Green grants

Project grants

Contribute your ideas to the Green Labs Network in order to gain a chance of receiving a green grant to get your project off the ground. It is an opportunity to identify and submit ideas that advance the University’s Vision and Strategy to encourage smart and responsible actions that prioritise people, natural resources, and finances to safeguard the health of future generations.

Our goal is to turn more ideas into successful outcomes and to create more sustainable leaders within the University who are enabled and permitted to explore new ideas and ways of doing things within their research.

We are looking for small-scale, big-impact ideas for improving the operational or cultural sustainability of our institution and broadening the community of environmental advocates. Proposals may pertain to waste reduction or diversion, energy efficiency, resource conservation or awareness raising, to name a few examples.

If you have an idea, problem or project pertaining to lab community, sustainability or safety that could use some help – don't hesitate to get in contact.

Equipment grants

Lab users don’t pay the utility bills and subsequently do not reap the economic benefits from investing in energy or water efficient equipment. We therefore offer ‘green grants’ to enable the purchase of efficient kit over a less-green alternative. Our Sustainability Department aims for a maximum of a five-year payback. In other words, the annual savings made from energy, water, waste, procurement etc. pay for the initial investment in under five years.

We currently have initiatives for ultralow-temperature freezers and drying cabinets. We either offer a subsidy towards a replacement of an old unit based on its energy consumption, or if highly inefficient we will fully fund the replacement. We also incentivise retirement and rationalisation of equipment, offering financial rewards for doing so.

Apply for a ULT green grant

Apply for a drying cabinet green grant

We will assess all lab equipment on a case-by-case basis but if you think there might be a more sustainable solution for you lab contact the Sustainable Science Manager.


How to calculate your own green grants

By taking a Whole Life Costing (WLC) approach we consider all present and future costs associated with equipment replacements, infrastructure upgrades or any other project that involves upfront and ongoing expenditures in labs.  

  1. Find out how much your equipment or process is currently costing per year (CURRENT RUNNING COSTS)
    • Maintenance costs (consumables, servicing)
    • Utility cost (energy, water, waste) 
      • You may need to contact Sustainability for energy meters, the cost of waste management etc.
  2. Find out the running cost of the new project (NEW RUNNING COSTS)
    • Maintenance costs (consumables, servicing)
    • Utility cost (energy, water, waste) 
      • You may need to contact Sustainability for energy meters, the cost of waste management etc.
  3. Find out the Initial investment
      • Equipment cost + VAT
      • Delivery
      • Installation
      • Initial consumables
      • Cost of disposal of old equipment
  4. Calculate the green-grants (Office document, 25kB)
  5. Calculate the WLC of your project
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