f3, has launched its first call for proposals for small-scale research projects between its partner organisations. Research to advise political decision making or to provide a systems’ perspective to an ongoing project is most in demand. So too are projects which will deliver results by the end of next year.Sweden's uniting force for research on fossil-free fuels since February 2011,
This first-ever round of funding from Swedish Knowledge Centre For Renewable Transportation Fuels—which acronym f3 stands for “fossil-free fuels”—is set to go towards projects that bridge two or more of its five core areas and cost “less than” SEK1 million to implement, according to the text of the call, forwarded to f3 partners.
It follows that projects should be axed either on applying different kinds of system analysis to existing projects or on identifying “synergies” between technology platforms or industrial installations. Projects designed to develop new methods for conducting any of the former lines of research would also be eligible for funding.
“Funding will mostly go towards research into system analysis (such as) comparative system’ studies, process integration studies, method development and synthesis between technological platforms”, B4E’s f3 Coordinator Joakim Lundgren told a researchers meeting at Lövånger, Sweden, last month.
“As you know, Bio4Energy is a partner and an investor (in f3). We need to get this money back”, said Lundgren, echoing earlier comments by B4E Programme Director Stellan Marklund.
“We would expect to have a three-to-four-fold return on our investment” by the end of the f3 six-year operating mandate, said Lundgren, who is a researcher on the B4E Process Integration Platform.
More broadly, he said, f3 projects would focus on research and development of forest-sourced biomass for conversion to fuels. Moreover, efforts were underway to map ongoing projects in f3’s Swedish R&D partners. In February 2011 there were 19 of them, including universities, research institutes and industrial operators.
“My suggestion is that this could become a database,” he said, to be used by political decision-makers, industry and the research community nationwide.
The deadline for submitting proposals for projects under the current call is 15 August. A proposal should include at least two f3 partners. The total amount of funds available is SEK4.4 million.
Next steps: Partners whose projects are being considered for funding should be notified early September and could be asked to submit further information. Depending on the nature and size of a project, a final decision should follow from the relevant f3 "review panel" between November 2011 and March 2012.