HUB FUNDING

The Hub delivers a diverse range of bioenergy research projects from fundamental science to engineering challenges, social responses to technologies, economic context and policy development.

The latest phase of the Supergen Bioenergy Hub launched in November 2018 and will run until October 2022, with 17 new research projects being successfully funded under the Supergen Bioenergy Hub flexible funding allocation. You can read about these projects in our ‘Outputs’ section of the website.

From the period 2013 – 2017, 19 bioenergy research projects were directly funded by EPSRC. Visit our ‘Outputs’ section to read about each of the projects with details of the principal investigators and partners involved.

Travel and research exchange bursaries

Funding is available to SHARE members to support research-related travel and subsistence, either for research dissemination and presentation of results papers and posters at conferences, or to conduct a research exchange with industry or another academic institution to broaden or add to your research scope. Applications will be assessed by SHARE Committee and members of the Core Management Group, with decisions made as quickly as possible to facilitate your travel.

For more information please contact Emma Wheeley at:  e.wheeley1@aston.ac.uk.

Secondment funding

Further to the success of our recent secondment scheme, we offer more opportunities for secondments. Companies and early career researchers interested in carrying out secondment projects should discuss their ideas initially and participating companies and ECRs need to be members of the Hub.

For more information please contact Emma Wheeley at:  e.wheeley1@aston.ac.uk.

Rapid response funding

Rapid response funding is intended to support the UK’s bioenergy research community in responding to industrial and policy challenges that arise during the lifetime of the Hub and in developing active international research collaborations. A total of £240,000 is available over the four-year lifetime of the Supergen Bioenergy Hub to support at least 12 projects that will rapidly enhance existing knowledge to facilitate industrial, policy or international impact. Applications can be submitted for projects up to £25,000 in value, calculated under the full UK Research and Innovation economic costing model.

Proposals may be submitted at any time up to 1 May 2022. Please note this funding is now closed.

£240,000

is available over the four-year lifetime of the Supergen Bioenergy Hub

12

Projects will be supported

1 May 2022

Proposals submission end date

Anonymised applications

Supergen Bioenergy Hub adopts the ASPIRE strategy to encourage diversity in our applications and awards (Accessibility, Screening, Personal Invitation, Reflect and Empower). The awards are intended to empower researchers to develop and deliver impact with their research.

In line with our accessibility commitment, applications are welcomed from all UK academic and research staff regardless of age, career stage, contract status, etc. To minimise risks of bias in the process, we will screen reviewers from the names, departments and institutes of applicants. However, a key focus of this call is developing effective industry, policy and international collaborations, so full details of all external partners should be given, and relevant institutional capability or experience can be described. It is understood that this may in some cases unavoidably identify an individual or institute, but we request that applicants abide by the spirit of this principle by focusing on the activity rather than the researchers. In addition, we emphasise that track record is not part of the assessment criteria.

If you have any queries in this respect, please contact Emma Wheeley at:  e.wheeley1@aston.ac.uk.

Submission deadlines

Proposals can be submitted at any time, but please bear in mind that funding applications need to be approved by out Core Management Group and projects need to be completed by the end of our funding term in October 2022.

For more information, please contact Emma Wylde (e.wylde@aston.co.uk).

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