HUB FUNDING

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

Flexible funding is available to Hub member organisations. Check our Hub partner page for our membership list.

Institutes receiving flexible funding must be members of the Supergen Bioenergy Hub and sign the accession agreement to the Hub’s new consortium agreement before returning their acceptance letter. Non-members applying for funding are required to submit an institutional application for review and approval by the Supergen Bioenergy Hub project management group simultaneous with their proposal application.

Funded projects will be impact-focused and consider how they engage with and enrich hub activities and communities.

We will hold annual funding calls. The priorities for these will be set by our Project Management Group, in liaison with the Advisory Board and a wider network of stakeholders through a new industry forum.

Flexible funding call round 1: Biomass to bio-based products

The call is now open to apply for our first round of flexible funding. This call is focused on using sustainable biomass to produce chemicals and materials.

Up to £50,000 funding is available for projects led by UK academic institutes eligible to receive research funding. Collaboration with non-academic partners is encouraged, as are projects that align with industry or policy needs.

Download:

Flexible Funding Call Document and Application Form Round 1 (PDF)
Flexible Funding Call Round 1 Application Form Only (Word doc)

Closing date for submissions is 30 June 2024 at 23.59 UK time.

Applicants should contact Rakhi Parmar (r.s.parmar@aston.ac.uk) to confirm their status before submitting their flexible funding application. There is no word limit on the application form, however, concise answers are encouraged.

For further details on the call objectives, eligibility, criteria, assessment process and terms and conditions, please access the call document and application form.

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 Project Management Group, with decisions made as quickly as possible.

For more information, please contact our Project Manager, Rakhi Parmar:  r.s.parmar@aston.ac.uk

Secondment funding

Companies and early career researchers interested in carrying out secondment projects should discuss their ideas initially before approaching the hub. Both ECRs and participating companies  need to be hub members to access secondment funding.

For more information, please contact our Project Manager, Rakhi Parmar at r.s.parmar@aston.ac.uk

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.

For more information, please contact our Project Manager, Rakhi Parmar at r.s.parmar@aston.ac.uk.

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