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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 and electricity generation.

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

 

Civtech programme 6, Scottish Government, GB

The Scottish Government invites applications for its Civtech programme. This enables public sector organisations to solve problems in collaboration with innovative businesses. The following challenges are available:

Challenge 1 with the Scottish Government Economy Directorate – how can technology help manufacturing businesses decarbonise while building resilience and strengthening competitive advantage

Applications are open to everyone, including individuals, formal and informal teams, academic teams, pre-start businesses, start-ups, established businesses of all sizes, charities, and community groups.

Closing date 09 Jul 21 (12 noon)

Link: https://www.civtechalliance.org/civtech-6

 

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.

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. 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. 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. 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.

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. Funding is worth up to £7m per project for feasibility studies and up to £14m for engineering studies.

Closing date: 14 Jul 2021, 11am

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

 

Facilitating a green and circular economy research call, Environmental Protection Agency Ireland, IE

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications invite applications for their facilitating a green and circular economy research call. This supports research on selected topics under the theme of facilitating a green and circular economy. The lead applicant must be based on the island of Ireland. Funding supports project-based and researcher-based awards lasting up to five years.

Closing date: 14 Jul 2021

Link: https://www.epa.ie/our-services/research/

 

Addressing climate change evidence needs research call, Environmental Protection Agency Ireland, IE

The Environmental Protection Agency invites applications for its addressing climate change evidence needs research call. This supports research into selected topics under the theme of addressing climate change evidence needs. The following topics are supported:

  • analysis of terrestrial GHG emissions and removals and wider impacts of land management and peatland restoration on Ireland’s carbon and nitrogen cycles – three fellowships with a total budget worth €300,000 each are available;
  • scenarios analysis to inform pathways for negative emissions to achieve climate neutrality by 2050, with a total budget worth €350,000;
  • critical infrastructure interdependencies and effects of climate change – design for full-scale study, with a total budget worth €100,000;
  • behaviour change among retail and servicing actors in the transport sector, with a total budget worth €100,000;
  • climate resilient development pathways for Ireland, with a total budget worth €250,000;
  • transboundary and International climate impacts and synergies, with a total budget worth €100,000;
  • top-down assessment of GHG emissions and removals from agriculture and land using advanced observation systems, with a total budget worth €300,000;
  • industrial transition and national development in the context of achievement of the 2050 climate neutrality goal, with a total budget worth €100,000;
  • development of Ireland specific shared socio-economic pathways in the context of national and EU climate policy and analysis systems using international analysis data, with a total budget worth €400,000;
  • development of nitrous oxide emissions verification system for Ireland, with a total budget worth €600,000;
  • factors influencing just resilience and wellbeing, with a total budget worth €100,000.

Host organisation located on the island of Ireland may apply. Funding supports project-based and researcher-based awards lasting up to five years.

Closing date: 14 Jul 2021

Link: https://www.epa.ie/our-services/research/epa--research-funding/epa-research-calls/

 

EXTENDED DEADLINE: Low carbon hydrogen supply 2 SBRI competition – expression of interest, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, GB

*** The closing date for this opportunity has been extended. The previous deadline of 7 June has been extended to 26 July 2021. All other call details remain unchanged. ***

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy invites applications for its low carbon hydrogen supply 2 SBRI competition – expression of interest. This competition aims to accelerate the development of a wide range of innovative low-carbon hydrogen supply solutions to enable development of a hydrogen economy compatible with net-zero targets. Two streams are available under this competition. Stream 1 will run over two phases; feasibility and demonstration. The first phase supports the development of feasibility studies, including development of the team’s understanding of the core and ancillary technology, the performance of the technology, the market potential, the route to market, and costs and delivery plan for phase 2. Funding for phase 1 is available for the following categories:

  • low carbon hydrogen production – for projects that will have some residual direct emissions even when coupled with carbon capture utilisation and storage;
  • zero carbon hydrogen production – for projects that do not directly produce emissions;
  • hydrogen storage and transport – for the development of novel hydrogen storage, and transport and distribution solutions, including import and export;
  • net zero hydrogen supply solutions – for solutions aiming to decarbonise the wider energy system.

Phase 2 supports the physical demonstration of the technology, including build, trial, decommissioning and knowledge dissemination, and the development of technical and business plans for market deployment. Stream 2 will run over a single phase, where projects across all four categories, that are closer to market.

Funding for stream 1 phase 1 is worth up to £300,000 and up to £6 million for phase 2. Funding for stream 2 is worth up to £10m.

Closing date: 26 Jul 2021

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/low-carbon-hydrogen-supply-2-competition?utm_campaign=1942109_Funding%20Opportunity%20%7C%7C%20The%20Hydrogen%20Supply%202%20Competition%20is%20open&utm_medium=email&utm_source=dotdigital&dm_i=2VFU,15MJH,1YNMPY,4GIX4,1

 

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 CCUS, effective energy use, heating and thermal energy storage and industrial bioenergy.

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. 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

 

HORIZON-CL5-2021-D1-01 — climate sciences and responses, Horizon Europe: Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness, EU

Horizon Europe, under Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness, and its climate, energy and mobility cluster, invites applications for its HORIZON-CL5-2021-D1-01 — 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-CL5-2021-D1-01-01 - improved understanding of greenhouse gas fluxes and radiative forcers, including carbon dioxide removal technologies;
  • HORIZON-CL5-2021-D1-01-02 - modelling the role of the circular economy for climate change mitigation;
  • HORIZON-CL5-2021-D1-01-03 - maximising the impact and synergy of European climate change research and innovation;
  • HORIZON-CL5-2021-D1-01-04 - enhanced integrated assessment in pursuit of global climate goals;
  • HORIZON-CL5-2021-D1-01-05 - better understanding of the interactions between climate change impacts and risks, mitigation and adaptation options;
  • HORIZON-CL5-2021-D1-01-06 - supporting and standardising climate services;
  • HORIZON-CL5-2021-D1-01-07 - improved economic methods for decision-making on climate and environmental policies;

Depending on the topic, proposals must take the form of coordination and support actions or research and innovation actions. 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. 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 €136 million. Grants are worth up to €9m each.

Closing Date: 14 Sep 2021

Link: https://ec.europa.eu/info/research-and-innovation/funding/funding-opportunities/funding-programmes-and-open-calls/horizon-europe_en

 

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. 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

 

HORIZON-CL5-2021-D2-01 — cross-sectoral solutions for the climate transition, Horizon Europe: Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness, EU

Horizon Europe, under Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness, and its climate, energy and mobility cluster, invites applications for its HORIZON-CL5-2021-D2-01 — cross-sectoral solutions for the climate transition call. This supports projects that contribute to the goal of a clean and sustainable transition of the energy and transport sectors towards climate neutrality facilitated by innovative cross-cutting solutions. Funding is available under the following topics:

  • HORIZON-CL5-2021-D2-01-01 - sustainable processing, refining and recycling of raw materials;
  • HORIZON-CL5-2021-D2-01-06 - sustainable, safe and efficient recycling processes;
  • HORIZON-CL5-2021-D2-01-07 - support for establishment of R&I ecosystem, developing strategic forward-looking orientations to ensure future skills development, knowledge and technological leadership for accelerated disruptive technology exploration and uptake;
  • HORIZON-CL5-2021-D2-01-08 - emerging technologies for a climate neutral Europe;
  • HORIZON-CL5-2021-D2-01-09 - methane cracking to usable hydrogen and carbon;
  • HORIZON-CL5-2021-D2-01-11 - direct atmospheric carbon capture and conversion;
  • HORIZON-CL5-2021-D2-01-12 - fostering a just transition in Europe;
  • HORIZON-CL5-2021-D2-01-13 - strengthening social sciences and humanities research communities in climate, energy and mobility disciplines;
  • HORIZON-CL5-2021-D2-01-14 - accelerating the climate transition in difficult contexts: transition super-labs;
  • HORIZON-CL5-2021-D2-01-15 - fostering cooperation between Horizon Europe cluster 5 national contact point;
  • HORIZON-CL5-2021-D2-01-16 - co-funded partnership: driving urban transitions to a sustainable future.

Depending on the topic, proposals must take the form of coordination and support actions, research and innovation actions or co-fund actions. 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. 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. Co-fund actions require one or more legal entities, provided that one is established in an 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 €232 million. Grants are worth up to €18.5m each.

Closing date: 19 Oct 2021

Link: https://ec.europa.eu/info/research-and-innovation/funding/funding-opportunities/funding-programmes-and-open-calls/horizon-europe_en

 

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

 

HORIZON-CL5-2021-D3-02 — sustainable, secure and competitive energy supply, Horizon Europe: Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness, EU

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

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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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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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