Apply Now: EPSRC DecarboN8 Research Funding

We are pleased to announce our first seedcorn funding call is now open for applications.

For full details and application forms please visit our funding page.

The deadline for applications is 5pm (GMT) on Thursday 27 February 2020.


16 December 2019: Call opens
27 February 2020: 5pm (GMT) closing date for applications
05 March 2020: Panel
09 March 2020: Decisions announced
01 April 2020: Earliest project start date

For this first round of seedcorn funding, a total of £100,000 (£80,000 at 80% fEC) is available. Two further funding calls will be run in 2020 and 2021, where a further £300,000 (£240,000 at 80% fEC) will be available. Proposals are invited for projects of up to 6 months duration.

Applications are encouraged for activities such as:

  • Exploratory research studies
  • Secondary data analysis
  • Comparative case study research
  • Interdisciplinary activities such as workshops

As this is seedcorn funding, we would not anticipate funding a small number of very high value bids. Whilst we are not setting a maximum value, applicants should be aware that we expect to share the £100,000 between a number of smaller projects. Our aim is to support research that demonstrates a credible path to larger funding applications to the Research Councils, InnovateUK, or other sources. We are particularly keen to encourage new inter- and multi-disciplinary collaborations and to support the development of Early Career Researchers in this area.

DecarboN8 welcomes applications from teams from across the UK. We encourage applications that utilise a place-based approach: reflecting the diversity of people, places and journeys, currently under-served by the dominant focus on city-centres and commuter travel. Our focus is on developing the North of England as a learning environment for carbon and transport research and proposals must support this goal.

The following is a list of indicative topic areas, which have been drawn from our thematic priorities, local stakeholder consultations and workshop outputs to date. The list is not prioritised in order of importance nor is it intended to be comprehensive or restrictive in nature:

  • Understanding inequities in the spatial and social distribution of carbon consumption
  • Developing approaches to convert a Paris-Compliant carbon budget to transport carbon budgets at a sub-national scale
  • Linking developments in the electrification of vehicles, provision of charging infrastructure and local energy systems
  • Evaluating the potential for regional biofuel supply chains focussed on light and heavy goods fleets
  • Understanding the embodied energy of transport infrastructure investment and maintenance programmes and how to reduce it
  • Developing the social acceptability and societal readiness of policy, technology, infrastructure innovations
  • Reducing barriers to multi-modal travel through innovative solutions such as re-imagining interchange points
  • Developing or synthesising the evidence base for important but under-researched non-commute based travel behaviour
  • Innovatively addressing aspects of social innovation and social change (transport and non-transport adaptations) including business, governmental and societal adaptations.
  • Interpreting new data sources to provide carbon insights
  • Developing open access tools which communicate carbon policy options and trade-offs to different audiences

Please visit our funding page for more details and to apply now.

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DecarboN8 is an EPSRC Energy Programme funded network seeking to bring together business, government and academia across the North of England to create an innovation ecosystem and test bed environment which allows us to trial and accelerate the adoption of low carbon transport solutions. In particular, in working across the North, we are looking to take a place-based approach recognising that different solutions might be needed for different types of area – but recognising that sometimes we might need this to be joined up and consistent in order to get benefits at scale.

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