable energy resources, electric vehicles and charging infrastructure, green and zero emission buildings, hydrogen technologies and storage, and carbon capture, sequestration and utilisation;
  • decentralisation and digitalisation, new information and communication technologies – integration, stability and interoperability of existing grids, smart grids, ICT, internet of things, IT and operational technology cybersecurity, and microgrids;
  • deregulation and democratisation – blockchain technologies, flexibility management, virtual power plants, network stability, education and training, peer to peer energy trade, demand side management, and electricity market.

Consortia must consist of at least two companies from two different EUREKA countries. The participation of research institutes or universities is welcome. SMEs are explicitly encouraged to participate. Participants from non EUROGIA countries are allowed if they source their own funding.

Closing date: 18th Jun 2022

Link: https://eurogia.eu/eurogia-calls/

Innovate UK and the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy invite proposals for their stand one of the net zero hydrogen fund call. This provides development expenditure support for front to end engineering design and post-FEED studies for new low carbon hydrogen production facilities. The aim of the call is to support the commercial deployment of new low carbon hydrogen production projects during the 2020s and the strand one of the funding competition focuses on growing the future pipeline of hydrogen projects in the UK. The competition supports multiple hydrogen production pathways and the projects must address low carbon hydrogen production opportunities and focus on FEED studies, post-FEED studies or both. The proposals must demonstrate how they will contribute to the at-scale production of low carbon hydrogen by 2025.

The lead organisation must be a UK registered business of any size. Academic institutions, research and technology organisations, public sector organisations or charities cannot lead or work alone or a project, but they may collaborate with the lead. A business can lead on up to two applications, which must be materially different, and can be included as a collaborator in a further two applications. An academic institution or a research and technology organisation, charity, not for profit or public sector organisation can collaborate on any number of applications. The applicant must carry out all of its project work in the UK and intend to exploit the results from or in the UK.

The project’s total grant request must be between £80,000 and £15 million and funding may cover up to 50 per cent of the eligible project costs. The project may last between six and 15 months.

Closing date: 22nd Jun 2022

Link: https://apply-for-innovation-funding.service.gov.uk/competition/1150/overview

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, in collaboration with UK Research and Innovation and within the framework of the farming innovation programme, invites applications for its large R&D partnership projects call. This supports industrial research and experimental development projects that will address major on-farm or immediate post farmgate challenges or opportunities. Projects must address a significant industry challenge or opportunity in at least one of the industry subsectors below:

  • livestock;
  • plants;
  • novel food production systems;
  • bioeconomy and agroforestry.

The lead applicant must be a UK registered business of any size and collaborate with other UK organisations. The lead applicant must be or involve at least one grant claiming SME. They must also involve at least one grant claiming academic institution, research and technology organisation, charity, not-for-profit or public sector organisation. Applications must be able to demonstrate how the project will benefit farmers, growers or foresters in England.

The total budget is £8 million. Projects must have a total cost of between £3m and £5m and last up to 48 months. Subcontractors are allowed and can be from anywhere in the UK. Funding covers up to 70 per cent of eligible costs for micro or small organisations, 60 per cent for medium-sized organisations and 50 per cent for large organisations.

Closing date: 29th Jun 2022

Link: https://apply-for-innovation-funding.service.gov.uk/competition/1123/overview

The first ECCSELERATE Transnational Access call offers access to ECCSEL ERIC
facilities dedicated to researchers or research teams from industry and small and
medium size enterprise (SME). The target of the call is to extend the ECCSEL ERIC
user base to industry to meet identified needs of industry within CCUS research.

Eligible applicants: Researchers from industrial companies and SMEs covering all
industrial sectors relevant for CCUS research. The Transnational Access project can
be merged with other ongoing activities. Research done in collaboration between
industry/SMEs and universities/research institutes will also be eligible.

Technology Readiness Level (TRL): All TRL levels are covered in the call

Eligible cost:

Read more: 2021-2022 Transnational Access Call for Industry and SMEs, ECCSEL ERIC

Innovate UK and the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, through the Net Zero Hydrogen Fund, invites applications for their strand 2 capital expenditure call. This supports the commercial deployment of new low carbon hydrogen production projects during the 2020s. Projects must address low carbon hydrogen production opportunities and must focus on construction of new low carbon hydrogen production facilities. Projects are expected to utilise one of the following hydrogen production types:

  • electrolysis;
  • methane reforming;
  • gasification.

For the strand two applications are invited from projects that do not require a hydrogen specific business model. These should be low carbon hydrogen projects that can deploy on the basis of capital expenditure support and are able to start construction rapidly.

The lead organisations may be of any size and may work alone or with other UK registered businesses, academic institutions, charities, not for profits, public sector organisations and research and technology organisations. Subcontractors are allowed and can be from anywhere in the UK or overseas. They must carry out all of its project work in the UK and intend to exploit the results from or in the UK. Academic institutions, research and technology organisations, public sector organisations or charities cannot lead or work alone.

The total budget is worth up to £90 million. Projects must have a total grant request of between £200,000 and £30 million and may last between six and 27 months.

Closing date: 06 Jul 2022

Link: https://apply-for-innovation-funding.service.gov.uk/competition/1151/overview

The British Ecological Society invites applications for its policy fellowship. This enables an ecologist to undertake a placement at a government department or agency in order to gain experience of working within government, improve their policy knowledge, develop their science communication skills and build professional networks. Possible work areas include the following:

  • quantifying the contribution that nature-based solutions can make to both protecting marine and

terrestrial stocks of carbon and enhancing them;

  • outlining the exposure of nature-based solutions to the impacts of climate change;
  • outlining the additional benefits of nature-based solutions in urban settings, notably health and wellbeing;
  • working closely with relevant NatureScot and Environment and Economy Leaders Group leads, as well as the Scottish Government on the implementation of the Scottish biodiversity strategy and the Scottish climate change adaptation programme.

Members of the society with at least two years of research experience post-PhD may apply. The fellow will remain employed by their home institution for the duration of the placement.

Fellowships are worth up to £20,000, and are intended to cover salary costs, travel and subsistence, including accommodation, and other related expenses. The duration of the fellowship is three to nine months.

Closing date: 17 Sep 2022

Link: https://www.britishecologicalsociety.org/policy/opportunities/bes-policy-fellowship/

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:

Read more: Call for proposals – coal and steel, Research Fund for Coal and Steel, EU

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: 22 Sep 2022

Link: https://ec.europa.eu/

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

Deadlines and more information

No closing date

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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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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New Horizon 2020 Calls of relevance to CCS are mainly part of the LCE (Low-Carbon Energy) section. Find general information about the H2020 programme and how to seek funding here.

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