When applying for funding please see the UKRI-BBSRC’s definition of Technology Readiness Levels: TRL1-5
“Clean Growth Through Carbon Recycling by Chemoautotrophs”
Deadline: 16 October 2023
Applications are invited for The Carbon Recycling Network, Proof of Concept (PoC) scheme. Funds are available to support projects up to 10 months duration which are at Technology Readiness Levels 1-4 in the exciting area of ‘Clean Growth’.
Call Title: ‘Clean Growth through carbon recycling by chemoautotrophs’
Reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 will require extensive technological advances across the UK. This challenge can be assisted, by investment into the utilisation of waste C1 gases, particularly CO2, by chemoautotrophic bacteria. This Carbon Recycling Network POC call, aims to support projects which seek to develop processes for the re-use and exploitation of single carbon greenhouse gases and will contribute to this UK challenge. Applications centred on chemoautotrophs that focus on gas fermentation or seek the potential of anaerobic digestion as a gas fermentation feedstock are encouraged to apply.
Please submit your completed application form to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Research projects should be within Technology Readiness Levels 1-4.
The deadline for submitting applications is 17:00h BST on Monday 16th October 2023.
Please note: This is likely to be the last call for PoCs from the Carbon Recycling NIBB whose funding ends in March 2025.
The Carbon Recycling Network Business Interaction Vouchers (BIVs) aim to encourage collaboration and partnerships between academic and industrial partners, the application MUST be in the remit with The Carbon Recycling Network aims
BIVs are funded at 100%FeC and provide funds of up to £20,000 for a defined piece of work undertaken by an academic with an industrial partner, who should co-fund the project with cash or in-kind contributions.
All participants named on the application must be members of The Carbon Recycling Network and based in the UK.
Please submit the completed application form to: email@example.com
To slow global temperature rises, we must dramatically reduce the use of fossil carbon as sources of energy, fuels and chemicals and instead use biomass. The sustainable recycling of agricultural and forestry biomass carbon into gaseous or chemical products can be accomplished through biological conversion processes based on anaerobic digestion or fermentation, respectively. The latter requires the prior deconstruction of the biomass into either sugars or synthesis gas (syngas) through the respective action of either lignocellulolytic enzymes or thermal gasification. However, traditional, carbohydrate-based fermentation processes, such as ethanol production, waste more than one third of the carbon which is not incorporated into the product but lost in the form of CO2. Eliminating this loss would reduce GHG emissions and improve productivity, potentially by >50%.
The two NIBBs, the Carbon Recycling Network and BBNet (The Biomass Biorefinery Network) wish to fund proof of concept projects that will enable a step-change in fermentation processes to further reduce the carbon footprint of biomass exploitation. These will improve the conversion of biomass to fermentable carbon (sugar) and underpin the design, build and test of innovative organisms (monocultures & synthetic communities) and bio-processes that can maximise the conversion of this sustainable carbon to chemical commodities without CO2 release.
The envisaged bio-manufacturing solutions will contribute to the UKs as well as global NetZero targets by eliminating CO2 production during biomass-based fermentation bioprocesses, while simultaneously improving productivity through incorporation of the lost carbon into the chemicals and material being manufactured.
Applications are invited from the Carbon Recycling Network and BBNet to apply for Proof of Concept (POC) funds
OPENS: 25 May 2022
CLOSES: 17:00, 8 JULY 2022
FUNDS AVAILABLE: UP TO 4X £50,000
ELIGIBILTY: Carbon Recycling Network & BBNet membership & UKRI-BBSRC eligible
The Carbon Recycling Network has funds available for summer studentships to fund undergraduate students who wish to gain experience in the field of C1 gas fermentation, primarily using chemoautotrophs, and exploring the potential of anaerobic digestion (AD) as a gas fermentation feedstock generator.