Supergen Bioenergy: Flexible Funding 2019


Research proposals are invited to investigate the potential for integration of carbon capture and storage and/or carbon capture and utilization with biofuel production. Bioenergy with carbon capture and storage is recognized as an essential part of the UK future energy system if we are to meet our carbon reduction targets. While biomass is a flexible resource that can be deployed (via different conversion technologies) to provide a range of different energy vectors, it is often assumed that biomass with carbon capture and storage will be deployed for electricity production.  However, there are many options for integration of carbon capture and storage/utilization with other bioenergy vectors e.g. production of substitute gas (including hydrogen) for transport and industrial applications and removal of CO­2­ in liquid fuel production systems, including biological fermentation. This call is funded jointly between the Supergen Bioenergy Hub and the Department for Transport to evaluate the potential for negative emissions in the transport sector using carbon capture and storage or utilisation technologies.

A total of £200,000 is available to support 2 research projects on research that will advance knowledge, understanding and implementation of technologies that integrate fuel production with carbon capture and storage or utilization. Research must be focused on production of a fuel that is used in the transport sector (drop-in and non drop-in solutions may be examined). Research must incorporate consideration of the integration of carbon dioxide capture separation/capture/utilization as part of the overall production system. This can include carbon dioxide separation for project-specific utilization or more generic capture/storage. While it may not be the main focus of the research there must be a viable identified pathway for either carbon dioxide capture or carbon dioxide utilization.

Research activities may include experimental work, modelling and simulation, environmental, economic and social assessment of system potential and are expected to include some evaluation of deployment and greenhouse gas reduction potentials.

NB: It is a condition of funding that successful applicants engage with the Supergen Bioenergy Hub and DfT in relation to the funded activity. Projects are expected to participate in 2 meetings with DfT over the duration of the project for direction, steering and feed-back of results. They are also expected to participate in the Supergen Bioenergy Hub’s annual assembly, which is currently planned to be held jointly with the F3 and Bio4Fuels projects in Gothenburg in November 2019. Applicants should ensure that they include travel and subsistence provision for these in their budget.

Please send the completed application form to Supergen Bioenergy Hub Project Manager Emma Wylde ([email protected])


The Supergen Bioenergy Hub aims to bring together industry, academia and other stakeholders to focus on the research and knowledge challenges associated with increasing the contribution of UK bioenergy to meet strategic environmental targets in a coherent, sustainable and cost-effective manner. 


Flexible funding is available to UK academic institutes eligible to receive research funding, who are also members of the Supergen Bioenergy Hub.  All academic institutes carrying out significant levels of bioenergy research may apply for membership. Those who have previously been a member, but not yet signed the new consortium agreement will be required to do so before returning their acceptance letter.  Non members applying for funding are required to simultaneously submit an institutional application to demonstrate that they carry out a significant amount of research in bioenergy for review and approval by the Supergen Bioenergy Hub core management group.  Applicants should contact Emma Wylde ([email protected]) to confirm their status before submitting their flexible funding application.

Funded projects will be required to produce:

A final report which summarizes key scientific outcomes, which will be used to verify completion and inform future activities
A summary of project activities or findings which could be published on the Supergen Bioenergy Hub website.

Projects may be proposed from a single institute or may be collaborative.  The funding can be used to support the eligible activities normally supported under UKRI research funding, including but not limited to: staff time, travel, subsistence, consumables, and experimental costs. All costs must be fully justified as relevant to the research. The funding is provided by EPSRC and information on the eligibility of organisations and individuals to receive EPSRC funding is available on the EPSRC website.

Funding Level

Applications can be submitted for projects up to £125,000 in value calculated under the full economic costing model of UKRI. Eligible costs are as defined in the UKRI funding guide and should be justified in the application. Project awardees can invoice 80% of the full economic costs at the end of the project: up to the £100,000 for each project. Eligible costs are as defined in the standard RCUK terms and conditions of grant awards and flexible funding can be used to cover the same cost categories.

Assessment Process

We aim to score project proposals by at least 2 reviewers. The reviews and scores will be reviewed by the hub’s core management group and DfT and this team will make the final decision informed by the reviews received.

Applications are welcomed from all sections of the research community. The Supergen Bioenergy Hub adopts the ASPIRE strategy to encourage diversity in our applications and awards (Accessibility, Screening, Personal Invitation, Reflect and Empower). In line with our screening principle no personal data (name, institution etc.) will be conveyed to those reviewing or making decisions on the proposals. No track record information is therefore required and applicants are asked to respect this and not include any information in their proposal which could betray their identity to reviewers. Proposals considered to have violated this request may be removed from consideration for funding by the core management group.  If you have any queries in respect of this please contact Emma Wylde.

We would particularly encourage applications from those early in their research career or returning from career breaks and members of the core management group may therefore personally invite proposals from applicants in these or other under-represented groups whom they think might otherwise not apply. These applications will subsequently be processed, reviewed and ranked in the same way as other proposals.

Proposals will be assessed on the following criteria:

  • Quality of science
  • Potential impact  (including scientific knowledge, deployment potential and socio-economic impacts)
  • Engagement with non-academic stakeholders
  • Appropriateness of project management, planning and deliverables
  • Value for money and justification of resources

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