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Carbon capture utilisation and storage economic impact assessment, Scottish Government, GB

Scottish Enterprise invites tenders for its carbon capture utilisation and storage economic impact assessment. The tenderer will undertake a study into the potential economic impacts for Scotland from the development and deployment of carbon capture utilisation and storage. Legal or natural persons based in EU states or authorised countries under the WTO procurement agreement may submit bids. The contract is worth £125,000 over four months.

Deadline: 07 September 2020

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H2020 - Supporting public authorities in driving the energy transition

The delivery of the Energy Union targets requires the full engagement of the public sector at all governance levels. Local and regional public authorities have a crucial role in setting ambitious energy efficiency strategies, for instance in the framework of the Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy and Smart Cities & Communities or the Clean Energy for EU islands initiative. The political commitment at local level should be enhanced and the focus should turn to implementation and effective monitoring of concrete energy efficiency solutions and actions, which can contribute to modernise and decarbonise the European economy. Synergies should be sought, whenever possible, with local and regional air quality plans and air pollution control programmes to reduce costs since these plans rely to a large extent on similar measures and actions.

Deadline 10 September 2020

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Advancing industrial decarbonisation by assessing the future use of renewable energies in industrial processes, Directorate-General for Energy, EU

The Directorate-General for Energy invites tenders for advancing industrial decarbonisation by assessing the future use of renewable energies in industrial processes. The tenderer will analyse the present and future potential demand for renewable energy in industrial sectors and processes, and make a comparative analysis of their ambitions, efficiency in reducing CO2 emissions, technology needs and investment needs so as to identify priorities in the direct and indirect electrification of industrial processes, which is essential for decarbonising industries. Legal persons based in EU states or authorised countries under the WTO procurement agreement may submit bids. The contract is worth €525,000 over two years.

Deadline: 15 September 2020

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Contribution towards a carbon neutral Europe reducing greenhouse gas emissions, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, EU

The Directorate-General for Research and Innovation invites tenders for a call on contribution towards a carbon neutral Europe reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The tenderer will contribute to European Innovation Council beneficiaries significantly reducing GHG emissions of their company or organisation and that they co-create, adapt existing as well as invent new products and services reducing GHG emissions. Legal or natural persons based in EU states or authorised countries under the WTO procurement agreement may submit bids. The contract is worth €3 million over 24 months.

Deadline: 21 September

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

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. 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 2020

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International geoscience programme project grants - UNESCO, INT

UNESCO, in collaboration with the International Union of Geological Sciences and the Jeju Province Development Corporation, invites proposals for its projects grants under the international geoscience programme. This supports international collaboration, via meetings and workshops, amongst scientists from around the world in research on geological problems, particularly between those individuals from more industrialised and those from developing countries.  Individual and groups of scientists may apply. Project leaders should ideally include leaders from less developed countries. Women and young and early career scientists are encouraged to apply.
Funding is worth between USD 5,000 and USD 10,000 per year per project over a maximum of five years. Approximately 30 projects are supported per year.

Deadline: 15 October 2020


Industrial energy transformation fund – deployment of energy efficiency in industry, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, GB & other funders

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Innovate UK, through the industrial energy transformation fund, invite applications for their call on deployment of energy efficiency in industry 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. Academic institutions cannot lead or work alone. 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 total budget is worth £30 million. Grants are worth at least £250,000 each.

Deadline: 28 October 2020

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The ACT3 Call

Accelerating CCUS Technologies (ACT) is an initiative to facilitate the emergence of CO2Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) via transnational funding of projects aimed at accelerating and maturing CCUS technology through targeted innovation and research activities. This document establishes the terms of the third ACT call for proposals. Following the success of ACT’s first and second calls, the Canadian province of Alberta, Denmark, and Europe’s Nordic Countries via Nordic Energy Research decided to participate in this third call, joining forces with France, Germany, Greece, Norway, Romania, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States. All funds will be allocated from national and regional budgets that support research and development as well as pilot and demonstration projects. National and regional funds will support entities from that funding body’s country or region as noted in the specific funding bodies’ rules (Annex 1 on website). Further information can be found on the ACT website.

First deadline: 10 Nov 2020

Submission in two stages: the submission of a pre-proposal is required before the deadline of 10 November 2020, 13:00 CET.

Accelerator programme, Oil and Gas Technology Centre, GB

The Oil and Gas Technology Centre, in partnership with Equinor, BP and KPMG, invites applications for its accelerator programme. This supports startups with potentially game-changing technologies for the UK energy sector in growing their business to achieve commercial success. Projects should fall under the following areas:
•digital transformation;
•clean or low carbon technology, including renewables;
•wells life cycle;
•asset integrity;
•marginal developments;
Startups need not be based in the UK.
The programme includes up to £100,000, a four-month training programme, access to major oil and gas companies and their facilities to validate technology, mentoring and business scale-up and field trial support got two years after completion of the programme.

Deadline: 10 January 2021

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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.

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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.

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