ABSIG SPARK Plus awards closing date: 16.00 on 22 May 2015
The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and Innovate UK are to invest £50,000 in early-stage R&D projects aimed at encouraging collaborations between the research community and industry.
What is a SPARK Plus Award?
The objective of the SPARK Plus Award is to enable an SME to collaborate with an academic partner on an early-stage R&D project. The £10,000 award will be paid to the research organisation when the work is finished. The SME must contribute a minimum of £5,000 to the project costs; the cost of the project should be a minimum of £15,000 and this contribution can be in-kind or in staff time.
What sort of projects are in scope?
Projects must focus on early-stage R&D of macro- or micro- algal derived fuels or energy for commercial applications, and can include biotechnology and/or non-biotech or synergistic technologies, so long as the technology improves efficiencies.
Projects must be based on an assessment of ecosystem services to address one or more of the following:
Optimising process technologies or methodologies for enhanced or more efficient chemical, oil or gas yields
Developing upstream technologies, processes or methods for enhanced or more efficient chemical, oil or gas yields (e.g. synthetic biology, culturing, genomics)
Reducing costs and improving efficiencies in downstream processing (can include techno-economic analyses or business models as well as engineering solutions)
Post-process analytical and profiling techniques
Innovations in process control systems or technologies
Deadline for submissions: 4pm Friday 22nd May 2015*
Applicants notified: 4th to 10th June 2015
Project start date: 10th June – 10th July 2015
Project completion: Friday 29th January 2016*
Reporting requirements submitted: Friday 19th February 2016*
Find out more
You can download the call document from the SPARK Plus page on the ABSIG website and apply today.
Michelle Carter (email@example.com) will be happy to help answer any additional questions: Michelle.firstname.lastname@example.org 07825 727712.