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Announcing: UCD Research-UCD Earth Institute Climate Research Seed Fund 2022

Published: Wednesday, 24 August, 2022

UCD Research-UCD Earth Institute Climate Research Seed Fund 2022

UCD Earth Institute and UCD Research are delighted to launch a one-off call to seed and mobilise climate research projects and activities in UCD. This scheme will fund projects/activities with tangible outputs and impacts focused on climate research linked to the ‘Creating a Sustainable Global Society’ theme of the UCD Strategy 2020-2024 ‘Rising to the Future. The overall aim of the scheme is to fund existing or new projects/activities that focus on developing or scaling research clusters to demonstrate opportunities to help address national and global climate challenges. Deadline is 12pm, Wednesday 28 September 2022. 

The Seed Funding Scheme provides practical ‘seed’ support for projects, activities, initiatives and ideas that are ambitious and strategic, as well as those that lead to new knowledge, clusters and capabilities. It is supported by funding from the Higher Education Authority (HEA) and offers the UCD research community the opportunity to apply for internal funding to enhance their research activity and networks in the area of climate.

Applications should propose a project/activity on a topic that is strategically important in the area of climate, including but not limited to:

  • Earth Observation and climate monitoring
  • Climate modelling
  • Carbon sequestration
  • Climate adaptation, mitigation and resilience
  • Biodiversity loss and restoration of nature
  • Climate, health and the environment
  • Environmental behaviour
  • Climate change legislation and governance
  • Sustainable natural resources
  • Transition to net zero emissions
  • Environmental policies and politics
  • Sustainable finance
  • Just Transition

Multiple awards ranging from €500 to a maximum of €15,000 will be made through this scheme Awarded funds must be spent by 31st December 2022, but projects/activities may continue after this date. The scheme is open to all UCD staff whose research work connects with climate, not just UCD Earth Institute members. 

Full details of the call including example budget cost and eligibility criteria are in the Climate Research Seed Fund 2022 Call Document. Applicants can apply using the Climate Research Seed Fund Application Form.

If you'd like to discuss any aspect of this call, we are happy to discuss and offer guidance to potential applicants. Please email Earth Institute research manager Caitriona Devery