The role of the Hub

The REAL Compost and Biofertilislier Certification Schemes' Research Hub (referred to as "The Hub"), established in January 2019, is a mechanism designed to ensure that the Schemes are robust and fit for purpose. 

REAL recognises that there is need for new, accessible research to support innovation as well as changes to the Schemes and their Standards. The quality Standards (BSI PAS 100 and PAS 110) and laboratory test methods must be reviewed and updated on a regular basis to reflect evolving legislation and the latest scientific evidence.

The primary benefit of the Research Hub is the increased amount of evidence available to the composting and anaerobic digestion industries, to ensure long-term competitiveness and growth.

Annual call for research ideas

Compost Certification Scheme (CCS) and Biofertiliser Certification Scheme (BCS) Operators as well as the composting and anaerobic digestion industries can influence the work of the Hub through the submission of a Research Project Proposal. 

Each year in January, the Hub issues a call for Research Project Proposals whereby CCS and BCS participants and industry are invited to submit their research ideas to the Research Hub via a Submission Form.

Proposals submitted should aim to develop the technical and regulatory aspects of certified compost and digestate production, testing and usage, as well as meeting the Hub's Objectives.


Project selection process

Following the call period, the Hub's Research Panel will review and evaluate the proposals; a number of proposals will be shortlisted. Shortlisted proposals will be inputted to an online survey, which CCS and BCS Scheme participants will be invited to complete.

Following the SurveyMonkey, the results of which are considered advisory, the Panel will convene to determine, through a second evaluation phase, which shortlisted proposal(s) will be selected for commissioning. 

A contractor for the selected research project(s) will then be chosen through a competitive tender process.

Latest News:

  • The fourth project of the Research Hub - Tender Q&A

    Questions submitted to the Research Hub relative to the Tender Invitation Document for the fourth project of the Research Hub are attached in Q&A format below. A reminder that the deadline for tender submissions is 03 January 2022...

    Posted: 20 December, 2021

  • The second project of the Research Hub is complete

    REAL are thrilled to announce that the second project of the Research Hub 'To develop a 'data pack' on the properties, characteristics, and content of digestate that will provide context for the development of new uses of outputs from Anaerobic Digesters' is complete, and the project outputs are now available for access.  REAL have been working closely with Solidsense Ltd, the project contractor, to bring the project to fruition. The project outputs include a standalone digestate ‘data pack’ report and a separate digestate valorisation report...

    Posted: 17 December, 2021