Accelerating CCUS Technologies (ACT)

8 June 2018

Closing date for submission of pre-proposals (stage one): 13:00 CEST on 12 September 2018
Closing date for submission of full proposals (stage two): 13:00 CET on 1 March 2019

NERC, the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) are pleased to announce the UK's participation in a new Accelerating CCUS Technologies (ACT) call to facilitate the emergence of carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) in the energy and industrial sectors.

ACT is an international initiative whose ambition is to facilitate the emergence of CCUS via transnational funding of projects aimed at accelerating and maturing CCUS technology application through targeted innovation and research activities.

This is the second ACT call. Up to a total of 30 million Euros are available for the call from the following participating countries: Norway (coordinator), France, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Romania, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Each project proposal must be submitted by a project consortium consisting of at least three eligible applicants from at least three ACT participating countries.

£1 million is available from NERC to support eligible UK research organisations, in addition to £5 million from BEIS and £500,000 from EPSRC. BEIS is the lead UK organisation for this call.

It is expected that projects will be funded for a duration of up to three years and will start from 1 September 2019.

The ACT call is a two-stage process. Stage one call for pre-proposals is open until 13:00 CEST on 12 September 2018. By or on 30 November 2018, applicants that are successful in stage one will be invited to enter stage two call for full proposals, which will close on 13:00 CET on 1 March 2019.

Further information

For full details on the scope, eligibility criteria and submission process of the call, please refer to the published call on the ACT website - external link.

Prospective applicants are strongly advised to read the call document in its entirety, especially the UK eligibility criteria within the annex, and discuss with the UK national contacts during preparation of their proposals.

NERC and EPSRC strongly encourage the participation of researchers within NERC remit and EPSRC remit - external link under this call and emphasised as Priority Research Directions (PRDs) in the Mission Innovation CCUS Experts' Workshop Report - external link.


UK national contacts:

Brian Allison

Hannah Lord

NERC contact:

Weihao Zhong