Funding

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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

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/

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