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Researcher Projects and Knowledge-building Projects for Industry in the area of CCS

Funding is available for Researcher Projects and Knowledge-building Projects for Industry with start-up in 2019. This call encompasses the thematic areas of CO2 capture, transport and storage, the value chain and social science-based research with a foundation in technological challenges

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Deadline:
12.09.2018 13:00 CEST

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The Norwegian-language call for proposals is the legally binding version.

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Planned

Amount of funding presumed available for this call for proposals:

The CLIMIT programme is administered jointly by the Research Council and Gassnova. The Research Council is responsible for funding R&D activities under CLIMIT R&D, and Gassnova is responsible for funding development and demonstration activities under CLIMIT Demo. This call for proposals applies to CLIMIT R&D only.

Up to NOK 60 million has been set aside for new projects. This is the total funding amount available for this call and the call for proposals for Innovation Projects for the Industrial Sector, which has an application deadline of 10 October 2018. Researcher Projects, Knowledge-building Projects for Industry and Innovation Projects for the Industrial sector, have an available funding total of NOK 20 million each. The distribution of funding may deviate from the planned allocation if there are not enough high-quality grant proposals submitted under one of the three application types.

Guidelines and important considerations relevant to all types of applications in this call for proposals:

Guidelines and specifications for this call for proposals

All grant applications must lie within the scope and objectives of the CLIMIT programme's mandate and CLIMIT Programme Plan 2017-2022 PDF - 445 KB . They must also satisfy the requirements and guidelines set out in this call for proposals.

The projects supported by CLIMIT must make contributions within one or more focus areas:

A. Early full-scale CCS value chain in Europe 

Projects within this focus area are to contribute to making Norwegian technology and solutions available to the CCS value chains being realised in Norway and Europe. They are also to facilitate the use of experience from the work on the first full-scale projects for further expertise and technology development.

B. Large-scale storage of CO2 on the Norwegian shelf in the North Sea 

Projects within this focus area are to contribute to the acceleration and scale up of technology and solutions for large-scale storage of CO2 on the Norwegian continental shelf in the North Sea.

C. Future solutions for CCS 

Projects within this focus area must be targeted towards developing more competitive, cost-efficient and safe CCS technology for a wider range of industries.

A more detailed description of these focus areas is provided in the CLIMIT Programme Plan 2017-2022 PDF - 445 KB

The CLIMIT programme is to promote the development of technology and solutions for CCS and seeks to ensure that these developments enter the market more quickly and are applied. Grant proposals must therefore describe how research under the project will help to advance CCS technology to the next stage. All grant proposals must therefore describe the relevance of the research to industry or how the research will become relevant to industry. This applies to basic research as well.

Grant proposals must be in line with the SET-PLAN’s Implementation Plan on CCUS and, when relevant, must describe how the project complements ongoing and planned activities carried out under Centres for Environment-friendly Energy Research (FME), ACT (ERA-Net Cofund – Accelerating CCS Technology) and Horizon 2020. Projects that address the research priorities identified in the report from Mission Innovation CCUS Challenge workshop i Houston 2017 are also encouraged.

Applications are expected to address at least one of these technology areas: CO2 capture, transport and storage. Proposals may also address the value chain and social science topics related to CCS. Proposals combining subject areas are also encouraged. If there are many high-quality grant proposals submitted within one or more of the thematic priority areas, funding may not be awarded at all in certain areas. The value chain and social sciences related to CCS will be given priority. Up to NOK 10 million has been set aside for relevant proposals, provided that applications received are of sufficiently high quality.

The guidelines pertaining to each invidual area are provided below. 

CO2 capture 

Under this call, grant proposals designed to bring technologies to a more advanced level of maturity in accordance with the CLIMIT work programme are encouraged. For technologies developed with support as a Researcher Project over time, funding is expected to be sought for Knowledge-building Projects for Industry or Innovation Projects for the Industrial Sector, and not as a Researcher Project. Proposals concerning CO2 capture are to refer to the evaluation issued by the European Zero Emission Technology and Innovation Platform (ZEP) and to describe both the technology’s potential for cost reduction and industrial integration.

Grant proposals in the area of CO2 capture must address one or more of the following topics:

  • Integrated carbon capture solutions using industrial processes and simultaneous capture of CO2;
  • Solutions for bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (Bio-CCS), including synergies with the bioenergy industry; 
  • Solutions that include hydrogen production. 

The application must clearly state the potential of the technology with regard to one or more of the above topics. 

Hydrogen

In light of the widespread interest in hydrogen production from natural gas including CCS, along with the potential for combining it with hydrogen production from renewable energy, the Research Council’s Large-scale Programme for Energy Research (ENERGIX) and Norwegian RD&D CCS programme (CLIMIT) will cooperate to provide funding for Knowledge-building Projects for Industry and Innovation Projects for the Industrial Sector that study the entire value chain, including both hydrogen production and use. 

CO2 transport 

Under this call, the programme is seeking to grant proposals for projects related to the development of solutions for transport of CO2 from Norwegian and other European sources for permanent storage in the North Sea. Such transport solutions are considered to be critical infrastructure for the realisation of CCS technologies. The programme will therefore only accept grant applications for Knowledge-building Projects for Industry and Innovation Projects for the Industrial Sector, not Researcher Projects in this area.

Grant proposals in the area of CO2 transport must address one or more of the following:

  • Research of relevance to the interfaces between capture/transport and between transport/storage is particularly encouraged;
  • Projects that culminate in best practice manuals for CO2 operations and for CO2 transport by ship or by pipeline;
  • International cooperation to ensure safe, cost-effective CO2 transport solutions, involving cooperation with either actors in North America or key actors in Europe and where the objective is to establish a Project of Common Interest (PCI).

CO2 storage 

Under this call, the programme is seeking grant proposals for projects that contribute to the acceleration and scale up of technology and solutions for large-scale storage of CO2 on the Norwegian continental shelf in the North Sea. Grant proposals in this area will be accepted for Knowledge-building Projects for Industry and Innovation Projects for the Industrial Sector within the entire scope of the CLIMIT work programme. 

Researcher Projects will only be accepted for projects focused on one or more of the following:

  • CO2-storage issues related to sealing, monitoring reservoirs and injectivity. 
  • Proposals addressing other topics must be of relevance to the collaboration established in the US-Norway Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) or a Project of Common Interest (PCI).

CCS value chain and social science-based research

Grant proposals will be accepted for social science-oriented research projects with a basis in technological issues. Social science-based research proposals must clearly indicate that they employ relevant, up-to-date, technical information on CCS. Applicants are also encouraged to link social science-based research to technical grant applications as a separate work package. Social science-based proposals must build upon previously conducted research in the area by, for example, the social science-oriented Centres for Environment-friendly Energy Research (FME), international studies of CCS business models and on best practices for the spread of comparable climate/environmental technologies. Projects must be designed to bring new knowledge primarily in connection with planned Norwegian full-scale projects and on how to succeed with commercialisation and financing of future full-scale plants in Europe. Research areas of potential relevance include:

  • Funding instruments and finance;
  • Industrial development and the spread of technologies;
  • Society and behaviour 
  • Sustainability 

A more detailed description of these four areas is available in the memorandum on “ Social science-based CLIMIT research DOCX - 21 KB ”.

Industrial development and the spread of technologies is extensively covered under the Norwegian CCS Research Centre, one of the Research Council’s Centres for Environment-friendly Energy Research (FME). Proposals in this area must show how their activities complement those carried out under the centre. 

Up to NOK 10 million in funding is available for social science-based proposals. Grant proposals may seek funding in the range of NOK 2–8 million. Smaller-scale proposals, in particular, are encouraged to enter into cooperation with applications and projects in the area of technology. Grant proposals will be accepted for social science-based Researcher Projects and Knowledge-building Projects for Industry, but priority will be given to Knowledge-building Projects for Industry when proposals are deemed to be of equal merit. Applications overlapping thematically with the ENERGIX programme will be processed jointly by the CLIMIT and ENERGIX programmes. Grant applications for Researcher Projects where this applies will only be accepted in areas requiring highly independent research, cf. limitations outlined in the ENERGIX call for proposals. 

Importance will be attached to the following factors when assessing grant applications

 

  • International cooperation

International cooperation is a high priority both at the Research Council in general and under the CLIMIT programme. When assessing grant applications, projects incorporating extensive, high-calibre international cooperation will therefore be viewed in a positive light. Collaboration with partners in North America is of particular interest. Collaboration between Nordic countries is also encouraged. Collaboration with European countries should primarily take place within the framework of the ACT Call.

In addition, it is important that applications are closely in line with the SET-PLAN’s Implementation Plan on CCUS.

Extra merit for international cooperation may be awarded to projects that involve comprehensive cooperation with foreign universities and research institutes. Grant proposals must describe the R&D distribution among Norwegian and international actors. Projects must also have a funding plan that documents financing from Norwegian and international sources. Each international partner must have a clearly defined role in the project, and the international partner’s contributions to achieving the project objectives must be clearly stated. 

Projects that incorporate the exchange of doctoral candidates, post-doctoral research fellows and researchers with universities in other countries will also be viewed in a positive light. Grant proposals must include analyses of the benefits of the researcher exchange. 

Horizon 2020 and ACT 

Horizon 2020 will be an important instrument for developing new expertise in CO2 capture, transport and storage. It will be vital to create good synergies between projects under the CLIMIT programme and CCS projects under Horizon 2020. 

ACT is an instrument for transnational cooperation (an ERA-NET Cofund) in the area of CCS. It will be vital to create good synergies between projects under the CLIMIT programme and projects under ACT.

Project proposals that document productive synergy with activities under Horizon 2020 and/or ACT will be viewed in a positive light.

Infrastructure 

The European Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage Laboratory Infrastructure (ECCSEL) is an international project for the construction and operation of European R&D infrastructure in the area of CCS. The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) has responsibility for the Norwegian node of ECCSEL and has received a total of NOK 200 million from the Research Council for R&D infrastructure in the area of CCS. All researchers in Europe may apply to use the ECCSEL infrastructure. Projects that use ECCSEL’s existing research infrastructure in Norway or other ECCSEL partner countries will be viewed in a favourable light. Applications incorporating investment in (depreciation of) new equipment should indicate how this is aligned with ECCSEL’s plans. Proposals that do not involve use of ECCSEL infrastructure must explain why this infrastructure is not relevant to project activities.

Applications submitted by competent consortia that use existing infrastructure, such as TCM or ECCSEL, will be viewed in a favourable light. Projects that clearly contribute to the future establishment of a pilot CO2 storage facility on the Norwegian continental shelf will be given priority. 

Relevance and benefit to industry 

When assessing grant applications, importance will be attached to projects that promote accelerated commercialisation of CCS. It is important that projects are of high relevance and benefit to industry. This applies to basic research as well. All grant proposals must therefore describe the relevance of the research to industry or how the research will become relevant to industry. 

All projects are encouraged to include cooperation with relevant industry. This applies to Researcher Projects as well. Cooperation must take the form of financial contributions from industry or industry participation in the project. 

Communication activities 

Communication and dissemination of information about CCS are essential for increasing understanding among the public at large. Projects are therefore required to have a sound plan for communication activities and dissemination of project results.

Digitalisation 

The developing trend towards more digitalised, integrated energy and industrial systems holds export potential for Norwegian technologies, services and solutions. Digitalisation presents opportunities to increase efficiency along the entire CO2 value chain for CO2 capture, transport and storage. Projects linked to digitalisation are encouraged.  

Gender balance 

Assuming that all factors relating to scientific merit and relevance are essentially equal, priority will be given to projects led by women project managers. 

Archiving of research data 

The Project Owner (institution/company) is responsible for selecting the archiving solution(s) to use for storing research data generated during the project. The Project Owner must specify the planned solution(s) in connection with the revised grant proposal. 

For social science-based projects, the data generated as part of the project should be archived at the Norwegian Centre for Research Data (NSD).

Conditions for funding 

Companies defined as an “undertaking” in the state aid rules will not be eligible to receive support to cover projects costs.

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