The SCGC-FIRST is a research fund open to all Oxford University academic staff from across disciplines to innovate and discover solutions to address long-term carbon-neutral targets, to help mitigate the effects of global warming, and to benefit society and communities with a passion for a better world. The Fund wishes to support visionary and imaginative open innovation relevant to global challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.
ASEANS's leading innovation company in chemicals, SCGC
, takes a special responsibility to tackle these challenges (eg. global warming and plastic waste); towards this end, SCGC has publicly committed
to achieve a low-carbon and environmentally friendly society by 2030 and achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. SCGC believes strongly that innovations based on chemistry, materials, and novel processes are key to meeting these bold commitments. To this end, SCGC has made an initial commitment of £1 million to create a University fund, SCGC-FIRST, which will run over four years and support applications from across the University. Successfully executed projects may be considered for substantial follow-on funding directly from SCGC.
The creation of SCGC-FIRST builds on a decade-long and highly productive strategic partnership
between the Department of Chemistry and SCGC. However, the magnitude of the current challenges requires a broader collaboration among a range of relevant disciplines within the University, including cutting-edge manufacturing technology and machinery, digital systems to control manufacturing processes, and a low environmental footprint approach to reduce greenhouse gas emissions with clean and renewable energy sources.
SCGC-FIRST is seeking to support innovative projects that demonstrate distinct advantages in cost and environmental footprint over competing approaches which are already available in the marketplace or opportunities for those to be adapted to the SCGC context below. Projects should be outcomes-driven, leading toward potential solutions or inventions.
Broad areas and topics of interest to SCGC include, but are not limited to:
Energy and carbon reduction
- carbon neutrality through reduction of GHG emissions, carbon capture, storage and utilisation, and emissions monitoring
- low cost, low carbon footprint hydrogen production
- materials for environmental sustainability
- sustainable supply chains and logistics
- novel approaches to utilisation of energy sources
- sustainable finance and carbon accounting tools for decision-making
- water and energy reduction, recovery, and reuse; wastewater and effluent treatment prior to discharge
- circular economy of plastics: up-cycling of polymer materials and the creation of markets
- new materials for sustainable outcomes
- client and consumer behaviour and novel interventions to influence change
- open call for applications on any topic of innovation relevant to SCGC but not covered in the topics listed above.