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Eurogia2020 call for projects, EUREKA, EU [extended deadline]
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: 01 Feb 2021
Link: http://www.eurogia.com/media-a-news/news/89-call-17.html#call-17

Technologies and smart solutions to improve waste management practices, Innovate UK, GB
Innovate UK and the Department for International Trade in India, through the Knowledge Transfer Network’s Innovation Exchange, invite proposals for their technologies and smart solutions to improve waste management practices challenge. This seeks to identify innovative solutions to significant and immediate challenges in managing waste and better utilisation of urban resources to create low carbon, circular economy urban ecosystems. Established businesses, startups, SMEs or individual entrepreneurs based in the UK, with the intention to set up a UK base, may apply. Businesses and university programmes may apply with a collaborative solution.

Deadline: 12 Feb 2021

Link: https://ktn-uk.org/opportunities/ktn-innovation-exchange-challenge-technologies-to-improve-waste-management-practices/

Scottish Industrial Energy Transformation Fund (SIETF), Scottish Government
In Spring 2020, Scottish Ministers opted to deliver a separate Industrial Energy Transformation Fund (IETF) in Scotland over a similar timeframe to Westminster's IETF. In September 2020, the Programme for Government announced that £34 million would be made available for capital projects over the next 5 years, an additional £8 million to the anticipated budget transfer from UK Government. The importance of shared objectives to meet climate change targets will ensure close working with other UK administrations on the SIETF.

Scottish Industrial Energy Transformation Fund 2020 competitions:

  • competition 1 - energy efficiency deployment
  • competition 2 - feasibility and front-end engineering design (FEED) studies

Deadline: 26 Feb 2021 (5pm)
Link: https://www.gov.scot/policies/energy-efficiency/scottish-industrial-energy-transformation-fund/

Carbon Recycling Network proof of concept call, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, GB
The Carbon Recycling Network, supported by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, invites applications for its proof of concept call. This supports projects that can develop processes for the reuse and exploitation of single carbon greenhouse gases. Applications centred on chemoautotrophs, that focus on gas fermentation or seek the potential of anaerobic digestion as a gas fermentation feedstock, are invited. Projects should be at technology readiness levels 1 to 4. Up to four £50,000 grants are available for projects of less than one year in duration.

Closing Date: 28 Feb 2021
Link: https://carbonrecycling.net/funding-opportunity/

Fossil-energy-based production, storage, transport and utilisation of hydrogen approaching net-zero or net-negative carbon emissions, US Department of Energy, US

The US Department of Energy, on behalf of its National Energy Technology Laboratory, invites applications for its fossil-energy-based production, storage, transport and utilisation of hydrogen approaching net-zero or net-negative carbon emissions funding opportunity. This supports the development of technologies to reinvigorate the use of the fossil-fuel resources and power infrastructure for net-zero carbon energy and commodity production through the production, transport, storage and utilisation of fossil-based hydrogen with zero or negative carbon emissions.  For-profit and non-profit organisations and public and private institutions worldwide may apply, either individually or as part of a consortium.  The budget is USD 160 million, to fund a total of 17 awards worth up to USD 7m each for between two and four years, depending on the area of interest addressed.

Closing date: 01 Mar 2021
Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=330950

Bench scale testing of direct air capture components and initial engineering design for carbon capture, utilisation and storage systems for air, US Department of Energy, US

The US Department of Energy, on behalf of its National Energy Technology Laboratory, invites applications for its bench scale testing of direct air capture components and initial engineering design for carbon capture, utilisation and storage systems for air funding opportunity. This supports the development of lower-cost, scalable technologies for CO2 capture from air. The areas of interest (AOI) are:
•bench-scale testing of structured material systems or component designs at technology readiness level 3 (TRL 3) for optimised direct air capture;
•initial engineering design of carbon capture utilisation and storage systems (TRL 6) for direct air capture.
For-profit and non-profit organisations and public and private institutions worldwide may apply, either individually or as part of a consortium. If non-US entities wish to apply as prime recipients and do not designate a US subsidiary or affiliate, they must explicitly request a waiver of this requirement in the application. The budget is USD 15 million, to fund up to eight awards for either 18 or 24 months, depending on the area of interest addressed.

Closing date: 05 Mar 2021
Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=330953

Leverhulme Research Centres

For UK universities to set up a Leverhulme Research Centre for outstanding original research aspiring to achieve a step-change in scholarship. The Trust’s aim is to encourage new approaches that may establish or reshape a field of study and so transform our understanding of a significant contemporary topic. Value: £1 million per year; £10 million maximum; duration: 10 years.

Closing date: 16 Apr 2021 (4pm)
Link: https://www.leverhulme.ac.uk/leverhulme-research-centres

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. 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.

Closing date: 31 Aug 2021
Link: https://www.jrct.org.uk/sustainable-future

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.  Public bodies, private commercial organisations and private non-commercial organisations, including non-governmental organisations, based in the EU and UK may apply. 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

Water management for thermal power generation, US Department of Energy, US
The US Department of Energy invites applications for its water management for thermal power generation call. This supports the advancement of near-term, thermal power generation water treatment solutions toward commercial deployment that address challenges and opportunities related to fossil energy power generation. The following areas are of interest:
•area A – effluents from a coal, gas or hydrogen power plants;
•area B – non-traditional water integrated directly with a coal, gas or hydrogen power plant;
•area C – carbon capture use and storage brines;
•area D – more than one of A, B and C.
For-profit and non-profit organisations and public and private institutions worldwide may apply, either individually or as part of a consortium. If non-US entities wish to apply as prime recipients and do not designate a US subsidiary or affiliate, they must explicitly request a waiver of this requirement in the application.
The total budget is USD 3.3 million to fund three awards. Grants are worth up to 80 per cent of eligible costs up to USD 1.1m each for two to three years.

Closing date: 29 Jan 2021
Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=330305

Design, research and development, validation and fabrication of a prototype carbon-based building, US Department of Energy, US
The US Department of Energy invites applications for its design, research and development, validation and fabrication of a prototype carbon-based building call. This supports the design, research and design and validation of a prototype carbon-based building. The prototype building must have component building materials that must be at least 70 per cent carbon by weight, and at least 51 per cent of the carbon must be coal-derived. The prototype building is expected to demonstrate the technical and economic viability of carbon-based building materials. For-profit and non-profit organisations and public and private institutions worldwide may apply, either individually or as part of a consortium. If non-US entities wish to apply as prime recipients and do not designate a US subsidiary or affiliate, they must explicitly request a waiver of this requirement in the application.
The total budget is USD 1.5 million to fund up to three awards worth up to USD 500,000 each for one year.

Closing date: 29 Jan 2021
Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=330337

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For the next two rounds of the Strategic Equipment scheme, the Physical Sciences Theme is issuing an open invite for applicants to submit outline proposals aimed at promoting and supporting increased usage of existing items of equipment.

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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/

Deadline: currently open-ended

Proposals to accelerate the development of demand-led innovative technology in the Oil & Gas industry. Generally focusing on improving productivity and recovery; bringing down operating costs and addressing innovation requirements in decommissioning in the UK Continental Shelf. OGIC is currently in development but direct contact is encouraged to discuss potential projects.

More information: http://ogic.co.uk/

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