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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

The US Department of Energy, through its Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management, invites applications for its direct air capture combined with dedicated long-term carbon storage, coupled to existing low-carbon energy funding opportunity. This supports front-end engineering design studies of advanced direct air capture systems capable of removing a minimum of 5,000 tonne per year net CO2 from air based on life cycle analysis, suitable for long duration carbon storage or CO2 conversion and utilisation.

US and foreign individuals and organisations may apply. Consortia are also eligible.

The cost share must be at least 20% of the total allowable costs for research and development projects. Up to seven awards, worth up to USD 3.5 million each for up to 18 months, are available.

Closing date: 22 Dec 2021

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=336288

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 CO2RE Hub is inviting proposals to explore new methods for capturing greenhouse gases from ambient air or the marine environment and durably storing or converting them.

Projects which strategically address part of a removal method (such as capture, purification, or novel approaches to storage or conversion) will be considered, as well as full-chain methods.

This first Pathfinders invitation for applications is an open call seeking to fund UK projects of up to one-year’s duration at a cost of up to £50,000 each.

Virtual Town Hall. To learn more, join one of our online Town Hall meetings on 9 and 22 December – login details available in the guidelines document.

Closing date: 18 Jan 2022 (12.00 noon)

Link: https://www.imperial.ac.uk/co2-removal-hub/funding-opportunities/

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

The present call targets projects on low-carbon technologies and processes in all sectors covered by Directive 2003/87/EC (the EU ETS Directive):

Innovation in low-carbon technologies and processes in sectors listed in Annex I, including environmentally safe carbon capture and utilisation (‘CCU’) that contributes substantially to mitigating climate change, as well as products substituting carbon intensive ones produced in sectors listed in Annex I, environmentally safe capture and geological storage (‘CCS’) of CO2, and innovative renewable energy and energy storage technologies.

The second call for large-scale projects was launched on 26 October 2021 with a volume of 1,5 billion EUR. The application and selection process has only one stage. The call text as well as the methodologies for GHG emission avoidance and calculation of relevant costs remained largely similar to the first call but they include better guidance for applicants. Both resubmissions and new applications are welcome. The deadline to submit a full application is on 3 March 2022. The information on the evaluation results will be provided in the third quarter of 2022 and grants will be awarded in the last quarter of 2022.

Closing date: 3 Mar 2022

Link: https://ec.europa.eu/info/funding-tenders/opportunities/portal/screen/opportunities/topic-details/innovfund-lsc-2021

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 250 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: 03 Mar 2022

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

Horizon Europe, under Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness, and its digital, industry and space cluster, invites applications for its HORIZON-CL4-2022-TWIN-TRANSITION-01 — climate neutral, circular and digitised production call. This supports projects that set out a credible pathway to contributing to the goal of global leadership in clean and climate-neutral industrial value chains, circular economy and climate-neutral digital systems and infrastructures. Funding is available under the following topics:

  • HORIZON-CL4-2022-TWIN-TRANSITION-01-01 - rapid reconfigurable production process chains;
  • HORIZON-CL4-2022-TWIN-TRANSITION-01-02 - products with complex functional surfaces;
  • HORIZON-CL$-2022-TWIN-TRANSITION-01-03 - excellence in distributed control and modular manufacturing;
  • HORIZON-CL4-2022-TWIN-TRANSITION-01-04 - intelligent work piece handling in a full production line;
  • HORIZON-CL4-2022-TWIN-TRANSITION-01-06 - ICT innovation for manufacturing sustainability in SMEs;
  • HORIZON-CL4-2022-TWIN-TRANSITION-01-07 - digital tools to support the engineering of a circular economy;
  • HORIZON-CL4-2022-TWIN-TRANSITION-01-09 - demonstrate the use of digital logbook for buildings;
  • HORIZON-CL4-2022-TWIN-TRANSITION-01-10 - circular flows for solid waste in urban environment;
  • HORIZON-CL4-2022-TWIN-TRANSITION-01-11 - valorisation of carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide streams streams into added-value products of market interest;
  • HORIZON-CL4-2022-TWIN-TRANSITION-01-13 - raw material preparation for clean steel production;
  • HORIZON-CL4-2022-TWIN-TRANSITION-01-15 - new electrochemical conversion routes for the production of chemicals and materials in process industries;
  • HORIZON-CL4-2022-TWIN-TRANSITION-01-16 - modular and hybrid heating technologies in steel production;
  • HORIZON-CL4-2022-TWIN-TRANSITION-01-17 - integration of hydrogen for replacing fossil fuels in industrial applications.

Depending on the topic, 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 €334.5 million. Grants are worth up to €18m each.

Closing date: 30 Mar 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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