SAQN are looking for innovative projects that either build on the previous work undertaken by SAQN Scoping Studies or that pursue new research applying STFC capabilities to address air quality challenges. They must demonstrate significant impact potential (either via follow-on funding, social/environmental impact, and/or commercial application). Proof of Concept projects might demonstrate a new technique to the community, develop a new product, a new type of analysis or develop a new instrument.

Key information:

  • Grants of £10-40k available
  • Funding awarded at 100%
  • Apply by 4th March 2022
  • Funding decisions announced on 28th March 2022
  • Projects must be completed by June 2023

Full details, including assessment and eligibility criteria, funding information and links to further details on STFC capabilities are in the Proof of Concept Call Guidance.

We strongly encourage all potential applications to contact the network to discuss their project idea. SAQN can support applicants with matchmaking to find project partners, and mentoring to enhance their project plan. Please email

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