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Internal climate fund at GU


GU internal climate fund
Call for Applications, the University of Gothenburg’s Internal Climate Fund 2021
The University of Gothenburg has an explicit ambition to reduce the total amount of CO2 emissions from job-related travel with 25 % during 2021. There is also a goal to reduce the university´s CO₂ emission by half by the year 2030 and to be carbon neutral in year 2045.
The university has been carbon offsetting all of its job-related air travel since 1 July 2011, each flight generating 118 Swedish crowns to the internal climate fund.
The Vice-Chancellor made a new decision to extend Gothenburg University's climate compensation and climate fund until 31 December 2021. (Diary number GU 2020/3368).
The purpose of the climate fund is to enable researchers, teachers, students and other staff to participate actively in the University’s efforts to reduce its carbon footprint.


Applications and funding decisions
Until April 29th, 2021, students and student organisations at the University of Gothenburg can apply for grants from the internal climate fund for projects that either directly or indirectly help to reduce the University’s negative effects on the climate. Students can submit applications via their respective departments or other unit at the University. The received applications will then be reviewed by the working group for the climate framework. The Director of the Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development is in charge of administering and developing the internal climate fund. The Vice-Chancellor makes the final funding decisions.

Funding can be granted for projects that either directly or indirectly help to reduce the University’s carbon footprint. The aim of an approved project may for example be to reduce the University’s consumption of electricity, increase the use of renewable energy sources or promote climate-friendlier travel. Funding can also be granted for projects with an indirect climate benefit for example through research, education, seminars and dissemination of information.

Funding can only be granted for projects that will not be feasible without financial support from the fund. The amount granted for a project can only be disbursed following the Vice-Chancellor’s formal funding decision. The project directors will need to provide a report on the content and costs of their project according to special instructions before the end of 2021. If an applicant has access to co-funding from another source, this must be indicated in the application. Funding will not be granted for projects that have already been completed. To be considered for funding, projects should be both initiated and completed in 2021. If a project is expected to take longer to complete, a progress report must be submitted by the end of the year and a final report must be submitted upon completion of the project. If a project is expected to last longer than until the end of 2021, this must also be specified in the application.
Note! If an applicant wants to apply for funding to pay for multiple climate-oriented measures, it may be a good idea to submit several applications.

The assessments of applications will give particular attention to the following factors:
• Relevance/effectiveness – How relevant and effective will the project be in relation to the climate change problem?
• Innovation – Does the project involve a new approach that may inspire others?
• Feasibility – How feasible is the project in practice, and what goals may realistically be achieved?

The project should be able to quantify the estimated reduction of greenhouse gases. If the project cannot clearly quantify emissions reductions, a reasoning / argumentation must be conducted where the project's climate benefit is estimated or otherwise described.

How to access the granted funding
Once a project has been granted funding, the project director must send an internal invoice for the total granted amount to the Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development. Further instructions regarding this will be provided with the grant letter. The climate fund will cover project costs as specified in the respective application, including indirect costs.
Any unused funding must be returned to the fund upon completion of the project.
The amount avaliable for 2021 is 100 000 Swedish crowns.

Student applicants
Students who would like to apply for a grant from the climate fund should contact their respective department or faculty, depending on whether the proposed project is department oriented or involves an entire faculty. If a proposed project concerns the entire University, the students should contact the climate fund administrator at the Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development.
Important dates
29 April 2021 Last Day for applications

Application form
Applications for grants from the University’s climate fund for the year 2021 must be received by no later than 29th April 2021 using the enclosed application form, signed by the Head of Department/equivalent.
Please email all applications to fredrik.hogberg@gu.se


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