Announcement of Opportunity: Greenhouse Gas Removal Demonstrators Directorate Hub

UKRI recognises that the current situation may present additional challenges to those intending to apply. To help with that, the deadlines on all open funding opportunities will be extended to give applicants more time to submit their applications. The deadline for full proposals has been extended by two weeks to 6 August 2020.

Deadline for Outlines: 4pm 19 November 2019

Deadline for full proposals (invited only): 4pm 6 August 2020

NERC, on behalf of UKRI are inviting proposals of up to £6.1m (at 80% fEC) for the Directorate Hub of the Strategic Priorities Fund (SPF) Wave 2 Greenhouse Gas Removal Demonstrators programme.

The Directorate Hub should have a start date of no later than 1 February 2021 and will have the duration of 4.5 years (54 months) to cover the full duration of the programme.

The Directorate Hub will provide an overarching coordination role across the suite of inter-disciplinary programme activities, with specific focus on environmental, economic, social, cultural, ethical, legal and governance issues. The Hub will have a strong research function, working with the Demonstrators to provide underpinning research; provide capacity building and co-ordination across the programme.

The Hub will also actively engage with business communities, supporting innovation in GGR Demonstrator techniques and their progression to readiness for market, ensuring economically, socially and environmentally viable options to develop the cases for GGR Feasibility Studies, supported latterly in the programme by Innovate UK.

In addition, the Hub will have four particular objectives in order to achieve the programme aim of establishing options for a balanced suite of GGR technologies that could provide a successful and sustainable GGR solution focussing on the UK. These are:

  1. Co-ordination across the programme: To actively engage with business communities, supporting innovation in GGR Demonstrator techniques and their progression to readiness for market, ensuring they are considered adequately sustainable and economically practical.
  2. Connecting to other relevant research programmes nationally & internationally: To work to bring together the activities of the demonstrators and the hub to help ensure a cohesive programme which addresses the stated aims and objectives.
  3. Conduct cross-cutting research on the diverse cross-cutting issues relating to GGR:  environmental, economic, social, cultural, risk perception and communication, ethical, legal and governance
  4. Commissioning of small grants through a flexible fund

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) are leading a call for a suite of Greenhouse Gas Removal Demonstrators as part of this programme. Applicants are advised to read both calls in order to understand the full scope of the programme.

Further information on the Directorate Hub call and how to submit an application can be found in the Announcement of Opportunity.

Strategic Priorities Fund: Greenhouse Gas Removal Demonstrators - Directorate Hub Announcement of Opportunity (PDF, 400KB)

Frequently Asked Questions regarding the GGR-D Directorate Hub call (PDF, 60KB)


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