THE RAPID APPROACH
For the UKCCSRC to be truly successful at delivering impact, it must link world-leading research with impact. The Research and Pathways to Impact Delivery (RAPID) process is designed to identify areas of research that will inform both the Centre’s core projects, and those projects considered for flexible funding. Potential research impacts are considered with reference to the RCUK Pathways to Impact, where the Research Councils have grouped impacts into two strands; academic, and economic and societal, and these strands are used as a general guide for UKCCSRC work on CCS research impact.
Impacts are more specifically mapped against the CCS innovation chain and the whole CCS system. Research and development, demonstration and deployment phases of CCS will need to be linked to the wider contexts of financial, policy, environmental, safety, regulation and public acceptance issues and impacts in these areas.
In Phase 1 these two methods were used to stimulate discussions amongst stakeholders on research impacts within the RAPID process, and resulted in development of the RAPID Handbook (see below) More detailed information on the Phase 1 process can be found here.
The updated RAPID handbook is now available (May 2015) via the links below.
RAPID Handbook 1.1a - RAPID Impact Tables
RAPID Handbook 1.1b - Research Area Summaries and Needs
In Phase 2 of RAPID the focus is on understanding actual CCS deployment issues, and the underpinning research required to address them. This requires the cooperation of stakeholders with actual experience of planning and executing projects. The process for Phase 2 is therefore to run workshops with such practitioners, both as part of a structured series of such workshops and on an ad-hoc basis as appropriate opportunities arise. Details of these workshops and their findings can be found here.