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UKCCSRC Flexible Funding Call 2021 *now open*

The UKCCSRC invites proposals for CCS research projects supporting the UK Government’s net-zero objectives that address but are not limited to the following:

  • Seed funding for a piece of work that could lead to responsive mode applications
  • Work that can be used (e.g. a feasibility study) to establish a principle / understand the challenges for a larger bid to other sources of CCS funding. [Bid preparation not funded]
  • Research linked to problems identified and supported by industry or other CCS research users

Deadline for submissions: 3pm 22nd April 2021
Outcomes by 14th June 2021

More details: https://ukccsrc.ac.uk/research/flexible-funding/flexible-funding-2021/

 

Eurogia green transition call, EUREKA, EU

EUREKA, through the Eurogia cluster, invites applications for its green transition call. This supports innovative projects that support the technology-drive green transition within energy preservation, sustainable manufacturing, bioresources and biodiversity. The aim is to boost the productivity and competitiveness of European industries through the development of solutions and technologies to support the green transition. Some of the targeted challenges to achieve these goals are:

  • carbon-free energy supply;
  • green mobility and smart cities;
  • smarter housing and construction;
  • bio resources and environment.

Proposals should primarily target taking the suggested technology or solutions beyond the state-of-the-art in whichever targeted application domains are addressed.

The call is supported by the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Hungary, Luxembourg, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain and Turkey. Project partners from other EUREKA countries, or countries outside of EUREKA, may participate but must secure their own funding. Consortia should include at least two companies from different EUREKA participating countries. The participation of research institutions and universities is welcome according to each country’s funding regulations. SMEs are encouraged to participate.

Projects should have eligible costs of between €2 million and €10m, but proposals outside this range may also be submitted.

Closing date: 15 June 2021

Link: https://eureka-eurogia-green.eu/

 

Engaging young people with climate research, Arts and Humanities Research Council, GB

Arts and Humanities Research Council invites applications for its engaging young people with climate research call. This supports public engagement activities for young people aged 14 to 18 years old in climate-related research and the research process. The theme of the activity should be on mobilising young people to climate action and projects must:

programme public engagement activity that takes place between September and December 2021 to coincide with the 26th United Nations climate change conference of the parties (COP26);

demonstrate excellent two-way public engagement and equitable working with young people aged 14 to 18 years old, by making research relevant and beneficial and by responding to the needs and interests of this group;

  • demonstrate potential for meaningful and positive long-term impact;
  • demonstrate a rigourous ethics and safeguarding plan, which ensures the health, safety and wellbeing of young people involved in the project is effectively managed;
  • prioritise access to participation, diversity and inclusion and target young people;
  • demonstrate equitable partnerships with groups involved in the project;
  • demonstrate that the chosen partners are relevant or appropriate to the project;
  • represent good value for money and are well-planned and achievable within budget and timeframe;
  • demonstrate potential for learnings and successes to be shared with young people involved in project, the academic community, policymakers or the environment NGO movement.

Interdisciplinary research and collaborations outside of arts and humanities are welcome but the primary focus must fall within an arts and humanities remit.

Applicants must be a researcher working or studying at a doctoral level or higher at a UK research organisation that is eligible to receive funding from UKRI, a UK resident and over the age of 18.

The total budget is £60,000 and grants are worth up to £10,000. Grants may cover freelancer fees for delivery of project, out-of-pocket expenses for participants via any partner organisations, cost of producing outputs and essential activity materials, venue hire, transport and marketing costs.

Closing date: 16 Jun 2021

Link: https://www.ukri.org/opportunity/engaging-young-people-with-climate-research/

 

Carbon capture research and development for natural gas and industrial point sources and front-end engineering design studies for carbon capture systems at industrial facilities and natural gas plants, US Department of Energy, US

The US Department of Energy invites applications for its Carbon capture research and development for natural gas and industrial point sources and front-end engineering design studies for carbon capture systems at industrial facilities and natural gas plants. This supports research focused on developing lower cost, highly efficient, scalable technologies for carbon capture from natural gas combined cycle (NGCC) power plants flue gas and industrial point sources. There are three areas of interest:

  • carbon capture R&D – bench-scale testing of highly efficient components and processes for NGCC plants;
  • engineering-scale testing of transformational post-combustion carbon capture technologies for industrial carbon capture;
  • front-end engineering design studies for carbon capture systems.

US citizens and entities as well as foreign entities, whether for-profit or otherwise, may apply. If non-US entities wish to apply as standalone recipients and do not designate a US subsidiary or affiliate, they must explicitly request a waiver of this requirement in the application. Consortia are eligible.

Up to 12 grants are available, each worth up to USD 6 million for up to four years. Cost sharing of at least 20 per cent of the total eligible project costs is required.

Closing date: 21 June 2021

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=333050

 

Adventurous energy research for a sustainable net zero, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, GB and other funders

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council invites applications for its adventurous energy research for a sustainable net zero call. This supports high-risk decarbonisation research to develop or model materials, devices, fuels and technologies. Solutions must be sustainable beyond 2050 and compatible with a circular economy. The scope of this call is limited to engineering and physical sciences-based solutions for:

  • decarbonising transport;
  • heating and cooling;
  • industry;
  • agriculture;
  • electricity generation.

Mathematical, digital, artificial intelligence and software-based solutions are not eligible.

UK-based researchers at HEIs, research council institutes, UKRI-approved independent research organisations, public sector research establishments and NHS bodies with research capacity may apply.

Postdoctoral fellowship holders are not eligible to apply.

The total budget is £2 million. Grants are worth up to £250,000 each and may last for 24 months.

Closing date: 8 July 2021

Link: https://www.ukri.org/opportunity/adventurous-energy-research-for-a-sustainable-net-zero-outlines/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

 

Industrial energy transformation fund – deployment projects, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, GB and other funders

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Innovate UK, through the industrial energy transformation fund, invite applications for their deployment projects call. This supports energy efficiency projects that reduce fuel bills and carbon emissions of industrial processes. The project must focus on deployment of technology that has been proven to work through successful operations and is qualified through test and demonstration. Example technologies include:

  • monitoring and management equipment that improves the efficiency of processes;
  • more efficient heat exchange;
  • more efficient driers;
  • energy recovery from waste heat;
  • energy recovery from waste pressure;
  • onsite resource efficiency measures to reduce wastage and optimise use of raw materials;
  • more efficient refrigeration or other cooling or heating measures necessary to create and maintain the operational temperature of the industrial process itself;
  • fuel switching is permitted where it is essential to achieving energy efficiency improvements.

Industrial businesses of any size can apply, either on their own or in collaboration with other organisations. The lead applicant must operate at an eligible site in England, Wales or Northern Ireland at which the project is carried out. The lead applicant must operate at the manufacturing site or data centre and they must have a manufacturing standard industrial classification code between 10 and 33 or 63110 for data centres. Lead applicants may collaborate with other businesses, research organisations, research and technology organisations, academic institutions or public sector organisations which must all be registered in England, Wales or Northern Ireland and must carry out project work in England, Wales or Northern Ireland. The work must be carried out at a single manufacturing site or data centre. Applicants may include multiple projects within the application, provided they are located at the same site. Projects may include partners that do not receive any of this competition’s funding, for example non-UK businesses. Subcontractors are allowed and may be from anywhere in the world.

The total budget is worth £40 million across the two strands of the competition. Grants are worth up to £14 million per project. Funding amount depends on the size of the organisation.

Closing Date: 14 Jul 2021

Link: https://apply-for-innovation-funding.service.gov.uk/competition/842/overview

 

Industrial Energy Transformation Fund – feasibility and engineering studies, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, GB and other funders

Innovate UK and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, through the Industrial Energy Transformation Fund, invite applications for their call for feasibility and engineering studies. This enables organisations to carry out feasibility and engineering studies into energy efficiency and decarbonisation. The competition is split into two strands and in this strand, projects must undertake a feasibility or an engineering study to enable an investment decision in energy efficiency and deep decarbonisation solutions. The competition aims to help industrial companies build a pipeline of future deployment projects by supporting feasibility and engineering studies, and reduce the costs and risks of either industrial energy efficiency or decarbonisation technologies. Feasibility studies must investigate technologies that improve the energy efficiency or reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of an industrial process and establish whether or not the potential technology is technically and commercially viable. Engineering studies will identify specific technical requirements and provide a project cost estimate.

Project leads must be registered business of any size based in England, Wales or Northern Ireland. They may collaborate with other businesses, academic institutions, charities, public sector organisations or research and technology organisations based in England, Wales or Northern Ireland and must intend to exploit the results in these three countries.

The total budget is worth £40 million across the two competition strands. Feasibility studies must have total eligible project costs of at least £30,000 over 12 months. Engineering studies must have total eligible project costs of at least £50,000 over 24 months. Funding is worth up to £7m per project for feasibility studies and up to £14m for engineering studies. Funding amount depends on the type of the organisation.

Closing date: 14 Jul 2021, 11am

Link: https://apply-for-innovation-funding.service.gov.uk/competition/840/overview

 

Eurogia2020 call for projects – low-carbon energy technologies, EUREKA, EU

EUREKA invites proposals for projects under its Eurogia2020 cluster call. This supports international partnerships in developing innovative projects in clean energy and decarbonising technology.

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: 1st Aug 2021

Link: http://www.eurogia.com/media-a-news/news/89-call-17.html#call-17

 

Sustainable future programme grants, Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, GB

The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust invites applications for its sustainable future programme grants. These support projects that develop and promote sustainable, low-carbon alternatives to the current consumerist and growth-based paradigm. A range of actions are supported, including defending current policies, frameworks and regulations. Priorities areas are:

  • better economics;
  • beyond consumerism;
  • new voices.

The programme has a UK focus to take advantage of the body of thought and expertise that already exists there and in recognition of the UK’s influential global role in maintaining current financial and market systems. The trust does not fund academic research, except as an integral part of policy, campaigning work or leading to practical change in enterprises or community action.

A range of organisations and individuals from the UK may apply. Charitable organisations outside the UK are also eligible. Organisations or work that is party political, commercial in nature or otherwise intended for private benefit are not eligible.

Closing date: 31 Aug 2021

Link: https://www.jrct.org.uk/sustainable-future

 

Carbon in industry award, Society of Chemical Industry, GB

The Society of Chemical Industry invites nominations for its carbon in industry award. This recognises contributions made by industrial scientists and engineers to carbon science and technology. Contributions may include developmental work, pre-commercialisation or promoting interaction with other sectors of society, such as public understanding of science.

Candidates should preferably have more than 10 years of industrial experience. They must have made a significant contribution or impact within an industrial sector either by the creation of knowledge, evidence by patents or development of industrial plant, or by having shown excellence and high degree of industrial leadership within their organisation by making an impact upon the UK’s social, environmental and economic wellbeing. Self-nominations are not permitted.

The winner receives reasonable travel expenses to the British carbon group committee meeting.

Closing date: 1 Sep 2021

Link: https://www.soci.org/awards/society-prizes/carbon-in-industry-award

 

Energy technology development and demonstration programme, Danish Energy Agency | Energistyrelsen, DK

The Danish Energy Agency invites applications for its energy technology development and demonstration programme. This supports the development and demonstration of new energy technologies and system solutions that support the Danish energy and climate policy objectives. Eligible technology areas include the following:

  • wind energy;
  • effective energy use;
  • passenger and freight transport;
  • heating and thermal energy storage;
  • industrial bioenergy;
  • flexible electricity use, network expansion and digitalisation;
  • carbon capture, storage and utilisation.

Public and private enterprises or knowledge institutions may apply, including universities and approved technological service institutes, that are registered in Denmark. Foreign participants may be co-funded by the programme, provided they contribute to the advancement of technological development in Denmark, and provided that the main applicant is registered in Denmark.

The total budget is approximately DKK 194 million. There is no fixed amount limit on support per project. Higher education institutions and public research organisations that are non-profit may receive up to 90 per cent of total costs, pilot studies may receive up to 60 per cent.

Closing date:  5 Sep 2021

Link: https://ens.dk/ansvarsomraader/forskning-udvikling/eudp

 

LIFE – traditional projects on climate change mitigation, Directorate-General for the Environment, EU and other funders

*** 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. The objectives are to:

  • contribute to the implementation and development of EU policy and legislation on climate change mitigation, including mainstreaming across policy areas, in particular by developing, testing and demonstrating policy or management approaches, best practices and solutions for climate change mitigation;
  • improve the knowledge base for the development, assessment, monitoring, evaluation and implementation of effective climate change mitigation actions and measures and to enhance the capacity to apply that knowledge in practice;
  • facilitate the development and implementation of integrated approaches, such as for climate change mitigation strategies and action plans, at local, regional or national level;
  • contribute to the development and demonstration of innovative climate change mitigation technologies, systems, methods and instruments that are suitable for being replicated, transferred or mainstreamed.

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

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

 

Avoiding climate-relevant process emissions in industry call, German Federal Ministry of Education and Research | Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, DE

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

Link: https://www.bmbf.de/foerderungen/bekanntmachung-2565.html

 

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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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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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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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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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.

A $20 Million global competition to develop breakthrough technologies that will convert CO₂ emissions from power plants and industrial facilities into valuable products like building materials, alternative fuels and other items that we use every day.

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Deadline: 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. Themes include low-carbon innovation.

More information: http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/funding/calls/fellowships11/

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